Freebee Friday: BLAST OFF
Lenovo and YouTube are sponsoring a contest that is out of this world. It challenges physics and biology classes to design a zero-gravity experiment that will actually fly on the International Space Station (ISS) 250 miles above earth. All you need to do is come up with a good idea for a low gravity experiment, create a 2 minute video and post it on YouTube before December 7 describing the idea and what it will show.
Finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges that includes distinguished physicist Stephen Hawking. Early in 2012, the finalists will go to Washington, DC for the announcement ceremony, get to ride a zero-G plane flight and receive a Lenovo tablet. There will be two grand prize winners, who will have their experiments created, rocketed to the ISS and carried out. They will also travel to Russia for the same training course that prospective astronauts get and will spend time in the ISS simulator to get an idea what their experiments will experience. Blast Off is next summer.