Volunteer Judges Needed for 20th Annual NASA Ames Student Space Settlement Design Contest


image 6-12th Grade Students, Building 262, Room 180, March 27-28

POC: Albert Globas, aglobus@mail.arc.nasa.gov

Since 1994, NASA Ames has hosted an annual Space Settlement Design Contest for 6-12th grade students. Thousands of students and hundreds of teachers from around the world have involved themselves in space settlement, some devoting months of intense effort. Prize winners now find themselves at Harvard, Stanford, MIT and other top universities and at least one flew a zero-gravity experiment for the European Space Agency (ESA). Contestants work at home and send their entries to Ames each March. Extensive reference materials are supplied on the web. All entries are judged in a two-day period by a panel of NASA and contractor personnel. Judges commit to one hour or more anytime on Wednesday and/or Thursday, March 27-28, between 10:30 a.m. and 7 p.m. Judging will be in Building 262, Room 180. No experience or specific technical expertise are needed and it is a lot of fun (less expert judges can evaluate entries from the younger students). Contest details are at http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/

Of the contest

Fred Jacques, Berlin Community School teacher from New Jersey wrote, "In my recent experience with the Space Settlement Design project it became clear that the level of student motivation was miraculous. Many of the student participants became engrossed with the possibilities this subject evoked and in a number of cases study time doubled." To participate, send an email to aglobus@mail.arc.nasa.gov .

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