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A Transformational Experience: NASA's 2018 OPSPARC Challenge Winners Come to Goddard
A Transformational Experience: NASA's 2018 OPSPARC Challenge Winners Come to Goddard

July 17, 2018

The winners of NASA's 2018 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge, or OPSPARC, gathered at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, June 13 through 14 to take behind-the-scenes tours, meet some of Goddard's top scientists and receive awards from actor Peter Cullen, the voice actor for OPTIMUS PRIME in the TRANSFORMERS shows and movies.

NASA’s 2018 OPSPARC Winners Discovered a Spark in Innovation
NASA’s 2018 OPSPARC Winners Discovered a Spark in Innovation

May 18, 2018
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is pleased to announce the winners of NASA’s 2018 OPSPARC. In collaboration with Mad Science Group, Inc., a leading science enrichment provider; prominent science fiction and fantasy book imprint, Tor Books; certified privacy and consent manager, PRIVO; and The Foundation for Technology and Privacy Outreach; the challenge called for students in grades 3 through 12 to “Be the Spark” and find a new purpose for an existing NASA technology.

Students created their own innovations inspired by NASA technologies and shared their ideas on student-designed digital poster boards called “Glogs,” using a cloud-based, interactive learning and multimedia platform made by Glogster. This year, there were eight winners in the three age groups for the Glogster only track: elementary, middle and high school.

Ready to Be the Spark for NASA's OPSPARC 2018
Ready to Be the Spark for NASA's OPSPARC 2018

October 17, 2017
OPTIMUS PRIME is asking students to "Be the Spark" and help humankind by raising awareness of the benefits that NASA technologies contribute to our everyday lives by participating in the NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). The challenge hopes to inspire to kids ignite their creative thinking with the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge.

NASA’s TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge 2017 has Found its Spark
NASA’s TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge 2017 has Found its Spark

May 8, 2017
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is pleased to announce the winners of NASA’s 2017 TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC).

Sponsored by science enrichment provider Mad Science and leading science fiction and fantasy book imprint, Tor Books, the contest called for students in grades 3 through 12 to “Be the Spark” and use NASA technology to create spinoffs that are… “MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE.”

NASA 2017 OPSPARC Winners Put a New Spin on Webb Telescope Technology
NASA 2017 OPSPARC Winners Put a New Spin on Webb Telescope Technology

June 19, 2017
The winners of the 2017 OPSPARC contest met the call to “Be the Spark” behind innovative concepts for new uses of NASA technologies, sharing their spinoff ideas in digital poster boards, called glogs, within a cloud-based, interactive learning and multimedia platform made by Glogster.

NASA’s OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge 2016 Found the Spark
NASA’s OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge 2016 Found the Spark

May 11, 2016
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, together with Hasbro, are pleased to announce the winners of NASA’s 2016 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). The contest called for students in grades 3 through 12 to “be the spark” behind innovative concepts for new uses of NASA technologies.

OPSPARC 2016: NASA and TRANSFORMERS Team Up for 2016 Spinoff Challenge with New Name, New Look, Same Great Experience
OPSPARC 2016: NASA and TRANSFORMERS Team Up for 2016 Spinoff Challenge with New Name, New Look, Same Great Experience

January 13, 2016
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is about to “roll out” a new look and format for what was formerly called the NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge. Don’t let the name change confuse you: NASA’s OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC) is still a contest that challenges students to help raise awareness and understanding of NASA technologies and their many benefits to our everyday lives.

NASA Engineers Urge Baylor Students to Pursue Patent
NASA Engineers Urge Baylor Students to Pursue Patent

With encouragement from engineers at the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, four Baylor juniors are pursuing a patent for a problem-solving idea involving microshutter array technology.

OPSPARC 2016: NASA and TRANSFORMERS Team Up for 2016 Spinoff Challenge with New Name, New Look, Same Great Experience.
OPSPARC 2016: NASA and TRANSFORMERS Team Up for 2016 Spinoff Challenge with New Name, New Look, Same Great Experience.

May 15, 2017
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is about to “roll out” a new look and format for what was formerly called the NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge.

Winners Announced for NASA’s 2017 Transformers OPSPARC – Press Release
Winners Announced for NASA’s 2017 Transformers OPSPARC – Press Release

May 10, 2017
We’ve just received news from Hasbro concerning the NASA Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC), which sought to find a new student science project that can commercialize NASA technology products – with a More Than Meets the Eye theme!

