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OK Go And Blue Origin Launch Art In Space Contest For Creative Experiments
Having playfully conquered gravity themselves in their video "Upside Down & Inside Out," OK Go is now challenging student teams to devise microgravity art projects that fit in a small box — on a rocket. "Get your friends together, get your teachers together, come up with your best ideas," said the band, "because we want to send your art project to space."
The exact specs for the two payloads that will be launched on Blue Origin's New Shepard suborbital spacecraft next year define maximum weight at 1.1 pounds and maximum size at 8 inches by 4 inches by 4 inches. Ingenuity will be required to propose how to make best use of those limited allowances. Students between the ages of 11 and 18 are asked to form groups of three or more with an over-21 adult for supervision and to submit an essay describing their proposals by May 6.
Winners of this "Art in Space" competition will be announced in June and receive support realizing their plans from OK Go Sandbox team members at the University of St. Thomas' Playful Learning Lab. The Lab's engineering students and faculty work with classrooms around the country to guide ingenuity based on OK Go videos as starting points.
OK Go won Best Short Form Music Video for "Here It Goes Again" at the 49th GRAMMY Awards, using treadmills to boldly go where no band had stepped before, at least not on camera. "Upside Down & Inside Out" was nominated for Best Music Video at the 59th GRAMMY Awards. OK Go's "Art in Space" competition is sponsored by Cognizant.