A High School Laboratory in Space

Today, YouTube ran a live streaming video concerning their Space Lab project. This project pooled the resources of several government agencies and international corporations to foster interest in space travel for the younger generations.

YouTube sponsored the Space Lab contest, asking young minds to create a science experiment that will be taken to the International Space Station. Two contestants were chosen as winners in March: Amr Mohamed is an Egyptian teen who posited that the Zebra Spider would have the capacity to adapt and thrive as a predator in microgravity. Dorothy Chen and Sarah Ma are from Michigan, and as a team they submitted an experiment testing bacterial response and growth in microgravity. Several scientists worked to help these experiments succeed on the International Space Station.

Among others, scientists and teachers stand at the forefront of the technological revolution, using the Internet to connect an entire generation to new discoveries and ideas. Through YouTube, Google, and other companies, the great minds of today ensure that scientific thought and theories are passed on to the scientists and educators of the future.

Activities like these matter for a few reasons. First, the only way America can compete in a global economy is through a population base that respects, understands, and knows how to make effective use of science and technology. This means encouraging youth to think in innovative ways. Second, forward-thinking civilizations need science to keep them motivated and looking toward worthwhile future possibilities. Otherwise, they become footnotes in the annals of history. Amr, Dorothy, and Sarah understand this, and they are already contributing to everyone’s future.

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