General Information: The purpose of the Solar System competition is to create interest in the solar system from a hands-on perspective for local middle school students. Teams of (3) students ages 9 to 14 will complete a research project regarding the ability to travel or live on Mars as a selected planet in the solar system.  The project will include a one-page research paper,  poster board display, oral presentation, and the complete challenge using Mars Game, 3-D digital video game.

Program:  The Solar System Competition will consist of a panel of Astronomy professionals that will judge the students' project based on a set of predetermined criteria, which is distributed to the student teams before the submission of their research.  The awards reception will be at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland. 

Training Workshops: March 3, 17,  and the 24, at Prince George's Community College, Rm. 109 Largo, MD 20772

Rules and Judging Categories of the Solar System Competition

All work should be done by the team members Coaches can help and guide the research but work should be done by the team.

A one page summary of your Mars research. 12pt font 1.5 spacing. May be extend to two pages. Please list your features/characteristics of Mars, problems traveling or living on Mars and your team's solution:

Students will be required to submit their research by April 1st and present their display at the awards reception on April 25, 2018.

Schools: The competition will be among students  from middle schools (6th-8th grade).

 All members of the winning team will win a trip the Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.

                 2nd Place Prize - $50.00 per student
                 3rd Place Prize  - $25.00 per student

Business and government support:Our partners for this event are NASA, The Inspire Project and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center. 
Several companies, organizations, and interest groups will also be recruited to serve as mentors, sponsors, and contributors to the event.

Fee:  You must be an active member of the Patriots/NSBE Jr. Chapter

Information and registration: Call Patriots at 301/925-9350

Solar System Award's Reception
NASA Goddard Space Visitor's Center
April 18, 2019

8800 Greenbelt Road
Greenbelt, Maryland 20771
5:30 - 9:00pm

"Empowering Students Through Technology"


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