Judging & Prizes

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  • We are looking for out-of-this-world submissions that show a thorough understanding of NASA Spinoff technology, as well as creative analysis of its benefits here on earth.

    All students who submit completed Glogs, will receive a NASA Certificate of Participation from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.


    Prizes will be awarded to the winning entry in each of three age categories:

        • Elementary School (3rd-5th grade)
        • Middle School (6th-8th grade)
        • High School (9th-12th grade)

    The winning glog for grades 3-5 and grades 6-8 will grab our attention with text, images and video, as well as links and citations to resources and research.

    The winning high school team will grab our attention with virtual world models and images developed with their college mentors in InWorld OPSPARC.

    Winning teams or individual students are invited to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for two days of in-depth, behind the scenes, hands on workshops with scientists and astronauts.

    Each winning team or individual will receive an award stipend of $4,000 to help offset the expenses, generously provided by the Foundation for Technology and Privacy Outreach on behalf of our sponsors.

    Grades 3-5

    In addition, to being invited to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Mad Science®, a long-time partner of NASA and proud sponsor of the OPSPARC contest, is happy to offer the winning team or individual a $200 voucher towards a Mad Science® program of their choice. Mad Science® has been creating and delivering entertaining and educational hands-on activities to kids and their families for more than 30 years for kids ages 3-12.

    Judging Criteria & Voting Procedures

    A panel of NASA Goddard judges will choose the top 10 entries for each grade category to be entered into the Public Choice Voting stage. Public Choice Voting will take place in April 2017.

    After the Public Choice Voting has ended, a panel of NASA Goddard judges will choose the first place winners.

    * All decisions made by NASA Goddard in regard to choosing a winner will be considered final.

    InWorld OPSPARC Selection and Assessment (Grades 9-12)
    • To be considered for InWorld OPSPARC:
      • Students must have completed and successfully submitted a NASA Multimedia Glog that targets the James Webb Space Telescope original or Spinoff technology.
      • Be working in teams of 2-4 students.
    • College mentors will review the submitted NASA Multimedia Glogs and select the teams they will mentor for the InWorld OPSPARC between February 15 – February 17, 2017.
    • Selected teams will be contacted directly by NASA Goddard with additional information and an introduction to their college mentor.
    • InWorld OPSPARC teams will continue developing their Spinoff designs within a 3D, multi-user virtual world between February 17 – April 9, 2017.
    • Five finalist teams will be selected by April 14, 2017.  These five teams will have time to prepare for a 30-minute design review with a NASA evaluation team within the virtual world.
    • The winning team will be selected based upon the 30-minute design review.


    InWorld OPSPARC rubrics outline the criteria for selecting the finalists and winning team.

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    Grades 3-5 Rubrics

    Grades 6-8 Rubrics

    Grades 9-12 Rubrics