YouTube, acting on a Google idea, and computer giant Lenovo (along with every major space agency) have recently partnered for a rare initiative to challenge young minds. It’s called Space Lab and entrants from the 14-18 year old age bracket can have the chance to see their experiments conducted in space. The experiments must be pertinent to the scientific gist of this entire endeavor though.
The goal of Space Lab seems to have originated in the minds of Google’s marketing people and has since grown into a PR opportunity for partner Lenovo and the affiliates involved. This is because regional finalists snag IdeaPad laptops, the first of many prizes that includes a visit to Washington,D.C. followed by a zero-G flight and then bragging rights of having a self-conceived experiment performed in outer space.
It doesn’t end there, as global grand champions who’ve concocted the finest experiments might even qualify for cosmonaut training in Russia.
The competition mechanics calls for a student or group of three students to tackle a scientific question with a demonstrable experiment to be uploaded on the video sharing site’s Space Lab channel. A bunch of real world scientists are going to decide which entries are worthy and select the lucky few.
And there’s even a helpful video ready to explain this gig better than we did:
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