The Innovative Partnerships Program at NASA Headquarters, in conjunction with the Office of Education, announces the NASA 50th Anniversary Essay Competition for middle and junior high school students during the 2007-2008 academic year. The essay competition consists of two separate topics each with a limit of 500 words. The first topic challenges students to describe how they benefit in their everyday lives from aerospace technologies built by NASA over the last 50 years. The second topic requires students to imagine how their everyday lives will have changed because of NASA aerospace technology years into the future.
One question I have about the rules is why are specific kinds of schools designated?
Any U.S. student enrolled in an accredited middle school, junior high school or home school (under the age of 15) in the U.S. or its territories is eligible to enter the competition for cash prizes. Non-U.S. citizens and students in international locations can enter as well, but they are not eligible for cash prizes. Trophies and certificates will be awarded to each winner, regardless of citizenship.
Each entry must be sponsored by a teacher, parent or guardian, or other adult mentor associated with the student’s education. This means that a responsible adult must review and approve the student entry before it is submitted to NASA. The adult should also affirm that the student did the research and writing themselves.
If the paper must be approved by a teacher, parent or guardian, why can’t any young person under 15 enter? Shouldn’t the children who aren’t in an “accredited” program get the most encouragement from the sponsors? I also wonder if there are going to be quibbles over what constitutes an “accredited” homeschool.
posted by Valerie