The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students from class 5-12 to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by the Cassini spacecraft and are tasked to choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This choice must then be supported in essay.
The topics for the contest
- Learn about Saturn, its fascinating rings and two of its most intriguing moons. Once your research is complete, choose one of the three targets and defend your choice in an essay of up to 500 words. Your decision should be based on which target you think would provide the most interesting scientific results. Just like real scientists do, explain what you hope to learn from the image you have selected.
- Send your work to email@example.com by no later than February 24, 2017.
What are the rules of the contest?
- This opportunity is open to all students in Nepal who are in grades 5 to 12.
- Students can work alone or in teams of up to four students.
- All submissions must be students' original work. Entries containing plagiarized material will be disqualified.
- Essays that are longer than 500 words will be disqualified.
- Use only plain text (no images or attachments). Attachments will not be accepted.
- Communication skills are an important part of being a scientist. Spelling and grammar will be considered in addition to the ideas expressed in the essay.
- Essay writers will be divided into three groups: grades 5 to 6, grades 7 to 8 and grades 9 to 12.
- The names and contact information will not be included in the word count for the 500-word essay.
To enter the contest
- By participating, students agree to assign copyright to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) so that JPL and NASA can post the essays, as excerpts or in their entirety, on NASA web sites, along with the authors' name, grade, school, city, and state.
- Entries must be submitted by teachers. Entries can be submitted either in Nepali or English.
- Your name, email address, telephone number including area code, and the name and address of the school, so that we may contact you.
- The name(s) and grade(s) of all students who contributed to each essay (a maximum of four per essay).
- You are welcome (and encouraged) to use this contest as a class assignment. However, you can ONLY submit the top three essays from each of your classes for us to judge.
- Only the top three essays from each class will be included in the judging. After submitting your top three essays per class, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the list of names of other students from your class(es) who wrote essays so we can make certificates of participation for them. If you teach more than one class, you may submit up to three top essays per class.
- Once winners are selected, winners' teachers will be contacted and asked to provide a photograph of the student(s) to post on our website along with the winning essays. Parents/guardians must submit written authorization to let us post the photos online.
- The decision of the judges is final.
- The winning schools, and as many other schools as possible, will be invited to participate in a teleconference or videoconference with Cassini scientists.
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