There’s no denying that science is pretty cool. Its just about impossible to imagine life without scientific discoveries. I’m a big fan of modern medicine, computers and air travel to name a few. Scientist have made amazing strides to improve our lives but there’s no telling where the next generation of scientists can take us. For that reason many people want to do all they can to encourage young scientists to keep thinking. That’s why a few corporations are hoping to give back to the scientific community.
Enter YouTube Space Lab. Google, YouTube and Lenovo have sponsored a competition for teens 14-18 from all around the world to help generate new experiments to conduct at the International Space Station. The competition generated thousands of 2 minute videos from contenders.
Scientist from all over the world judged the contest and passed 60 experiments on to the finals. Of those 60 videos the very best 6 scientist were invited to Washington DC where they are right now. While they are in DC the finalists are having once in a lifetime experiences like a zero-g parabolic flight, a tour of the Udvar-Hazy Air & Space Museum, and an awards dinner that was held last night. Although its a big honor to have your work chosen as one of the 6 best projects out of thousands of entries, not every experiment can be taken into space. So, at the awards dinner the big winners were announced.
Congratulations to Dorothy and Sara from Michigan, USA:
And Amr from Alexandria, Egypt:
This September the experiments these teens developed will be sent to the International Space Station 250 miles above earth. Their experiments will be carried out by astronauts at the space station and the results will help scientists learn more about how things work in micro gravity.