Friday, 7 February 2014

Student Design Contest


NASA Ames sponsors an annual space settlement design contest for 6-12th grade students.

This annual contest, co-sponsored by NASA Ames and the National Space Society (NSS) is for all students up to 12th grade (18 years old) from anywhere in the world. Individuals, small teams of two to five, and large teams of six or more are judged separately. Entries are also grouped by age/grade of the oldest contestant for judging. The age groups are 8th and under, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th. The grand prize is awarded to the best entry regardless of contestant age. Students develop space settlement designs and related materials. These are sent to NASA Ames for judgement. Submissions must be received by March 1.

Contest prizes and certificates:

All participants will receive a certificate. All submissions must be received by March 1, 2014.
The best submission, regardless of category, wins the grand prize, consisting of the space colony submission being placed on the NASA Ames World Wide Web site.
The National Space Society (NSS) invites all 2014 contest participants to attend the NSS 33rd annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in Los Angeles, CA May 14-18, 2014. Every year, hundreds of contestants attend, along with their parents, teachers, siblings and friends. Special activities for contestants are planned, including:
The single highest scoring team or individual attending will receive the NSS Bruce M. Clark, Jr. Memorial Space Settlement Award for $5,000. If a team wins, the sum will be evenly divided amongst them.
The highest ranking winners attending will be invited to give oral presentations as time is available.
To the extent space is available, all contestants who attend will be invited to display a poster of their work.
Special sessions are arranged for contestants, teachers, parents, etc.
These activities are not yet finalized and may change. Nonetheless, this is a tremendous opportunity to present your work, meet some of the most important people in space development as well as your fellow contestants, and have a great time.
If you are planning to attend ISDC 2014, please see the ISDC Space Settlement Students Web Site. Only if necessary, contact nss-students@nss.org. Note: Contestants are responsible for all travel arrangements and costs, visas and conference expenses. Also, minors (children under 18) must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Among other potential problems, the hotel may not allow checkin without an adult in the party.

Students from outside of the U.S. planning on attending the ISDC should apply as soon as possible for a passport and visa. It may take some time (months) to acquire one. If you need a letter of invitation, please use the form at https://www.nss.org/events/contest_invitation_form.shtml ONLY if that does not work, requests for letters of invitation can be sent to nss-students@nss.org along with with the school name, address, and names of students, teachers, or family members needing the letter.

Contest categories are
8th grade and under: individual, small group, large group,
9th grade: individual, small group, large group,
10th grade: individual, small group, large group,
11th grade: individual, small group, large group,
12th grade: individual, small group, large group.
Additional categories based on artistic and literary merit are also included in the contest.
Contestants give NASA the right to publish their submissions without restriction as a condition for entering the contest.
For additional information visit http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/

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