The NSS Space Settlement Contest 2021 season will open in early December. You are encouraged to continue working on your submissions in anticipation of this competition, but this site will not allow you to register UNTIL the season is officially opened.
- Submission of 2021 contest entries will begin in December 2020 and will be due no later than February 15, 2021. You can register for the contest here but that site will not allow registrations until the contest is officially opened in December.
- The registration fee has been increased to $15, which can be waived in hardship cases.
- Both 2020 and 2021 contestants will be invited to the 2021 International Space Development Conference.
- This contest has been sponsored by NASA Ames Research Center from 1994-2018, for many of those years in conjunction with the National Space Society (NSS). In 2019 sponsorship was fully transferred to the National Space Society.
This annual contest is for all students at up to 12th grade from anywhere in the world. Individuals, small teams of two to five, and large teams of six to twelve are judged separately. No more than 12 students on a project. Entries are also grouped by age/grade of the oldest contestant for judging. The age groups are 7th and younger, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th. The grand prize is awarded to the best entry regardless of contestant age. Students develop space settlement designs and related materials.
- Participant certificates will be distributed in pdf form. You will get a link to this certificate when you submit your entry.
- Winner certificates, also in pdf format, will include the names of the students. These should arrive via email by late August. The registered user email address will be used.
- The best submission, regardless of category, wins the grand prize, consisting of the space settlement submission being placed on the contest World Wide Web site.
- The National Space Society (NSS) invites all contest participants to attend the NSS International Space Development Conference (ISDC). Unfortunately the 2020 Conference has been cancelled due to the coronavirus situation, so 2020 and 2021 contestants will be invited to the 2021 Conference. Every year, hundreds of contestants attend, along with their parents, teachers, siblings and friends. Special activities for contestants are planned, including:
- The highest ranking winners attending will be invited to give oral presentations as time is available.
- To the extent space is available, all contestants who attend will be invited to display a poster of their work.
- Special sessions are arranged for contestants, teachers, parents, etc.
- The highest ranking attending entry will receive the Herman Rubin Award of $5,000 and give a plenary talk at one of the conference’s signature events.
- Contest categories are
- 7th grade and younger: individual, small group, large group,
- 8th grade: individual, small group, large group,
- 9th grade: individual, small group, large group,
- 10th grade: individual, small group, large group,
- 11th grade: individual, small group, large group,
- 12th grade: individual, small group, large group.
Additional categories based on artistic and literary merit are also included in the contest.
The highest ranking attending entry will receive the Herman Rubin Award of $5,000 and give a plenary talk at one of the conference’s signature events. All participants will receive a NASA certificate. The best submission will be placed on the contest’s official website.
Entry fees:- There is an entry fee of $15 which can be waived in hardship cases.