Dr Karl is the face of YouTube Space Lab competition
24 October 2011
Dr Karl Kruszelnicki, the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow in the Faculty of Science at the University of Sydney, is the face of the YouTube Space Lab competition for the Asia Pacific region.
Google, in cooperation with Lenovo, NASA, the European Space Agency (ESA) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), are challenging 14 to 18 year olds to design an experiment that can be conducted in space. The worldwide winner of the competition will have their experiment performed by astronauts on the International Space Station and live streamed on YouTube around the world.
"YouTube Space Lab brings the magic of space to students around the world. It's an exciting way for them to learn more about space and the International Space Station, while designing their experiment," said Dr Karl.
"The winner will have the amazing experience of their experiment being conducted on the International Space Station, plus lots of other fabulous space-related prizes, including a visit to NASA," explained Dr Karl.
"Entrants just need to think of a science topic or question that they would want to explore, then explain their proposed experiment in any way they like in a two minute film for YouTube."
Dr Karl was chosen by Google to promote the competition due to his high profile as a science communicator and his popularity with children and adults alike.
A series of short promotional films were shot with Dr Karl in the Main Quadrangle of the University of Sydney, in which he outlines the concept of the YouTube Space Lab competition, and answers other questions such as 'Did you always excel at Science at school?' and 'What do you believe is our greatest unanswered question?'.
In one of the films, Dr Karl explains the classic gravity experiment conducted by astronauts on the Apollo 15 Mission to the Moon in 1971. Astronaut Dave Scott drops a falcon feather and a hammer on the Moon to demonstrate gravity - watch the film to see what happens.
The YouTube Space Lab competition closes on 7 December 2011 and entry details can be seen at: www.youtube.com/user/spacelab
Watch the films with Dr Karl Kruszelnicki at:
Dr Karl's introduction to the YouTube Space Lab competition: www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=7gW_wTQjhFQ
Dr Karl Q&A on Science and Space: www.youtube.com/watch?v=oGLrqGJgLGY&feature=relmfu
Dr Karl explains the Falcon Apollo Lunar Module gravity experiment from 1971: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCXyg3oG6pU&feature=relmfu
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