YouTube Space Lab – Teen Science Contest!

October 18th, 2011 by diane Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, October 18, 2011 and time for Science at ClickSchooling!
Recommended Website:
YouTube: Space Lab

Age Range: 14-18 (with parental guidance)

YouTube has teamed up with NASA and others to launch a “Space Experiment Contest” that challenges students (ages 14-18) to use their skills in science, math, and engineering to design a science experiment that can be conducted aboard the International Space Station

The top 60 experiments will be announced on January 3, 2012. One of the judges will be renowned astrophysicist Stephen Hawking.

According to, six finalists will meet in Washington, D.C., in March 2012, and get a chance to experience zero-gravity flights on an aircraft and receive other prizes.

Two global winners (one from the 14-16 age group and one from the 17-18 age group) will be picked from among the six finalists. The winning experiments will be performed on the space station next summer.

But that’s not all! The two winners will get to choose one of two grand prizes: a trip to Japan to watch their experiment blast off, or (after they turn 18) a chance to undergo spaceflight training in Star City outside Moscow, the training center for Russian cosmonauts.

When you get to the website, watch the welcome video. Then use the menu on the left side of the screen to learn:

*What is the YouTube Space Lab? – Learn more about this video archive that helps people learn about space.

*The Competition – Get all of the details to enter and wind teh competition. You can enter as a group of 2-3 or solo. You have to submit your video entry on YouTube by December 7th, 2011 (by 23:59 PT) – no exceptions!

*Direct From Space – Get the latest news and images from the ISS.

*Discover Space – Take a journey through the Solar System and watch the most inspiring space videos from across YouTube.

*Technology In Orbit – Find out what laptop they use in space.

Whether you enter the competition or not, you can use this site to learn a lot about space science. Wouldn’t it be cool if a homeschooler won?  :)


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