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Student Experiments for the International Space Station

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Students ages 14-18: Have a big idea for an experiment that can be done in space? Bring it! That is, describe it in a video and post it to YouTube Space Lab by December 14. Your idea might be one of two that will actually be built and flown aboard the International Space Station. You’ll also be eligible for some other cool prizes. I’m one of the judges, and I’m looking forward to seeing your ideas. Here’s my YouTube Space Lab call for entries.

I visited “Wake Up with Al” on The Weather Channel a few days ago, and talked to Al Roker about the competition.

Mariette DiChristina About the Author: Editor in Chief, Mariette DiChristina, oversees Scientific American, ScientificAmerican.com, Scientific American MIND and all newsstand special editions. Follow on Twitter @mdichristina.

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  1. 1. bucketofsquid 11:17 am 01/6/2012

    My son was able to have his algae for biofuel experiment go up on the last shuttle. This changed his whole focus from psychology to chemistry. This wasn’t cheap but the long term benefit to our country may possibly be far greater than the short term cost. There is always the chance that it was wasted money but that is true of all research. Better to try than to simply guarantee failure by not trying.

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