One of our team members participates in NASA INSPIRE, a great STEM program that offers online and experiential learning opportunities for high school students. Among the great resources provided by NASA INSPIRE is a listing of ongoing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) contests. We thought TDT readers might enjoy learning about some of them, too:
- 2009-2010 Life and Work on the Moon Art and Design Contest NASA invites high school and college students from all areas of study, including the arts, industrial design, architecture and computer design, to submit their work on the theme “Life and Work on the Moon.” Artists are encouraged to collaborate with science and engineering students. Such collaboration is not required but would help to ensure that the work’s subject is valid for the moon’s harsh environment.
- 2009-2010 Fundamental Aeronautics Student Competitions The Fundamental Aeronautics Program has announced its new competitions for the academic year. Students from high school grades through graduate school are invited to research and design an amphibious tiltrotor vehicle with civilian applications. The competition has two divisions: High School and College/University. Teams or individuals may enter either contest, and the program encourages interdisciplinary partnerships. High school participants must be enrolled in an accredited high school, secondary school or home school. For the high school division, a notice of intent is requested by Dec. 15, 2009. Final projects are due March 1, 2010.
- Sixteenth Annual International Space Settlement Design Competition This contest puts high school students in the shoes of aerospace industry engineers designing a city in space that will be a home for over 10,000 people. Student engineers demonstrate creativity, technical competence, management skills, environmental knowledge, space, teamwork, and presentation techniques to conquer the problems inherent in siting and designing a Space Settlement (aka Space Colony). Each year the Competition organizers develop a new design concept with its own special requirements. Contest teams work together to create a 40-page report (see samples from index) that addresses the issues and communicates their ideas and designs. The prize: Twelve finalist teams from around the world are selected to compete with a new scenario in a live Competition at NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas, with real engineers sharing their knowledge and experience in both engineering and management.
- 2010 Team America Rocketry Challenge The rules for TARC 2010 offer a new kind of challenge to the student teams, forcing even teams that may have entered TARC previously to go “back to the drawing board” and learn some new rocketry skills. While the flight goal remains flying an egg to a precise altitude (825 feet this year) and duration, the teams this year will be required to use a completely different type of recovery device to return the egg and altimeter: a streamer rather than a parachute. The techniques for achieving the duration goal with a streamer are quite different; it’s harder, and it will put a new emphasis on protecting the fragile egg payload. TARC 2010 registration opens on September 2, 2009.
Find more STEM competitions at Cogito: http://www.cogito.org/programs/programslist.aspx?competitions and make the most of your techy tendencies!
Browsing for the latest FTC chatter, I came across this great resource: Cogito– lifted from “Cogito Ergo Sum” – “I think, therefore I am.” – the Latin translation of Rene Descartes famous reflection on life and living. Cogito includes FIRST Tech Challenge on its calendar of upcoming events, but that’s just the tip of the knowledge-berg here.
From Cogito’s “About ” page:
You’re passionate about math and science. You already like to think about, talk about, and do math and science, but you also want to know what else is out there—and who else is out there. Or maybe you’re someone with a developing interest in math or science and trying to figure out what’s out there for you and who’s out there to share your ideas with.
Either way, Cogito is just the place for you. On Cogito, you can learn about amazing scientists your own age, what they’re doing and how they managed to do it. You can read news and features on topics ranging from global warming to bioethics to nanotechnology. You can explore the intersection of science and the arts, from computer animation to science fiction. You can find great resources including recommended web sites and webcasts, and searchable listings of summer and distance-education programs, internships, and academic competitions. And if you are a member, you can participate in online interviews with experts in various fields and in discussion forums with other members like you.
Inspired and funded by the John Templeton Foundation, Cogito is being developed through a collaborative effort by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth and eight partners—all highly renowned organizations that serve gifted youth. Other organizations that serve exceptional students, including the sponsors of major math and science competitions and educators that work with students in countries outside of the United States, can become Cogito affiliates and nominate students for membership.
Visit http://www.cogito.org/ to learn more and become a part of Cogito. And check back regularly for other TDT Web Picks!