About the Contest
The National Space Society Settlement Contest has been sponsored by NASA Ames Research Center from 1994-2018, for many of those years in conjunction with the National Space Society (NSS). In 2019 sponsorship was fully transferred to the National Space Society.
- This annual contest is for all students at up to 12th grade from anywhere in the world. Individuals, small teams of two to five, and large teams of six to twelve are judged separately.
- No more than 12 students on a project. Entries are also grouped by age/grade of the oldest contestant for judging.
- The age groups are 7th and younger, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th. The grand prize is awarded to the best entry regardless of contestant age. Students develop space settlement designs and related materials.
Prizes and Certificates
- Participant certificates will be distributed in pdf form. You will get a link to this certificate when you submit your entry.
- Winner certificates, also in pdf format, will include the names of the students. These should arrive via email by late August. The registered user email address will be used.
- The best submission, regardless of category, wins the grand prize, consisting of the space settlement submission being placed on the contest World Wide Web site.
- The National Space Society (NSS) invites all contest participants to attend the NSS International Space Development Conference (ISDC). Unfortunately, the 2020 Conference has been cancelled due to the coronavirus situation, so 2020 and 2021 contestants will be invited to the 2021 Conference. Every year, hundreds of contestants attend, along with their parents, teachers, siblings and friends. Special activities for contestants are planned, including:
- The highest ranking winners attending will be invited to give oral presentations as time is available.
- To the extent space is available, all contestants who attend will be invited to display a poster of their work.
- Special sessions are arranged for contestants, teachers, parents, etc.
- The highest ranking attending entry will receive the Herman Rubin Award of $5,000 and give a plenary talk at one of the conference’s signature events.
- Contest categories are
- 7th grade and younger: individual, small group, large group,
- 8th grade: individual, small group, large group,
- 9th grade: individual, small group, large group,
- 10th grade: individual, small group, large group,
- 11th grade: individual, small group, large group,
- 12th grade: individual, small group, large group.
Additional categories based on artistic and literary merit are also included in the contest.
How to Register and Submit?
Interested students can register and submit design through this link.
Feb 15, 2021
For more details, click the link below.