Cities in Space

 

In your classroom right now sit the future settlers and inhabitants of new worlds.

The members and associates of the New Worlds Institute are dedicated to opening the space frontier in our lifetime to everyone. Beyond the boundaries of race, gender, ideological and socioeconomic difference, New Worlds Institute believes in opening this new path to any and all who would like to go.

In order to be prepared for the world of Free Space and colonization, the human race must consider what to do once the traveling is over and we have arrived. Space colonization on other planets, the Moon and into Free Space will require an immense amount of skills and resource but eventually, humans will be born in these colonies and the human race can thrive and multiply in a new world alive with new culture, science and ideologies in the making of great civilization.

The Cities in Space Competition coincides with the New Worlds Conference each fall where student presentations are held. Hosted by New Worlds Conference 2016 this fall in Austin, Texas, students come together to present, compete and learn from one another about building a new world beyond Earth and how to create a surviving and thriving community. When they are not presenting, students competing at Cities in Space have the opportunity to listen to speakers during the conference as well as meet scientists, engineers, NASA experts, New Space leaders and astronauts. Students attend a luncheon with designated speakers such as leading scientists, entrepreneurs, researchers and businesses.

In support of STEAM ( Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Education and Project Based Learning, the Cities in Space Competition is about creating a structure that can enable the human race to survive and thrive into a new civilization in space. 

STEAM Space Education Outreach supports students through events and competitions such as our Cities in Space Student Competition and Conference.

For more information on STEAM Space please go to our Education Tab and scroll down.

Overview of Cities in Space Student Competition and Conference 2016

By creating your team and integrating engineering, art, architecture and science you will create your own model of your planetary colony. 

REGISTRATION DEADLINE: October 6, 2016.

Lunch is included for Student Teams, Lead Teachers and registered chaperons. Lead teachers and students will also receive free admission to Saturday's New Worlds Conference as well as Lead Teachers will receive one free year of Membership to NWI.

Registration Cost: $25 per team. 

  • Suggested Team Size: approximately 10-12 students however, this is only a recommendation and team size is up to the discretion of the supervising teacher(s). Schools may register more than one team.
  • You may choose between 3 choices for location: Mars; the Moon or Free Space. Colonies are based upon the settling human population of 1,000 people with the understanding that this colony is planning on great success and human growth.
  • There are 3 categories for project: 3D Model, Video or 3D Model with Video.  As you choose your location please make sure to research the environment, requirements and data on your chosen location and incorporate the appropriate challenges your colony will face in your model or video
    • 3D Model may be no larger than 20" (W) 50"(L)20"(H). Power sources must be self-contained (e.g. battery or sample circuit)
  • Teams will be responsible for presenting their projects during Open Forum times to the student body and judges for approximately 10 minutes. This is an open movement time for students to walk and listen to presentations. Headphones are recommended as an option for viewers.
  • Winning students of Open Forum presentation times will be presenting to the entire student body at the end of the day on stage.
    • Topics are student lead therefore, your team may choose what to present upon. Some ideas for this may include: engineering a colony structure for Mars, how to create a 100% recyclable community, or how culture, tradition and history can be created and preserved.
  • Cost for supplies should not exceed $150 budget for modeling and/or video in creating and equal opportunity competition. *Financial aid may be awarded upon request.
  • Suggested Software for video or engineering: Video can be presented as slides, animation or blueprints.

*Please note for Video presenters: Please send your video presentation to Holly Melear holly.melear@newworlds.space – Have your presentation available on a jump drive for large screen as well as having a laptop display at their table for day long presentation viewing.

Work Requirements

High School:  In addition to the colony model students must present a written work with a minimum 10 pages double spaced, which describes the project, the specifications and requirements of their chosen location and what issues they chose to dedicate their time to solving for long-term success of a colony. Some examples of this could be how to grow food, manufacturing of goods and textiles, energy and creating a 100% recyclable community. Other issues could be how to create and sustain a rich civilization in the new frontier such as the arts, education and sports.

Middle School 5 - 8 Grade: In addition to the colony model students must present a written work with a minimum 6 pages double spaced, which describes the project, the specifications and requirements of their chosen location and what issues they chose to dedicate their time to solving for long-term success of a colony. Some examples of this could be how to grow food, manufacturing of goods and textiles, energy and creating a 100% recyclable community. Other issues could be how to create and sustain a rich civilization in the new frontier such as the arts, education and sports.  

Additional Information

Students are required to sign off under the supervising teacher of their school. This teacher will oversee the project and help the team progress along the way. New Worlds Institute believes in equal opportunity for all and may offer some financial assistance for lower resource schools upon request. This request is available on the registration page.

Students are encouraged to bring their models and videos to the conference for display and presentation. There is an Open Forum presentation section of the conference for students to share their work and answer questions. Plan for a 10 minute presentation time as students and judges will have free movement during this period. There will be two designated Open Forums during the day for students to be audience and then presenter.  If a team is not able to participate at the conference, prior arrangement for set up can be made for 3D model as well as video and may be delivered for presentation a week prior to the conference. Supervising teachers are expected to attend the conference with their team as well as be their support during the presentation period of the conference. Supervising teachers are responsible for the behavior and participation of their team. Student teams are judged by a moving panel of educators, scientists and entrepreneurs in the Commercial Space Industry. Awards are given in three different categories: 3D Model; Video; 3D Model with Video and are given at Middle School and High School Divisions. Honorable Mention is recognized. Winners of the competition are presented awards and will then present on stage at the closing of Cities in Space to all students and attendees. In addition to presentations winning teams will be publicized on the New Worlds website as well as mentioned in other social and possibly, printed media. Supervising teachers also receive a complimentary ticket to all New Worlds evening events being during the New Worlds Conferences.

Useful Resources

Planning with Your Team Starter Guide: Guidelines to help plan your team for the Cities in Space Competition and suggestions for how to get started with the project. http://newworlds.space/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Cities-in-Space-Planning-with-Your-Team.pdf

Database of Technical Resources: A few useful resources and contact information to help inform teams on the technical aspects of this project. These resources are intended to give a basic start, teams will need to do their own research. http://newworlds.space/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/Cities-in-Space-Competition-Database.pdf