Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest 2011
Open to students in Grades 5 - 12
The Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest is an opportunity for students around the world to learn about the Cassini mission to Saturn and earn the chance to ask the scientists working on the mission about their work.
Applications close Wednesday 26th October, 2011
In September 2011, the Cassini spacecraft will take images of these three targets. Your assignment is to chose the one target you think will provide the best science, and to write an essay of up to 500 words to explain your reasons.
Students watch videos of Cassini team members (scientists, engineers, mission planners, etc.) as they advocate for one of the three proposed targets. These videos will be posted at http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday10thedition/ in August.
Target 1: Hyperion
Target 2: Rhea & Titan
Target 3: Saturn
Students are encouraged to draw on other resource material and work collaboratively; essays from pairs of students will be accepted. Please read the [intlink id="2866" type="page"]competition guidelines[/intlink] carefully and make use of the extra resource material provided.
All entries will receive a certificate of participation. The category winners will receive a certificate and an opportunity to send questions to the Cassini Science team. Questions from around the world will be collated and presented to Cassini scientists during a live webcast. Watch the 2010 and 2009 webcasts and read the 2010 winning essays.
Australian category winners earn the opportunity for their class to speak to an Australian Astronomer or Astrophysicist
|Year 5/6||Free VSSEC Star Search Video Conference program|
|Year 7/8||Dr Angel Lopez-Sanchez|
Austrealian Astronomical Observatory /
|Year 9/10||Speaker to be confirmed|
CSIRO Astronomy and Space Science
|Year 11/12||Speaker to be confirmed|
ANU Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics
VSSEC is the National Point of Contact for Australia. All entries must be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org with an entry form by the deadline to be considered. Visit the VSSEC website for competition guidelines and entry form.