NASA Ames Research Center in conjunction with the National Space Society sponsors an annual space settlement design contest for 6-12th grade students. The single highest scoring team or individual attending will receive the NSS Bruce M. Clark, Jr. Memorial Space Settlement Award for $3,000.
This annual contest puts high school students in the shoes of aerospace industry engineers designing a city in space that will house over 10,000 people. Student engineers demonstrate creativity, technical competence, management skills, environmental knowledge, space, teamwork, and presentation techniques to conquer the problems inherent in siting and designing a Space Settlement (Space Colony).
The Jim Baen Memorial Writing Contest has been co-sponsored by NSS and Baen Books since 2007. Science fiction writers who create positive stories about man's future in space are rewarded with professional publication, NSS membership, and an award presented each year at the ISDC. Winning entries aren't pulp tales about galactic empires or alien abductions, but serious near future stories about the sacrifice, heroics, adventure and discovery with our expansion into the solar system. Please visit the contest website for guidelines, deadlines and requirements.
The 11 videos entered in the 2010 NSS in Second Life Machinima Contest are available for viewing. Machinima is a form of computer animation to preserve virtual worlds. Entries were required to have an outer space theme, with 50% of the video taking place in the National Space Society Second Life sim.