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In conjunction with the National Space Society, Innovate Our World's Moon Mission Challenge (MMC) invites middle and high school teams to learn about the Moon using the game-like Cyber STEM Academy and select a mission profile from one of several Google Lunar X Prize partners to design a payload for. Finalists will present their innovative payload ideas to a panel of judges at the 2014 USA Science & Engineering Festival and, starting in 2015, at NSS ISDCs. The challenge begins January 2014 with registration beginning in November 2013.

Torus colony Vademecum
NASA Ames Research Center in conjunction with the National Space Society sponsors an annual space settlement design contest for 6-12th grade students. In 2014 the top individual entry will receive an extra award of $5,000 by the NSS Bruce M. Clark, Jr., Memorial Scholarship.

Torus colony
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).

SunSat Design Competition
An annual contest through 2015 seeks designs using high-impact digital art, supported by credible science, engineering and business plans, that best promote media understanding and public acceptance of a path forward in using space satellites to deliver energy on-demand to any and all places on Earth. Top Prizes are $10,000 and $5,000 each. Early application is recommended but registration will remain open until January 6 each year, with a final submission deadline of March 30. Each year's awards will be announced at the May NSS-ISDC conference. Sponsors include the Online Journal of Space Communication, the Society of Satellite Professionals International, and the National Space Society. The creator of this contest is long-time NSS member Prof. Don Flournoy from Ohio University.

Baen Contest
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.

Conrad Foundation
The Pete Conrad Spirit of Innovation Awards combine education, innovation and entrepreneurship by challenging high school students to design products using science and technology. The competition includes platforms in personal spaceflight, lunar exploration, and renewable energy. Teams will compete for over $120,000 of prize money as well as the opportunities to connect with leading scientists, engineers, and entrepreneurs.


Galleries of Entries to Concluded Contests:

Space Settlement Calendar

NSS Roadmap

National Space Society
This contest is over but you can see the gallery of submitted designs.

NSS in Second Life
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.

Other space-related contests

Google Lunar X Prize. The total purse of the Google Lunar X PRIZE is $30 million (USD). It ges to a team who successfully lands a privately funded craft on the lunar surface which survives long enough to roam the lunar surface for 500 meters and send a defined data package (“Mooncast”) back to Earth. See 8-minute video — It's cool!

Weightless Challenge. NASA is hosting two national science competitions that challenge student teams to develop and prepare a microgravity experiment. Proposals are due Nov. 1. "Dropping In a Microgravity Environment," or DIME, is the competition for high school student teams. "What If No Gravity?" or WING, is the competition for student teams in sixth through ninth grades.

See also: NSS Awards

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