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NASA Space Settlement Contest-2015

Deadline: 01-Mar-2015

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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 7th and under, 8th, 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. Check out the results of the 1994199519961997199819992000200120022003200420052006200720082009201020112012,2013, and 2014 contests.

Eligibility

  • All submissions must be received by March 1, 2015.
  • A NASA certificate will be sent via the post office to all participants unless plagiarism is detected.
  • 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 2015 contest participants to attend the NSS 34rd annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada May 20-24, 2015. 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.

  • Contest categories are
    • 7th grade and under: individual, small group, large group,
    • 8th grade: 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 see the rest of this page and the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ).

Submission

Send a hard copy of your entry and two hard copies of a filled out entry form (one firmly attached to your entry and the other loosely attached, perhaps with a paper clip) to:

NASA Ames Research Center
Al Globus/Mail Stop 262-4
Bldg. 262, Rm. 277
Moffett Field, CA 94035-0001
USA

Entries must arrive by March 1, 2015.

How to apply?

  • Submissions must relate to orbital settlements. Settlements may not be on a planet or moon. Settlements must be permanent, relatively self-sufficient homes, not temporary work camps.
  • Designs, original research, essays, stories, models, artwork or any other orbital space settlement related materials may be submitted.
  • Submissions must be made in hard copy. No electronic submissions are accepted under any circumstances. This includes Power Point presentations, discs, CD's, DVD, videos or anything but paper. NASA does not return contestant submissions. However, you may create an electronic project, such as a video or web site, and send us a hard copy description of the project. The description should include images and text to describe the project in sufficient detail for judgement. If your electronic project is web accessible, you may include the URL. It will not be us

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