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 will be awarded for winning Glogs in each of three age categories:
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.
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 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.
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.
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 rubrics can be found within the Coach Guide and Student Design Packets.