Thursday, February 18, 2010

Solar System Ambassador

Since I have an interest not only in earthly explorations but the stars beyond as well, I signed up to be Solar System Ambassador through NASA JPL. Periodically, I'll be passing along some info from time to time about opportunities, special announcements, discoveries and/or upcoming missions. Most of my events will be night hikes combined with some star gazing with some fun facts about the planets, constellations and occassionally news from a space mission.

Today it's something for the kids- but hurry, there's not much time left!

From Stephenie Lievense of NASA’s Imagine Mars Project, FYI…

Last Chance to Enter Kids’ Science Challenge!
Design a Sport for Mars and Win a Trip to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory

The Kids Science Challenge, with support from NASA’s Imagine Mars Project, is asking students in grades 3 through 6 to consider what sports might be played by members of the first martian community. Students must submit their very own ideas for a game suitable for the red planet by Feb. 28, 2010. Winners will work with engineers from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to flesh out their plans and bring their sport into reality (at least on Earth).

Mars scientist, Ashwin Vasavada, will work with the winning student/s. “I don’t know what to expect,” he said. “I imagine the ideas will be as extreme as the environment on Mars!” Engineer, Suparna Mukherjee, said, “This is an awesome opportunity for kids to tackle a difficult challenge in a really fun way.”

Funded by a four-year grant from The National Science Foundation, the Kids’ Science Challenge offers elementary-school-age children the opportunity to practice real science and to work with scientists and engineers. Over 770 students entered last year’s competition, and even more are expected to enter this year.

Enter Contest:
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