NASA 2017 OPSPARC Winners Put a New Spin on Webb Telescope Technology
NASA 2017 OPSPARC Winners Put a New Spin on Webb Telescope Technology

May 8, 2017
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is pleased to announce the winners of NASA’s 2017 TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC).

Sponsored by science enrichment provider Mad Science and leading science fiction and fantasy book imprint, Tor Books, the contest called for students in grades 3 through 12 to “Be the Spark” and use NASA technology to create spinoffs that are… “MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE.”

Hamlin Students Win NASA’s Optimus Prime Challenge
Hamlin Students Win NASA’s Optimus Prime Challenge

May 8, 2017
The two winning Hamlin 7th graders (Alexa T. and Ellie J.) researched Thermawing technology, which prevents plane wings from freezing. They redesigned it to be put in greenhouses to keep crops from freezing in the winter. They also made a physical model of their spinoff creation.

FOUR ESUMS STUDENTS ARE SEMIFINALISTS FOR THE NASA OSPARC CHALLENGE!
FOUR ESUMS STUDENTS ARE SEMIFINALISTS FOR THE NASA OSPARC CHALLENGE!

In Mr. Tynes’ 3D Modeling classes, students were asked to use their imagination and creativity to identify NASA Spinoff technology in their everyday world. Items such as memory foam, invisible braces, firefighting equipment, artificial limbs, scratch-resistant lenses, aircraft anti-icing systems, shoe insoles, water filters/purification, cochlear implants, satellite television, and long-distance telecommunications were first developed for a NASA mission and then, re-worked to make everyday life easier.

 NASA contest: 2 local students in top 10
NASA contest: 2 local students in top 10

April 27, 2017
Two R.E. Thompson Elementary third-graders are in the top 10 in the nation in NASA’s OPSPARC Challenge, a spin-off project where students use NASA technology to create an item to be used in everyday life.

Two R.E. Thompson students make top 10 in NASA contest
Two R.E. Thompson students make top 10 in NASA contest

April 26, 2017
Two R.E. Thompson Elementary third-graders are in the top 10 in the nation in NASA’s OPSPARC Challenge, a spinoff project where students creatively use NASA technology to create an item to be used in everyday life.

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Crew Members Visit Downes Elementary School
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Crew Members Visit Downes Elementary School

February 7, 2017
The far reaches of outer space became a lot closer for the third, fourth and fifth graders at Downes Elementary School on January 26. ‘The Crew’ from NASA Goddard’s Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO) in Greenbelt Maryland presented information to students about their nation-wide contest called the Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC).

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Visits Downes Elementary School
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center Visits Downes Elementary School

February 2, 2017
The far reaches of outer space just became a lot closer for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at Downes Elementary School.

‘The Crew’ from NASA Goddard’s Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO) in Greenbelt Maryland paid a visit to Downs Elementary on January 26th and presented their nation-wide student contest called the Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC).

TZHS Team Wins First Place in NASA Optimus Prime Spinoff And Research (OPSPARC) Challenge
TZHS Team Wins First Place in NASA Optimus Prime Spinoff And Research (OPSPARC) Challenge

May 27, 2016
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, together with Hasbro, have just announced the winners of NASA’s 2016 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). TZHS seniors Alexander Li and Isaac Wecht and sophomores Isabel Wecht and Jake Laddis were voted first in a nation-wide Public Voting competition as well as in a second competition to develop their design virtually with college mentors from Virginia Tech.

NASA Announces Public Voting For OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC)
NASA Announces Public Voting For OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC)

April 19, 2016
The Strategic Partnerships Office at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, announces that the public voting portion of OPSPARC 2016 is open as of April 19, 2016. More than 800 students from across the U.S. participated in this year’s OPSPARC, and NASA is asking for the public’s help in determining the winners for 2016. The purpose of OPSPARC is to raise awareness of the everyday benefits of NASA’s Technology Transfer Program and to inspire student’s interest in becoming a part of the space program.

Gallaher Elementary Students are the First in Delaware to Learn More About the NASA Challenge Contest
Gallaher Elementary Students are the First in Delaware to Learn More About the NASA Challenge Contest

February 8, 2016
NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD announces NASA’s OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC), a contest that challenges students to help raise awareness and understanding of NASA technologies and their many benefits to our everyday lives. On February 2 at 2:00 p.m., Gallaher Elementary School students were the first students in Delaware to learn more about the worldwide OPSPARC contest.