Students: YouTube Space Lab Wants To Conduct Your Science Experiments…From Space!

Yesterday YouTube announced their new YouTube Space Lab project with Lenovo. They’re asking students, ages 14 to 18, to submit videos explaining ideas for science experiments for space and the winning ideas will be performed and live streamed from the International Space Station.

Earlier this year the NASA crew fielded YouTubers questions live from space and now YouTube is headed galaxy-ward once again.  Yesterday YouTube announced their new YouTube Space Lab project with Lenovo.  They’re asking students, ages 14 to 18, to submit videos explaining ideas for science experiments for space and the winning ideas will be performed and live streamed from the International Space Station.

YouTube Space Lab lead Zahaan Bharmal explains how the competition works on the YouTube blog:

“Interested students are invited to come up with an idea for a science experiment that can be conducted in space and upload a video explaining it to YouTube by December 7, 2011.  The YouTube community and a panel of distinguished scientists, astronauts and expert judges, including Professor Stephen Hawking, will pick the best ones.  If your video is selected, it will be performed aboard the ISS and live streamed on YouTube to the world in 2012.”

As if having your science experiment performed in space wasn’t awesome enough, they’re also throwing in some prizes for the winners.  The prizes include ZERO-G flights, Lenovo IdeaPad laptops, and a choice of a trip to Tanagashima Island, Japan to see your experiment blast off in a rocket or an astronaut training experience in Russia (though you can’t claim this one unless or until you are 18).

You can find all the details at YouTube.com/spacelab.  What kind of experiment would you like to see performed in space?

Megan O’Neill is the resident web video enthusiast here at Social Times.  Megan covers everything from the latest viral videos to online video news and tips, and has a passion for bizarre, original and revolutionary content and ideas.