TIS Newsletter 2012 #3

2013 NASA Space Settlement Design Contest

This contest is open to ALL students in grades 12 and under! Individuals and teams of two or more students are challenged to create a detailed design for a space settlement. Space settlements are permanent communities in orbit, as opposed to being on the moon or other planets. Designing a space settlement involves physics, mathematics, space science, environmental science and many other disciplines. Students may include original research, drawings, artwork, actual models or pictures of their models in support of their design. There is no minimum or maximum length for written entries.The NASA Space Settlement Design Contest is intended for students in grades 6-12, although younger students may enter. Grade levels are judged separately, except for the grand prize. All participants will receive a certificate. The grand prize entry will be displayed on the NASA Ames website. The highest-scoring entry will receive the NSS Bruce M. Clark, Jr. Memorial Space Settlement Award in the amount of $5,000. Submissions (hard copies only; no electronic/ data file submissions) must be received by March 15, 2013. Teachers using the contest in their classes should submit all projects together. Entry forms are available here: http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/entform.html.

For detailed information about the NASA Space Settlement Design Contest, including curriculum ideas, contest rules, submission guidelines and instructions, resources, and previous winning entries, visit http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest.

Space Florida International Space Station Research Contest

Space Florida and NanoRacks, LLC are accepting entries for this competition until October 31, 2012. If you have been holding onto a idea for an experiment, now’s the time to send it in! As part of this program, NanoRacks will provide up to eight Payload Box Units (NanoLabs) that will fly payloads to the ISS, with scientific research that will be conducted on board the U.S. National Lab. Space Florida will cover the costs of research payload transportation to the ISS for the eight winning applicants.

The Space Florida ISS Research Competition is designed to inspire innovation and enable unique research opportunities and access for customers to the ISS. Breakthroughs in material and life sciences, environmental monitoring, complex drugs and other consumer items enabled by space-based research benefit a broad range of emerging markets for government, commercial and academic customers. Research proposals will be reviewed and judged by an independent and scientifically qualified team, based on commercial viability and overall benefit to mankind. For detailed information about the Space Florida International Space Station (ISS) Research Competition, including contest rules, resources, submission guidelines and instructions, visit www.spaceflorida.gov/iss-research-competition.

Teachers in Space Volunteer Opportunities

Teachers in Space is a non-profit organization that depends on enthusiastic and reliable volunteer support. At this time, we are seeking volunteers to help in the following areas: curriculum development, taking minutes during monthly TiS team meetings, managing the budget for TiS projects, and writing/researching for the TiS newsletter. If you would like to help (and can dedicate at least 1-2 hours per week to TiS), please submit your resume and cover letter to a.kennick@spacefrontier.org. Please include the task for which you are volunteering in your subject line.

NASA 120 Day Survey

Everyone who participated in a TiS workshop this summer should have received a follow-up survey from NASA. These short 10-question surveys must be completed and submitted by the end of this month. If you have not yet received your survey, click the link above to submit your thoughts and experiences to NASA. These surveys are vital to the grant funding process – without them we will not be able to continue offering NASA-funded workshops to teachers like you!

Next Month’s Newsletter

Early details on the TiS summer 2013 workshops, our new website, and more!

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