Space Settlement Contest for Students with 5000 Awards from the National Space Society

Date limite : 15 févr. 2020

Organisation à but non lucratif: National Space Society

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Space Settlement Contest for Students with 5000 Awards from the National Space Society

The National Space Society is inviting all students at up to 12th grade from anywhere in the world to participate in its annual contest. The highest-ranking attending entry will receive an award of $5,000 and give a plenary talk at one of the conference's signature events. The National Space Society (NSS) is an American international nonprofit educational and scientific organization specializing in space advocacy.

Rules and Conditions:

  1. There is a $12 US entry fee due when the entry is submitted for the first time. The fee can be waived for hardship cases. You can apply here.
  2. Submissions must relate to free space settlements. Settlements may not be on a planet or moon, although support activities such as mining may be.
  3. Settlements must be permanent homes, not temporary work camps. Submissions may focus on one or a few aspects of space settlement and supporting systems, including mines, activities leading up to settlement (such as space hotels), economic and social issues, etc.
  4. Designs, original research, essays, stories, models, artwork or any other orbital space settlement related materials may be submitted.
  5. Submissions should not be longer than 50 pages unless it is essential to explain the work. The project must consist of 1-10 pdf or jpg-files (usually just one). Each may be no larger than 24 MB.
  6. Submissions will be made electronically.
  7. The submission must be the student's own work. Plagiarism is forbidden. No part of an entry may be copied with one exception: You may quote short passages, but only if the material is surrounded in double-quotes (") and the source indicated. Quoted materials should rarely be more than a few lines, and never longer than a few paragraphs. Quoting long passages is forbidden. Entries caught plagiarizing, even one part of a large entry, will be disqualified and disposed of.
  8. Instructors, mentors or parents may assist the student by presenting relevant resources, discussing core concepts and suggesting minor edits, but the work itself must be entirely student-produced.
  9. All entries that are not excluded for plagiarism will be judged by one or more judges on their merits. Once the judges submit their scores on a particular entry, the judges’ scores cannot be changed. 
  10. All decisions by the judges are final. The judges’ decisions cannot be challenged in any way by any contestant.
  11. By submitting your entry, you agree that you cannot and will not contest the judges’ decisions in any way.
  12. Individuals, small teams of two to five, and large teams of six to twelve can participate and are judged separately. 
  13. No more than 12 students are allowed on a project. 
  14. The grand prize is awarded to the best entry regardless of contestant age. 
  15. Students should develop space settlement designs and related materials. 

Plagiarism Policy:

  1. You may use other people's ideas in your entry, but not other people's writing.
  2. You may use images from the web, but please credit the source.
  3. To avoid a Plagiarism, it is recommended to do the following:-
  4. Never use copy/paste for any text in your project.
  5. Never write your project while looking at anybody else's text.
  6. Never memorize a passage and type it into your project.

Prizes:

  • 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.

About the National Space Society:

The National Space Society (NSS) is an American international nonprofit educational and scientific organization specializing in space advocacy. It is a member of the Independent Charities of America and an annual participant in the Combined Federal Campaign. The society's vision is: "People living and working in thriving communities beyond the Earth, and the use of the vast resources of space for the dramatic betterment of humanity. The society supports human spaceflight and robotic spaceflight, by both the public and private sector organizations.

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