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: May 11, 18,  and the 25, at Prince George's Community College, Rm. 110 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 June 1st and present their display at the awards reception on June 13, 2019.

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

1st Place Team - International NASA Space Academy Trip. All members of the winning team (including mentor) will receive a chaperoned 6-day,
all-expenses paid trip to attend NASA International Space Academy in Huntsville, Alabama (July) sponsored by the Washington Space Business Roundtable.

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

Business and government support: Our partners for this event are Washington Space Business Roundtable, Maryland Space Business Roundtable,
Genesis Engineering Solutions, The INSPIRE Project and the U.S. Space and Rocket Center.  Several companies, organizations, and interest groups
also been recruited to serve as mentors, sponsors, and contributors to this event.

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

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


Survival Strategy Video Game Set on Mars

"Empowering Students Through Technology"


Solar System Award's Reception
Genesis Engineeing Solutions, Inc.
June 13, 2019

4501 Boston Way, #A
Lanham, Maryland 20706
5:30 - 9:00pm

( Cross Streets: Between Martin Luther King Jr Hwy and Forbes Blvd.)