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  • NASA Press Releases
  • May 8, 2017
    NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is pleased to announce the winners of NASA’s 2017 TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC).

    Sponsored by science enrichment provider Mad Science and leading science fiction and fantasy book imprint, Tor Books, the contest called for students in grades 3 through 12 to “Be the Spark” and use NASA technology to create spinoffs that are… “MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE.”

  • June 19, 2017
    The winners of the 2017 OPSPARC contest met the call to “Be the Spark” behind innovative concepts for new uses of NASA technologies, sharing their spinoff ideas in digital poster boards, called glogs, within a cloud-based, interactive learning and multimedia platform made by Glogster.

  • May 11, 2016
    NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, together with Hasbro, are pleased to announce the winners of NASA’s 2016 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). The contest called for students in grades 3 through 12 to “be the spark” behind innovative concepts for new uses of NASA technologies.

  • January 13, 2016
    NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is about to “roll out” a new look and format for what was formerly called the NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Challenge. Don’t let the name change confuse you: NASA’s OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC) is still a contest that challenges students to help raise awareness and understanding of NASA technologies and their many benefits to our everyday lives.

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  • May 8, 2017
    NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, is pleased to announce the winners of NASA’s 2017 TRANSFORMERS OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC).

    Sponsored by science enrichment provider Mad Science and leading science fiction and fantasy book imprint, Tor Books, the contest called for students in grades 3 through 12 to “Be the Spark” and use NASA technology to create spinoffs that are… “MORE THAN MEETS THE EYE.”

  • May 8, 2017
    The two winning Hamlin 7th graders (Alexa T. and Ellie J.) researched Thermawing technology, which prevents plane wings from freezing. They redesigned it to be put in greenhouses to keep crops from freezing in the winter. They also made a physical model of their spinoff creation.

  • In Mr. Tynes’ 3D Modeling classes, students were asked to use their imagination and creativity to identify NASA Spinoff technology in their everyday world. Items such as memory foam, invisible braces, firefighting equipment, artificial limbs, scratch-resistant lenses, aircraft anti-icing systems, shoe insoles, water filters/purification, cochlear implants, satellite television, and long-distance telecommunications were first developed for a NASA mission and then, re-worked to make everyday life easier.

  • April 27, 2017
    Two R.E. Thompson Elementary third-graders are in the top 10 in the nation in NASA’s OPSPARC Challenge, a spin-off project where students use NASA technology to create an item to be used in everyday life.

  • April 26, 2017
    Two R.E. Thompson Elementary third-graders are in the top 10 in the nation in NASA’s OPSPARC Challenge, a spinoff project where students creatively use NASA technology to create an item to be used in everyday life.

  • February 7, 2017
    The far reaches of outer space became a lot closer for the third, fourth and fifth graders at Downes Elementary School on January 26. ‘The Crew’ from NASA Goddard’s Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO) in Greenbelt Maryland presented information to students about their nation-wide contest called the Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC).

  • February 2, 2017
    The far reaches of outer space just became a lot closer for 3rd, 4th and 5th graders at Downes Elementary School.

    ‘The Crew’ from NASA Goddard’s Strategic Partnerships Office (SPO) in Greenbelt Maryland paid a visit to Downs Elementary on January 26th and presented their nation-wide student contest called the Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC).

  • May 27, 2016
    NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Maryland, together with Hasbro, have just announced the winners of NASA’s 2016 OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). TZHS seniors Alexander Li and Isaac Wecht and sophomores Isabel Wecht and Jake Laddis were voted first in a nation-wide Public Voting competition as well as in a second competition to develop their design virtually with college mentors from Virginia Tech.

  • April 19, 2016
    The Strategic Partnerships Office at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, announces that the public voting portion of OPSPARC 2016 is open as of April 19, 2016. More than 800 students from across the U.S. participated in this year’s OPSPARC, and NASA is asking for the public’s help in determining the winners for 2016. The purpose of OPSPARC is to raise awareness of the everyday benefits of NASA’s Technology Transfer Program and to inspire student’s interest in becoming a part of the space program.

  • February 8, 2016
    NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD announces NASA’s OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC), a contest that challenges students to help raise awareness and understanding of NASA technologies and their many benefits to our everyday lives. On February 2 at 2:00 p.m., Gallaher Elementary School students were the first students in Delaware to learn more about the worldwide OPSPARC contest.