YouTube SpaceLab To Blast Teens’ Experiments Into Space

By Nikki Garrett Metzger

(Victor Valley)– Teenagers: imagine your science experiment performed in space! YouTube is teaming up with some incredible partners and a distinguished panel of expert judges from around the world to make this happen.

YouTube Space Lab is a worldwide competition that challenges teenagers to create a space experiment. The two winning projects will be performed in space aboard the International Space Station (ISS) and broadcast on YouTube.

Prizes for the winning participants are a choice between a trip to Japan where they can watch as their experiment rockets into outer space, or a taste of astronaut training in Star City, Russia, the training center for Russian cosmonauts.

When the experiments are eventually run, the results will be streamed live on YouTube.

The competition is divided into two age groups. 14-16 years, and 17-18 years.

Students who want to get in on the action can submit a 2-minute YouTube video describing their experiment, and in March 2012, six finalists will go to Washington DC to take part in a ZERO-G flight, which simulates the experience of life in outer space.

Space Lab is part of YouTube’s ongoing efforts in the education sector, alongside existing projects, such as EDU and YouTube Teachers.

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