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Earthzine to Hold Third Annual Essay and Blogging Contest on Sustainability | Earthzine

Earthzine to Hold Third Annual Essay and Blogging Contest on Sustainability | Earthzine.

Earthzine to Hold Third Annual Essay and Blogging Contest on Sustainability

Earthzine invites undergraduate and graduate students from around the world to submit an essay for its 2011 Third Annual College and University Student Essay and Blogging Contest. This year’s contest theme is “How Can Earth Observation Help Us to Build a More Sustainable World?”

Winners will share $1,200 in prizes, with $500 for the first prize. They also will receive certificates. All finalists will receive an Earthzine T-shirt.

Eligibility: Enrollment in any (e.g. American, European, African, Asian, etc.) undergraduate or graduate degree program at an accredited college or university, attending full or part-time at the time of essay submission. Please indicate your anticipated year of graduation and the contact email of your registrar.

The submission deadline is Dec. 22, 2011 (Solstice).

Find more information at http://www.earthzine.org/2011/09/22/earthzine-to-hold-third-annual-essay-and-blogging-contest-on-sustainability/

Space Generation Move an Asteroid Paper Competition – Deadline July 1, 2011

Move an Asteroid is an outreach project designed to raise awareness by offering students and young professionals (under the age of 35) the chance to come up with original ideas about Near Earth Object deflection and warning. The goal of this competition is to describe an innovative idea relating to one or more of these three areas:

The safe deflection of an Earth-bound NEO
The detection of NEOs
A global impact warning system

Each entrant will submit a technical paper, up to ten (10) pages long, describing their design. The prize is a full scholarship to the International Astronautical Congress and the Space Generation Congress. For further information and a complete list of requirements, visit http://spacegeneration.org/index.php/activities/126-neo-move-an-asteroid

NASA Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project – Deadline March 15, 2011

NASA’s Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project invites high school students to propose ideas and designs for future aircraft that use less fuel, produce less harmful emissions, and make less noise.

Due Date March 15, 2011

Write a well-documented essay to describe your ideas for a large commercial air transport vehicle (200 passenger minimum) that will incorporate advanced materials, advanced propulsion systems, including unconventional architectures, non-conventional aircraft designs, produce less harmful emissions, less noise, and greater fuel efficiency than commercial passenger vehicles used in today’s aviation industry.

Together with your essay, provide a one-minute video to describe your best idea. The video will count as ten percent of your overall score.

Eligibility & Awards for high school students or teams

All competitors should be full time students at an accredited institution of secondary education. Foreign students are invited to enter but are not eligible for financial awards. Through a NASA cooperative agreement with a Virginia-based university, US citizens may win cash awards; non-citizens may win trophies and certificates. The winning student or team of students may be invited to display their video at a NASA sponsored event.

For complete contest information, go to http://aero.larc.nasa.gov/era_high/competitions_high_era.htm

Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest – Entries Due October 27, 2010

image of child with telescope looking at the night skyThe Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by Cassini and choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This choice must then be supported in a 500-word essay. Teaming up is encouraged. Winners will participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists.

The contest is open to all students in the United States from grades 5-12, working alone or in groups of up to four students. The essays will be divided into three groups: grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. All submissions must be students’ original work. Each student can submit only one entry.

Deadline for Fall 2010 submissions is noon Pacific time (3 p.m. EDT) on Oct. 27, 2010.
For more information, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/scientistforaday/

Earth Science Week 2009 Essay Contest — Open to Students in Grades 6-9

The American Geological Society is sponsoring an essay contest to celebrate Earth Science Week 2009. Essays should focus on the theme “Climate Connects.” The contest is open to students in grades 6-9 who are residents of the United States. Participants should submit an original essay no more than 300 words in length, typed, and formatted to fit on one page. Entries may be submitted electronically or by mail. The deadline for submitting entries is Oct. 16, 2009.

http://www.earthsciweek.org/contests/essay/index.html

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Spring 2009 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest – Deadline April 30, 2009

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three target images taken by Cassini and choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This choice must then be supported in a 500-word essay. Teaming up is encouraged. Winners will participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists.

The contest is open to all students in the United States from grades 5-12, working alone or in groups of up to four students. The essays will be divided into three groups: grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. All submissions must be students’ original work. Each student can submit only one entry.

Deadline for Spring 2009 submissions is noon Pacific time (3 p.m. EDT) on April 30, 2009 .

For more information, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/scientistforaday/

Spring 2008 Cassini Scientist for a Day Contest – Deadline May 8, 2008

The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants are challenged to examine three target images taken by Cassini and choose the one that they think will yield the best scientific results. This choice must then be explained in a 500-word essay.

The contest is open to all students in the United States from grades 5-12, working alone or in groups of up to four students. The essays will be divided into three groups: grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. All submissions must be students’ original work. Each student can submit only one entry.

Deadline for Spring 2008 submissions is noon Pacific time (3 p.m. EDT) on May 8, 2008 .
For more information, visit http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientist/

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NASA Space Settlement Design Contest

Design a space colony! Space colonies are permanent communities in orbit, as opposed to being on the moon or other planets. Designing a space colony involves physics, mathematics, space science, environmental science and many other disciplines. This contest is for 11-18-year-old students from anywhere in the world. Individuals or teams may enter. Grades 6-9 and 10-12 are judged separately, except for the grand prize. All participants will receive a certificate. Prizes will be awarded to winning entries.

Submissions must be received by March 31, 2008.

For additional information about the contest, visit http://www.nas.nasa.gov/About/Education/SpaceSettlement/Contest/.

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