Saturday, May 17, 2008

Contests: NASA Space Settlement Contest

The webpage with complete rules and guidelines is at this link.

NASA Space Settlement Contest.

This annual contest, co-sponsored by NASA Ames and the National Space Society (NSS) is for 6-12th graders (11-18 years old) from anywhere in the world. Individuals, small teams of two to six, and large teams of seven or more (often whole classrooms with teacher leadership) may enter. Grades 6-9 and 10-12 are judged separately, except for the grand prize. Students develop space settlement designs and related materials. These are sent to NASA Ames for judgement. Submissions must be received by March 31, 2009. Check out the results of the 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2008 contests.

Teachers (Please Read) are encouraged to use this contest as part of their curriculum. See the space settlement teacher's page and visit the Ames Educator Resource Center for more information.

For additional information visit the Space Settlement page

Contest prizes and certificates:

  • All participants will receive a certificate. All submissions must be received by March 31, 2009.
  • The best submission wins the grand prize, consisting of the space colony submission being placed on the NASA Ames World Wide Web site.
  • NASA Ames will nominate one contestant to receive the National Space Society (NSS) Student Space Settlement Design of the Year award. The successful contestant must attend the NSS 27th Annual International Space Development Conference in Washington D.C., May 29 - June 1, 2008, to receive the award and give an acceptance speech. This is a tremendous opportunity to meet many of the most important people in space development. Conference registration will be waived, but travel expenses must be paid by the contestant.
  • Divisional winners will be invited to tour NASA Ames Research Center in June 2009. Please be aware that we are unable to help obtain visas or arrange travel in any way. This is the sole responsibility of the contestant. In addition we are unable to provide funding for travel or lodging at this time.
  • All tourists over the age of 17 will need to be US citizens. Tour availability is very limited. Please be advised that all tour policies and security regulations are subject to change.
  • Contest categories are individual 6-9 grade, small group 6-9 grade, large group 6-9 grade, individual 10-12 grade, small group 10-12 grade, and large group 10-12 grade. An additional category based on artistic and literary merit is also included in the contest.
  • There will be a special Life Support category this year. Entries with strength in life support and/or describe biology laboratories and experiments that take advantage of variable psuedo-gravity levels and the radiation environment inside space colonies will be considered for this category.
  • Contestants give NASA the right to publish their submissions without restriction as a condition for entering the contest.