NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center is rolling out a new look and format for this year's spinoff challenge. The OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge, or OPSPARC, challenges students to help raise awareness and understanding of NASA technologies and their many benefits to our everyday lives.
The newest incarnation of the challenge will provide contestants (students in grades 3 through 12) with a new tool, developed by Glogster, for creating and submitting their entries. Glogster is a cloud-based platform for presentation and interactive learning. The tool will allow contestants to combine different kinds of media on a virtual canvas to create multimedia posters and to access an existing library of educational content created by students and educators worldwide. Contestants will develop a Glog of their own as part of OPSPARC that will include information on spinoffs and NASA missions. The students also will create video describing their own ideas for a new NASA spinoff technology.
After completing their Glogs, 20 teams of students in grades 9 through 12 will be invited to work with college student mentors to further develop their spinoff concept within a 3-D, multi-user, virtual-world setting through creation of computer-aided design, or CAD, models and application of engineering and business analyses on their spinoff concepts. This year’s InWorld portion of the contest is being sponsored by NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope project.
Students who submit the winning entries in each age category will have the opportunity to visit NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, for an awards ceremony and workshop to be held in their honor. The workshop will include a behind-the-scenes look at Goddard, the chance to meet some of the top minds at NASA, and the opportunity for the students to design and create their own public service announcement video with guidance from NASA video producers and actor Peter Cullen, the voice of the TRANSFORMERS character OPTIMUS PRIME.
The deadline to register and submit Glogs is 11:59 PM EST on March 8, 2016.
To learn more about the challenge and to register to participate, visit http://itpo.gsfc.nasa.gov/opsparc/.
Please direct questions about this contest to Darryl Mitchell at Darryl.R.Mitchell@nasa.gov.
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