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Crowdsource To Mars Online Platform & Student Contest
"There is the sky, which is all men's together." - Euripides
The Crowdsource To Mars International Online Platform and Student Competition is open to students from 12-18 years old. Its purpose is to inspire students around the world to focus their creativity on offering solutions to some of the challenges of a mission to Mars. Students work with mentors who can be family members, teachers, or science professionals. Interested students and mentors from around the world can sign up on the SISC site and find others to collaborate with on a project. Team projects with participants from multiple countries is encouraged. Online collaboration and tools will be provided for teams to be able to work together across the globe.
Winners will be awarded significant monetary prizes to support their education and given an extraordinary opportunity to meet today’s world-renowned scientists and scholars.
There are two goals for the competition. The first is to harness the creativity of students around the world towards the challenges of spaceflight and the exploration of Mars. The second is to promote international cooperation among the next generation of scientists, engineers and professionals. In many cases this will be the first time working on projects with people in other countries and the first time using the Internet for serious work.
Entries can be in the form of essays, designs, scientific papers, art projects, videos, or real life projects documented via video. Entries will be showcased on the competition website and votes from all around the world will help decide the winners along with a panel of judges made up of leaders in the space, science, and related fields.
Crowdsourcing at its heart is distributed problem solving. And a human mission to Mars presents one of the most complex but important problems ever. Today there is no reason to exclude the ideas and capabilities of anyone because of geography and it seems fitting that the plans for going to be Mars be created by people all over the Earth instead of a few countries.
Sections of the project.
1. Online Collaboration to create all of the inputs needed for a Mars mission
The creation of a multilingual online collaborative site, based on open source software projects, where participants (students and mentors) can sign up and form teams with participants in other countries. Participants can learn about all of the challenges of going to Mars and have access to people and resources to help them with their projects.
Categories that they can choose from include:
- Human Health and Performance
- Radiation protection
- Reduce-gravity countermeasures
- Medical care
- Supporting human life
- Behavior, performance, and human factors
- Space Transportation
- Earth-to-orbit transportation
- Advanced chemical propulsion
- Nuclear thermal propulsion
- Entry, descent, and landing
- Surface Systems
- Advanced habitation systems
- Extravehicular activity and surface mobility
- Subsurface access
- Nuclear power generation
- Solar/regenerative fuel cell power systems
- Isotope power systems
- In-situ resource utilization
- Cryogenic fluid management
- Communication and navigation
- Supportability and maintainability
The types of projects that can be done may range from spacesuit designs or menu choices for a human mission to fully laid out engine designs.
2: Online Judging and Public Input
While the projects are being worked on they will only be visible to the team participants. Once they are completed and submitted a group of notable judges from around the world will assess them and assign points for each according to a set criteria. At that point the semi-finalist projects will be made publicly accessible for comments and voting. These votes and comments will also have weight within the decisionmaking process.
Winning projects will be selected and monetary and other prizes will be awarded. If enough funds are available winners will be flown to the U.S. to visit space related companies and organizations.
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The Society for International Space Cooperation is a 501(c)(3). All donations are 100% tax deductible.