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Romanian students sweep the awards at the NASA Space Settlement Contest

Apr 02, 2014 by Oana

NASA Space Settlement ContestThe NASA Space Settlement Contest is an annual contest held by the NASA Ames and the National Space Society (NSS) for students around the world up to the 12th grade. According to the official contest webpage, this year was the 21st edition of the contest, and students (individually or in teams) had to turn in papers about conceptual space settlement designs and related materials. More specifically, students had to imagine, design and create a space settlement (for a specific location), and also to envision (according to a series of parameters) and depict more, if not all, aspects of life on that space settlement.

Some of these papers approach the space settlement issues at a very high level of detail. For example, in one of the papers I've come across information such as: networking infrastructure, transportation, government, details regarding how one can buy a property (how about "by cubic meter"?) etc.

To some extent, this exercise of intense creativity and skills reminds me of Ender's Game (movie and book) - encouraging and developing the creative and out-of-the-box thinking of kids for improving life. Wouldn't you say?

This year, more than 1,500 students from 18 countries (Bulgaria, Canada, China, Czech Republic, Dubai-UAE, India, Japan, Kingdom of Bahrain, Lebanon, Pakistan, Puerto Rico, Republic of Macedonia, Republic of Singapore, Romania, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, and Uruguay. U.S.) have entered the contest, and we are proud to state that Romanian students have won an abundance of prizes. Romania has won:

* first prize in the 11th, 10th, 9th, 7th grades
* second prize in the 12th, 11th, 9th, 7th grades
* third prize in the 12th, 11th, 10th, 8th grades
* several Honorable Mentions

So congrats to our Romanian students:

Alper Ender O. from "National College Mihai Eminescu" - Constanta, Andra M. from "National College Mircea cel Batran" - Constanta and the teams from "Andrei Saguna" Upper Secondary School from Brasov, "The International Computer High School of Constanta", Colegiul National "Mircea cel Batran" - Constanta, "Alexandru Ioan Cuza" Theoretic High School - Bucharest, "Saint Sava" National College - Bucharest, "Tudor Vianu" High School - Bucharest.

Also read:

One of the most influential teens of 2013 is a Romanian
Romanian pupils win big in Balkan informatics competitions
Once again Romania wins gold in programming competition
Young gifted Romanians
Romania ranks 1st among EU countries in programming competition

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