Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

Competition Opportunities

Academic journal article The Technology Teacher

Competition Opportunities

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NASA's K-12 Student Involvement Program competitions are sure to bring fun and excitement into the classroom. The special theme for NSIP's 2003-2004 Science and Technology Journalism competition is "The Centennial of Flight," celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Wright brothers' historic achievement--the world's first powered, controlled flight. Other exciting competition topics include "My Planet Earth." "Watching Earth Change," "Aerospace Technology Engineering Challenges," "Space Flight Opportunities," and a new challenge, "Design a Mission to Mars." Due dates are January 15, 2004 for Space Flight Opportunities and January 31, 2004 for all other competitions. Visit http://education.nasa.gov/nsip to find out more; or call 800-848-8429.

The National Engineers Week Future City Competition[TM] begins with the start of the school year and culminates with the national finals during National Engineers Week. February 22-28, 2004. In the competition, seventh and eighth graders design, first on the computer and then in three-dimensional scale models, cities of tomorrow. The students, usually working in teams of three and with the help of a teacher, must devise a city that functions (using the popular SimCity 3000 software donated to each participating school by Maxis), write an essay, and abstract and defend their city model before a panel of judges. Across America thousands of engineers volunteer to serve as mentors for students who are participating in the competition. The winning team in 2003's competition received a free trip to U. …

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