CITIES IN SPACE™
STUDENT COMPETITION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ABOUT THE COMPETITION AND CONFERENCE

St.-Michaels-Academy-action-shot-5In the classroom right now are the innovators, scientists, artists, settlers and pioneers of new worlds!

The Cities in Space™ STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Competition is a global competition which is all about creating a sustainable settlement which enables the human race to survive and thrive into a new civilization in space.

This takes great planning with innovation to make this happen and it is our current population of students that will be living and thriving in these colonies. The Cities in Space™ Competition coincides with the International New Worlds Conference each fall where student presentations are held.

NWI_500Hosted by New Worlds Institute in Austin, Texas, students are supported to come together to debate, present and learn from one another. When they are not presenting, competing students have the opportunity to listen to speakers during the conference as well as meet scientists, engineers, NASA experts, New Space leaders, and astronauts!

Student teams integrate engineering, science, architecture, art and a lot of innovation to create colony prototypes through video and 3-dimensional modeling for Cities in Space™.  Colonies are based upon settling a human population of 1,000 people with the understanding that this colony is planning on great success and human growth.  Choices of location for settlements are Free Space, the moon or Mars.  

CIS #3Students are supported by NWI through mentorship as well as a scholarship to low resource and minority schools. Student teams research data for their chosen settlement location as well as research their designated requirements through a required written body of work. Teams present their collaborative project and discuss their chosen challenges for their settlement and how they will achieve long-term multi-generational success of their colony. Some examples of these chosen challenges include: how to grow food, manufacture of goods and textiles, gathering of energy; creating a 100% recyclable community. Other issues regarding how to create and sustain a rich civilization in the new frontier such as the arts, education, history, and sports are choices for presentations.

 

 

Overview of Cities in Space™ Student Competition and Conference 2017

By creating your team and integrating engineering, art, architecture, and science you will create your own model of your planetary colony. 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: Coming in May

Lunch is included for Student Teams, Lead Teachers, and registered chaperones. Lead teachers and students will also receive free admission to Saturday's New Worlds Conference as well as Lead Teachers will receive one free year of Membership to NWI.

Registration Cost: $25 per team.

  • Suggested Team Size: approximately 10-12 students, however, this is only a recommendation and team size is up to the discretion of the supervising teacher(s). Schools may register more than one team.
  • You may choose between 3 choices for location: Mars; the Moon or Free Space. Colonies are based upon the settling human population of 1,000 people with the understanding that this colony is planning on great success and human growth.
  • There are 4 categories for a project: 3D Model, Video, 3d Model with Video, and Emerging Technology.  As you choose your location please make sure to research the environment, requirements and data on your chosen location and incorporate the appropriate challenges your colony will face in your model or video

Emerging Technology Category

Students who are interested in creating teams focused on innovative technology, supporting off-world colonization, are invited to complete and complement our colony designers. Without our young innovators and inventors, off world settlement cannot thrive. Be it a specialized space suit for a Lunar mining colony or a Martian garden below the surface, these ideas must be supported and presented for our future pioneers to imagine into.

This section will have the same requirements and options as our colony designers. Students may choose to do video, 3D model or both along with a required, written component. Please simply check the Emerging Technology Category on the registration page. Awards will be given for 1st and 2nd place in this category.

Work Requirements

High School:  In addition to the colony model students must present a written work with a minimum 10 pages double spaced, which describes the project, the specifications and requirements of their chosen location and what issues they chose to dedicate their time to solving for long-term success of a colony. Some examples of this could be how to grow food, manufacturing of goods and textiles, energy and creating a 100% recyclable community. Other issues could be how to create and sustain a rich civilization in the new frontier such as the arts, education and sports.

Middle School 5 - 8 Grade: In addition to the colony model students must present a written work with a minimum 6 pages double spaced, which describes the project, the specifications and requirements of their chosen location and what issues they chose to dedicate their time to solving for long-term success of a colony. Some examples of this could be how to grow food, manufacturing of goods and textiles, energy and creating a 100% recyclable community. Other issues could be how to create and sustain a rich civilization in the new frontier such as the arts, education and sports.  

Useful Resources

Planning with Your Team Starter Guide: Guidelines to help plan your team for the Cities in Space Competition and suggestions for how to get started with the project. http://newworlds.space/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Cities-in-Space-Planning-with-Your-Team.pdf

Database of Technical Resources: A few useful resources and contact information to help inform teams on the technical aspects of this project. These resources are intended to give a basic start, teams will need to do their own research. http://newworlds.space/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Cities-in-Space-Competition-Database.pdf

Additional Information

Students are required to sign off under the supervising teacher of their school. This teacher will oversee the project and help the team progress along the way. New Worlds Institute believes in equal opportunity for all and may offer some financial assistance for lower resource schools upon request. This request is available on the registration page.

Students are encouraged to bring their models and videos to the conference for display and presentation. There is an Open Forum presentation section of the conference for students to share their work and answer questions. Plan for a 10 minute presentation time as students and judges will have free movement during this period. There will be two designated Open Forums during the day for students to be audience and then presenter.  If a team is not able to participate at the conference, prior arrangement for set up can be made for 3D model as well as video and may be delivered for presentation a week prior to the conference. Supervising teachers are expected to attend the conference with their team as well as be their support during the presentation period of the conference. Supervising teachers are responsible for the behavior and participation of their team. Student teams are judged by a moving panel of educators, scientists and entrepreneurs in the Commercial Space Industry. Awards are given in three different categories: 3D Model; Video; 3D Model with Video and are given at Middle School and High School Divisions. Honorable Mention is recognized. Winners of the competition are presented awards and will then present on stage at the closing of Cities in Space to all students and attendees. In addition to presentations winning teams will be publicized on the New Worlds website as well as mentioned in other social and possibly, printed media. Supervising teachers also receive a complimentary ticket to all New Worlds evening events being during the New Worlds Conferences.