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Cassini: Scientist for a day Competition

Winter 2010 Edition

Many congratulations to the 2010 winners:

To read their essays, please click on their names.

The Challenge

Select one of three targets identified by scientists and engineers working on the Cassini Mission. Your mission is to research the targets and decide which is the most scientifically valuable. You are then invited to submit your 500-word case to us. All submissions will then be judged by Professor Carl Murray, the only UK member of the Cassini Imaging Team. He will choose three winners in different agegroups:

  1. 11-13 years old
  2. 14-16 years old
  3. 17-18 years old

All winners will be given a copy of their chosen image which will be taken by the Cassini spacecraft in October 2010. The youngest category winner will also get an iPod shuffle and books by Lucy Hawking. The middle category will win a Nintendo DS and books by Lucy Hawking. The oldest age category winner will be offered a one week research placement with Professor Murray.

The competition is now closed. Keep an eye on this page for the next one.

Getting Started

Watch the following short videos in order and then start your research:

  1. Introduction:  Transcript [PDF]
  2. Target 1: Video [.mov file 7 MB]  Transcript [PDF]  Image [JPEG]
  3. Target 2: Video [.mov file 3.5 MB] Transcript  [PDF] Image [JPEG]
  4. Target 3: Video [.mov file 6.3 MB] Transcript  [PDF] Image [JPEG]

How to Submit

Your submission should be plain text with no images and no more than 500 words. Please include the following:

  1. Name
  2. Postal address
  3. E-mail address
  4. Name of school
  5. Teacher's name
  6. Teacher's contact details

Send your entry electronically to: Laura Thomas at l.f.thomas@qmul.ac.uk

For more space fun, visit www.our-space.org to watch short films by Richard Garriott recorded when he visited the ISS in 2008.

 

Autumn 2009 Competition Winners

The competition for Winter 2009 is now closed. We are pleased to say that the winners were invited to the Christmas reception of the Parliamentary Space Committee at the House of Commons in December where they met Lucy Hawking and Astronaut Richard Garriott.

The winners and their essays are below:

Key Stage 3:

1st place: Finn Bradley from Let's Educate Together in Ireland. Click here to read his essay.

Runner up: Robert Cockerhill from The James Warner School. Click here to read his essay.

 

Key Stage 4:

Joint 1st place: Richard Thorburn from Lingifield Notre Dame and Mary Reader from Ardingly College.

 

Click here to read Richard's essay.

Click here to read Mary's essay.

Key Stage 5:

1st place: Charles Board from Ardingly College. Click here to read his essay.

 

Runner up: Christina Larkin from Victoria College. Click here to read her essay.

Three targets were selected by scientists working on the Cassini Mission. Your challenge is to decide which is the most scientifically valuable and make your case to us in 500 words. The competition was open to all students at school or college in the UK or Ireland. The essays were  judged by Professor Carl Murray, the only UK member of the Cassini Imaging Team. A winner was chosen for three different age groups. Prizes include Amazon vouchers, a copy of your chosen image and a visit to the House of Commons for the Parliamentary Space Committee Christmas reception.

2009 Competition Materials

Scientist for a Day Welcome

Introduction - click here for transcript

Target 1: Saturn and its Rings - click here for transcript

Target 2: Tethys and Saturn's Rings - click here for transcript

Target 3: Titan - click here for transcript