Sunday, October 16, 2011

Youtube Space Lab

I can't help but do a little bit of logrolling here by featuring the launch of Youtube Space Lab.  YouTube Space Lab is a new global Youtube program challenging 14-18 year old students around the world to submit a video describing an experiment that can be carried out in space. The winning experiment will be live streamed on YouTube - from the International Space Station.  The winning students will get to pick between one of two grand prizes: a trip to Japan in summer 2012 to see their experiment take off, or, when they turn 18, a chance to participate in the astronaut training program at Russia’s Star City. The four other regional finalists will be given a Zero-G ride, courtesy of Space Adventures, and laptops from Lenovo.

Fast Company ran a great article about the initiative and how it ties back to the Google company DNA:

This contest is the latest Google-supported venture to push science education into the spotlight. Earlier this year, the company ran an open worldwide science fair all by themselves, where kids posted videos explaining their science projects. The finalists in the three age categories were invited to the Google headquarters in Mountain View, CA. After presenting for the judging panel, which included Dean Kamen, Peter Norvig, and other well-decorated scientists and science communicators, winners were picked at a live-streamed event. 

It seems Google is serious about making sure there's enough Google-worthy talent to go around in the future. "Inspiring the next generation of scientists and engineers is something very close to our hearts," Zahan Bharmal, the Google/YouTube project lead and unabashed space geek said at a press conference. “We believe that video can help people learn.”

See the full article here.
Check out the Youtube Space Lab channel here.

Supporting Articles:  Creativity Online | Google Blog