21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition

More than any other time in space exploration history, it’s an exciting age for educators and students to be part of. Before the end of the next decade, NASA astronauts will return to the moon.  This time, we’re planning to stay, building outposts and paving the way for eventual journeys to Mars and beyond.  Today’s students will be tomorrow’s explorers.

In 2008, NASA will celebrate its 50th anniversary.  Sometimes, in order to look forward, we must take a step back to study the past. Because of this, we want to ask – What do you think is NASA’s greatest exploration achievement in the past 50 years and why?

That’s the question this competition asks of students ages 11-18.  Sponsored by the American Institute for Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA), and in collaboration with NASA, the second annual 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition challenges students to create unique audio and video podcasts.

Running from October 1 through January 4, this competition is open to United States citizens ages 11-18.   Students are grouped into two age divisions: 11-14 and 15-18.  Students in each division will submit an entry in one of two separate categories of their choosing:  audio podcast or video podcast.  First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in each age group and category within that age group.  An additional “People’s Choice Award”, selected by the public, will honor one podcast for each age division.

Only one entry may be submitted for each student.  More competition details and the entry form can be found at the 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition website at http://www.explorationpodcast.com.

All work needs to be original.  Any use of copyrighted material will disqualify the entry.

So students, grab a computer, mic, and/or video camera and get busy.  The competition begins October 1, and ends after the first 1,000 entries are submitted in each category OR at midnight on January 4, whichever comes first.

And teachers, encourage your students to put on their thinking caps, reflect on the past, and see how it connects to the future.  This is a wonderful opportunity to take a close look at where space exploration may take 21st Century explorers!

Winners will be announced at the 3rd Space Exploration Conference in Denver, CO on February 28, 2008.  Following the announcement, all winning entries will be posted on the competition website.

5 thoughts on “21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition”

  1. Hey! This is so cool! Thank you for posting this up!! I will try to squeeze some time to try this, I am already busy with the MCSRC, a reagional science fair, though, I will try!! Again, thanks!!!

    ~Zara Amira

  2. Thanks! What a great way to get excited about space exploration. Please take it easy on the Co-host. He seemed a little down on the Road Trip Show. Keep rocking!

    Future Astronaut

  3. Dear all,

    first thanks to NASA team that you have been done wonderfull job for our country.in this fast running earth its very important to do something.
    wish you a all the best for your future planning.whatever you guys will do that should be better for our tommorow.

  4. “Awesome !! these are the beautiful blog for me because NASA research center. My friend is in space center. I love it keep sharing !!”

    Note: We cannot use external links due to NASA rules and regulations.


    The Co-Host

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