Saturday, March 27, 2004

International Space Settlement Design Competition: "WELCOME to the Eleventh Annual International Space Settlement Design Competition! This event is an industry simulation set in the future. Teams of High School students prepare designs for cities in space where over 10,000 people will live. The Competition is an exercise of creativity, technical competence, management skills, environmental knowledge, resources in space, teamwork, and presentation techniques. Each year the Competition organizers develop a new design challenge. Participating teams of students simulate the experience of working on an industry proposal team.

The 2004 Qualifying Competition teams will design the second large settlement in Earth orbit. The links below provide registration materials, background data for this scenario, tools to help students develop a design, and information about the Competition itself.

o About the customer, the Foundation Society
o About the simulated company, Northdonning Heedwell
o About the requested design: Preliminary RFP
o About space
o Glossary
o Competition references and bibliography
o Mentoring teams
o Kudos: What people say about the competition
o Our sponsors!
o Past Finalists
o Related Event in California: NASA-JPL Space Settlement Design Competition
o Other Contests
About the Competition

These materials (see the other pages, too!) will get you started in the Competition. Your team must register with the Competition organizers to receive key Competition materials not included here. The 2003-2004 International Space Settlement Design Competition is conducted in two phases:

Phase 1: Qualifying Competition (at your high school). Your team represents a major aerospace company. Create and submit your design for a space settlement in Earth orbit, in hopes that your company will be awarded the lucrative contract to construct it. The Preliminary Request for Proposal (RFP) , summarizes the requirements for the Space Settlement desired by the customer. When your team registers for the Competition, you will receive the Final RFP, which describes everything the customer wants in your design. Submit your written (on paper!) design description by March 31, 2004, to judges who will evaluate the proposals and select eight Finalist teams to attend the Finalist Design Competition at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, July 17-19, 2004."
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