NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest
Every year, NASA poses a variety of challenges to high school students. One of the challenges is the NASA Ames Space Settlement Contest that requires students to design a self-sustainable orbital space settlement. A group of 5 grade 12 students from Central Peel submitted a project called Transcedence … Innovation beyond the extent of time… The 138-page document submitted to NASA is an interdisciplinary research project that involves:
– Technical details – structural overview, externally operating mechanical systems
– Analysis of sustainable methods to support life on the settlement
– Detailed description of the sociopolitical system including education, political system, legislative system, health system
– Economical system
– Research and Development
– Energy sustainability analysis
This year, NASA received more than 1500 projects from 6000 students from all over the world. The Central Peel team came second in the grade 12 category. It was the only Canadian team that received an award this year. As a result, they attended the 2017 International Space Development Conference in St. Louis, MO. At the conference they presented their project both in an oral and a poster presentation.
The team was also showcased in media. For example,
- on CBC Metro Morning with Matt Galloway http://www.cbc.ca/player/play/912663619979
- on CBC http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/toronto/brampton-students-nasa-prize-international-competition-1.4052581
- in Brampton Guardian https://www.bramptonguardian.com/news-story/7223843-nasa-contest-recognizes-peel-students-for-space-settlement-design/
- in Metro Toronto http://www.metronews.ca/news/toronto/2017/04/03/brampton-students-win-big-with-nasa-for-plan-to-orbit-mars.html
The Central Peel team received congratulatory letters from both the Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, and from Navdeep Bains, the Ontario Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development.
The five Brampton students were also invited to share their project and their vision for a future in space with children at the AstroNuts: Sixth Annual “What’s Up in Space?” Camp & STEM Contest.