Judging & Prizes

We are looking for out-of-this-world submissions that show a thorough understanding of NASA Spinoff technology, as well as creative analysis of its benefits here on Earth.

All students who submit completed Glogs, will receive a NASA Certificate of Participation from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center if the parent/guardian provides the necessary information when they provide permission for their child.


Prizes for Glogs

Prizes will be awarded for winning Glogs in each of three age categories:


  • Elementary School (3rd-6th grade)
  • Middle School (7th-8th grade)
  • High School (9th-12th grade)


The winning Glog for grades 3-6, grades 7-8 and 9-12 will grab our attention with text, images and video, as well as links and citations to resources and research. Glogs will be assessed using rubrics found within the Coach Guidebooks and Student Design Packets.


Prizes for the Glog + InWorld Presentations

The winning Glog + InWorld Presentation (Grades 7-12) will grab our attention with virtual world models and images developed with their college mentors in InWorld OPSPARC. The OPSPARC InWorld presentations will be assessed using rubrics found with the Coach Guidebook and Student Design Packet.

Winning Teams or Students

Winning teams (or individual students) are invited to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for two days of in-depth, behind the scenes, hands-on workshops with scientists and astronauts.

Each winning team (or individual) will receive an award stipend of $4,000 to help offset expenses, generously provided by the Foundation for Technology and Privacy Outreach on behalf of our sponsors.

Grades 3-6

In addition, to being invited to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Mad Science®, a long-time partner of NASA and proud sponsor of the OPSPARC contest, is happy to offer the winning team or individual a $200 voucher towards a Mad Science® program of their choice. Mad Science® has been creating and delivering entertaining and educational hands-on activities to kids and their families for more than 30 years for kids ages 3-12.



Judging Criteria & Voting Procedures

A panel of NASA Goddard judges will choose the top 10 entries for each grade category to be entered into the Public Choice Voting stage. Public Choice Voting will take place in April 2018.

After the Public Choice Voting has ended, a panel of NASA Goddard judges will choose the first place winners using rubrics. These rubrics are found within the Coach Guides and Student Design Packets.

* All decisions made by NASA Goddard in regard to choosing a winner will be considered final.



InWorld OPSPARC Selection and Assessment (Grades 7-12)
  • To be considered for InWorld OPSPARC:
    • Students must have completed and successfully submitted a NASA Multimedia Glog that targets James Webb Space Telescope original or Spinoff technology.
    • Be working in teams of 2-4 students.
  • College mentors will review the submitted NASA Multimedia Glogs and select the teams they will mentor for the InWorld OPSPARC.
  • Selected teams will be contacted directly by NASA Goddard with additional information and an introduction to their college mentors.
  • InWorld OPSPARC teams will continue developing their Spinoff designs within a 3D, multi-user virtual world.
  • Six finalist teams will be selected. These six teams will have time to prepare for a 30-minute design review with a NASA evaluation team within the virtual world.
  • The winning team will be selected based upon the 30-minute design review.


InWorld OPSPARC rubrics can be found within the Coach Guide and Student Design Packets.