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Spinoffs are like OPTIMUS PRIME- they come from Space to solve problems on Earth!
NASA spinoffs are technologies originally created for space and modified into everyday products used here on Earth-including 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.
Students are asked to investigate NASA technology and Spinoff technology. Students will use a combination of text, images and videos, to create a Glogster Multimedia Poster (Glog) that they will use to upload and share their ideas with NASA.
Students are asked to use their imagination and creativity to identify NASA Spinoff technology in their everyday world and test their skills by changing an everyday object into something that will make the world a better place (grades 3-5) or develop ideas for Spinoff use of NASA technologies (grades 6 – 12)!
Students are guided through the entire process by downloading and following the Engineering Design Packets, provided once someone on the team or an adult registers.
Students will work within the Glogster.com website to create a Glog. Students must first register on this website and receive parental consent. Then, use the same username and password to login at Glogster’s NASA contest page and select the NASA Glog template suited to their grade level to start their creations.
When the student(s) has completed their Glog, they will submit their finished work to Glogster to be reviewed by NASA professionals. Ten finalist Glogs from each grade category, will be selected and included in an online Public Vote. At this point, high school student teams may also be selected to work with a college engineering mentor to develop their ideas further in a 3D multi-user virtual world for InWorld OPSPARC.
After the public voting designated time has closed, the first place winners will be chosen by a team of NASA professionals based on the finalists chosen in the Online Public Vote.
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The First Place winners are invited to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center on for an Awards Ceremony and hands-on NASA workshops.
Five high school finalist teams will be selected from InWorld OPSPARC to present their ideas to NASA engineers within the virtual world. The winning InWorld OPSPARC team will join the First Place Glog winners at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for an Awards Ceremony and workshops.
Teachers can easily use this as a classroom activity.
Learning tools and guides to help the student through the process are provided in each grade category.
All students must register for the Challenge and have parent permission to upload videos for public viewing.