Second Annual AIAA/NASA 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition


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More than any other time in space exploration history, it's an exciting age for educators and students to be part of. Before the end of the next decade, NASA astronauts will return to the moon. This time, we're planning to stay, building outposts and paving the way for eventual journeys to Mars and beyond. Today's students will be tomorrow's explorers.

In 2008, NASA will celebrate its 50th anniversary. Sometimes, in order to look forward, we must take a step back to study the past. Because of this, we want to ask - What do you think is NASA's greatest exploration achievement in the past 50 years and why?

That's the question this competition asks of students ages 11-18. Sponsored by the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and in collaboration with NASA, the second annual 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition challenges students to create unique audio and video podcasts.

Running from October 1 through January 4, this competition is open to United States citizens ages 11-18. Students are grouped into two age divisions: 11-14 and 15-18. Students in each division will submit an entry in one of two separate categories of their choosing: audio podcast or video podcast. First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in each age group and category within that age group. An additional "People's Choice Award", selected by the public, will honor one podcast for each age division.

Only one entry may be submitted for each student. More competition details and the entry form can be found at the 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition website at http://www.explorationpodcast.com. Students under 18 need written consent from a parent or guardian.

All work needs to be original. Any use of copyrighted material will disqualify the entry.

So students, grab a computer, mic, and/or video camera and get busy. The competition begins October 1, and ends after the first 1,000 entries are submitted in each category OR at midnight on January 4, whichever comes first.

And teachers, encourage your students to put on their thinking caps, reflect on the past, and see how it connects to the future. This is a wonderful opportunity to take a close look at where space exploration may take 21st Century explorers!

Winners will be announced at the 3rd Space Exploration Conference in Denver, CO on February 28, 2008. Following the announcement, all winning entries will be posted on the competition website.

Find out more by visiting these related Web sites.

3rd Space Exploration Conference http://www.aiaa.org/content.cfm?pageid=230&lumeetingid=1989

The Vision for Space Exploration http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/exploration/main/index.html

http://www.explorationpodcast.com

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