NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, Calif., is excited to announce that the 2012 edition of its Cassini Scientist for a Day essay contest is now accepting submissions!
The contest is open to students in grades 5 through 12 and gives participants the chance to choose one of three images of the Saturnian system and describe why it's the best choice to learn more about Saturn, its rings and/or moons. The three enticing Saturn objects chosen for this year's contest by science planners for NASA's Cassini mission at Saturn are:
1. Saturn's small shepherd moon, Pan
2. Saturn's F Ring
Participants pick their favorite image from the list above and write a persuasive essay of less than 500 words describing the scientific merits of their choice and the questions they hope will be answered by those investigating that particular object. Cassini scientists and educators will read all the entries and choose the winners!
All students who write essays will receive a certificate of participation. Winners and their classes will be invited to participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists and winning essays will be posted on the Cassini website!
For contest rules, videos about each essay topic, a downloadable contest flyer, frequently asked questions, and more information, visit: http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/scientistforaday/
*The contest deadline is Wednesday, October 24, 2012*. Students may work alone or in groups of up to four. All essays must be submitted by the student's teacher. If the essay contest is used as a class assignment, please send the top three essays from each class along with a list of other students who wrote essays for the contest.
The essay contest meets U.S. National Science and Language Arts Standards.