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Just like school not! TEDYouth is like a TED Conference for high school students, starring a lineup of speakers working at the top of their fields of culture, science, technology and art. Youll hear about scientific discoveries and crazy art projects that will surprise you, make you laugh and blow your mind a little.

TEDYouth is taking place on Saturday, November 17, from 1 to 6pm EST, at the Times Center in Manhattan.

If youre in high school, you should come! Its free you just need to sign up by October 15. If you think your class or club should go, definitely share this link with your teacher.Apply to attend TEDYouth >>

After the jump, the exciting lineup of speakers.

Bobak Ferdowsi served as Flight Director for the Mars Curiosity Rover mission (and became an Internet meme for his mohawk haircut).

Rick Smolan is a photographer whose larger-than-life projects have captured the meaning of everyday moments. Right now, hes working on a project that explains how Big Data is reshaping our lives. (Watch his TEDTalk!)

Tour is a writer and cultural critic focused on race and identity in the 21st century. (Watch his TED Talent Search talk!)

Katherine Kuchenbeckerworks on incorporating the sense of touch directly into virtual objects. Imagine being able to feel textures on your digital screens.

Carl Zimmeris a popular science writer and blogger who has obsessions with the origins of human life, parasites, viruses and science tattoos.

Nina Tandon is a tissue engineer at Columbia University and a TED Fellow who studies ways to use electrical signals to grow artificial hearts and bones. (Watch her TEDTalk!)

Clifford Johnson is a theoretical physicist attempting to find the answers to questions like: Why are we here? Where did we and the world come from? And what is the world made of?

Suzanne Simardstudies how trees communicate with one another through fungal networks living on their underground roots.

Maurice Ashleyis an International Grandmaster of Chess in fact, in 1999, he was the first African-American to win that title. He uses an old game created hundreds of years ago to build new strengths.

William Gurstellelives dangerously. He is a DIY expert who builds potato cannons, projectile shooters, fire tornados and PVC pipe speakers.

Deborah Blum is a Pulitzer-winning science writer and professor whos fascinated by the intersection of science and society. Her book The Poisoners Handbook: Murder and the Birth of Forensic Medicine in Jazz Age New York tells the tales of the perfect early-20th-century crime.

David Fasanya and Gabriel Barralaga are young slam poets and members of the 2012 Urban Word Slam Team. Their work has been seen in various shows and performances throughout New York City.

Ayanna Howard is a roboticist whose research aims to answer the question: Will robots ever be smarter than humans?

Mark Changizi aims to grasp the foundations underlying why we think, feel and see as we do. He has written extensively on why we see in color, have forward-facing eyes, and get fooled by illusions.

Tom Chi develops projects pushing the limits of technology. Using rapid prototyping, he created the current version of Google Glass, an augmented reality head-mounted display.

Jer Thorp is the data artist in residence at The New York Times. His work focuses on adding meaning and narrative to huge amounts of data as a way to help people take control of the information that surrounds them. (Watch his TED Talk!)

Gaurav Tekriwal teaches Vedic Mathematics, a super fast and fun way of solving large equations, like 987 x 999 in less than 5 seconds.

And more to come!

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