If you are between the ages of 14 and 18, you can enter a NASA/Space Adventures contest to have your original science experiment featured on the International Space Station. You don’t need to be a payload specialist, just a young person with a great imagination and a neat idea that you’d like to carry out in space.
All you need to do is to create a two-minute video describing your experiment and upload it to You Tube Space Lab before December 7, 2011. If you are shy, you can enter as a team of up to three.
Six regional finalists will get to travel to Washington, D.C. to participate in a zero-gravity flight. The big prize?
The finalists will get to travel to either Russia, where they can engage in an authentic astronaut training experience, or Japan to watch their experiment blast off into space. They also receive the grand prize of having their experiments performed on the space station and live streamed for the public via YouTube.
The best part is that if you don’t win, you still get the satisfaction that Stephen Hawking saw your work. That’s right, The Man himself is lined up to participate as one of the plum judges in this out-of-this-world contest.
Not in the 14-18 age bracket? You can still participate by voting for your favorite finalist on You Tube on January 3, 2012. And of course, by being a great influence and passing on this info to that clever teen in your life.