Organized each year to encourage students to delve further into the mysteries of the universe and to promote science and teamwork among young minds, the NASA Space Settlement Contest is now known world over. The contest conducted jointly by NASA Ames Research Center and the National Space Society (NSS), has just completed the 2014 edition and a project developed by Grade 8 students of KIIT International School in Odisha bagged the second prize this year.
Dubbed as Zenith’s Labyrinth, the futuristic project unraveled a space colony design for the future that appealed to both the judges and over 400 scientists across the globe, who picked the eventual winners. Six class 8 students – Aman Patnaik, Abhishek Mahapatra, Sai Krishanth P.M., Nitish Mohanty, Satwik Gadnayak and Saurik Mishra worked on the project for 12 weeks.
The students from Bhubaneswar were pretty elated to bag the silver in Grade VIII category and will now fly to Los Angeles in May to attend the International Space Development Conference. Designed to tap into young minds across the globe, the contest from NASA is open to students from class 6 to class 12 across several different grades.
Winning it is obviously a great boost to the morale of the students, but more importantly they get a chance to share their views and interact with the best minds in astronomy at the Space Development Conference. An experience that many hope will leave a lasting impact and produce more Buzz Aldrins and Kalpana Chawlas!