SECURING THE PIPELINE....
Dr. Christyl Johnson
Deputy Director for Technology
and Research Investments
NASA GODDARD SPACE FLIGHT CENTER
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.
Program: Nine teams of 5 students will complete a research project regarding the ability to travel or to live on Mar for a selected planet in the solar system.
The project will include a five-page research paper, a brochure, an original web page, postal board display, and oral presentation, and the completion of a
computer programming challenge in real-time using the Mars Game, which is a highly immersive 3-D digital video game all of which will be awarded
at the reception on the day of the event.
Schools: The competition will be among students teams from middle schools (6th-8th grade) in the Maryland area.
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. It will also host teachers, parent, local business leaders, and elected officials.
Awards Programs: Students will be required to submit their research by March 31st and present their display at the awards reception on April 13, 2017.
Prizes: All members of the winning 1st place team is granted a $25 gift card. The winning team will attend the Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama.
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.
Information and Registration:Call Patriots at 301-925-9350 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Solar System Competition
April 13, 2017
NASA Goddard Space Center
Goddard Visitor Center
8800 Greenbelt Road
Greenbelt, MD 20771
5:30pm to 8:30pm
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