Space Settlement Contest

The annual contest is for all students at up to 12th grade from anywhere in the world. Individuals, small teams of two to five, and large teams of six to twelve are judged separately. The grand prize is awarded to the best entry regardless of contestant age. Students develop space settlement designs and related materials.

Typical Grades
8-12; Preparation takes about one year.
Target Competitions
Space Settlement Contest
Eligibility
Interest in space research and design.
Goal
To design and submit a complete Settlement Paper.
Summer course meets three times a week, 15 times in total. Each meeting is two hours long that consists of theory and project writing sessions. Each team member needs to register separately. Teams may be formed along the interest lines after the class starts. Coaching support will continue after the class ends.
The same class is also offered during the Fall semester. Fall course meets twice a week. Each team member needs to register separately. Teams may be formed along the interest lines after the class starts. Coaching support will continue after the class ends.
Space Settlement Contest is about designing a space colony in which minimum 10000 people will inhabit permanently. Students are required to prepare a 50 pages document including all the details of a space settlement including modeling the settlement, protection from space hazards like space radiation protection, long term exposure to zero gravity, space debris protection, construction materials, how space rockets work, the role of reusable technologies, financial system, entertainment facilities, agriculture etc. Settlement project is a long term process in which students will discover:
  • Is space exploration economically viable?
  • How did Apollo successfully landed on Moon?
  • What is the role of resuable rockets in space exploration?
  • How can we mine an Asteroid?
  • How ISS works?
  • What materials should be used to resist space environment?
  • Can we make a space elevator?
  • What are composite materials?
  • How nano technologies can help future space missions?
  • How can we use nuclear power in space?
  • How does space communication work?

Many more interesting and substantial engineering and research topics will be discussed. After completing this course students will have learned, researched and written 50 pages project paper.

Mr. Ali Cabas is teaching this course. He is also a USACO instructor. Students will meet online and be guided to complete a space development project. Mr. Cabas has taught this course for many years. The following are a few of his most recent students' results:
  • 2013 - First prize, third prize
  • 2014 - First prize, second prize, third prize and mention
  • 2015 - Second prize, third prize, mention
  • 2016 - First prize, third prize, mention
  • 2017 - First prize, second prize
  • 2018 - First prize, second prize, mention
  • 2019 - First prize, second prize, third prize, mention
  • 2020 - First prize, second prize, mention

The ISDC is the premiere conference of its kind, bringing together well over 1000 people from around the globe each year to learn about and celebrate developments in the opening and settlement of the space frontier. ISDC 2021 will be held in Los Angeles.

ISDC 2020 was cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns. Learn more about the conference here.

Entries are also grouped by age/grade of the oldest contestant for judging.
Contest categories are
  • 7th grade and younger: individual, small group, large group,
  • 8th grade: individual, small group, large group,
  • 9th grade: individual, small group, large group,
  • 10th grade: individual, small group, large group,
  • 11th grade: individual, small group, large group,
  • 12th grade: individual, small group, large group.

Additional categories based on artistic and literary merit are also included in the contest. Visit official contest page here for further details including the official rules.

Placement
Please call us for free evaluation and placement.
Registration
Early bird rates, discounts, and coupons will be available at the checkout screen.
Space Settlement Contest Coaching
Tuition
$900.00
Schedule Sunday, 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Date Sep. 13
Location

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Monthly Checkups

We will contact families for a review of their students progress on a periodic basis. Parents are encouraged to contact us, shoudl they have questions, any time. Guidance based on work done will be provided and further services may be provided upon request.

Completion Certificate

As an appreciation of work well done students who successfully complete the course curriculum, will receive a Completion Certificate. This certificates will be available through the system and may be downloaded as a pdf.

Lecture Notes and Handouts

Each class also come with written lecture notes in addition to the lectures. The lecture notes summarize the curriculum and in math classes they also contain the in-class and homework exercises. These help students review and study offline.

Rigorous Curriculum

Star League teachers and courses are specialized in traing advanced and gifted students. As such the curriculum is prepared with this on mind. The courses are designed such that students who successfully finish the level and practice as recommended will achive the target competition goals.

Progress Monitoring and Reporting

Star League students are provided account for our online learning management system:SLOnline. Parents and students may monitor their learning through the system. Students are able to submit their homework and get graded accordingly in most clases.

Easy Access to Sponsored Events

Currently registered students are automatically registred to take part in supplementary learniong activities as they happen. The events may vary from year to year. In general they will  be mock exams, review sessions, solution lectures, or similar enrichment resources.  

Full Year Access

Each class registration automatically lasts for one full academic year (September-August), more than enough for students to study its curriculum. In case extra time is needed we grant extended access for FREE so you may take full advantage of the class material.

Homework Exercises

Based on subject and level, students are provided appropriate homework exercises. For computer science courses, it is generally the coding of the problems. In other subjects they will be supplementary problems related top the topic of the lecture.

Teacher Support

Self study class students can post their questions in the Virtual Office discussion forums. Teachers generally respond in writing in a day. They may schedule live conferences if that is necessary to effectively answer the posed question. 

Practice Exams

Each class generally include several practice exams to improve students' test taking skills. Their solutions are fully provided in writing and as a lecture as part of the course curriculum.

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Live Class Features

Award Winning Teachers

All of our teachers are trained and experienced in coaching gifted students for their respective level. They are either champions in rigorous national and internatinal competitions or trained students to win those awards. See our faculty bios for details.

Monthly Checkups

We will contact families for a review of their students progress on a periodic basis. Parents are encouraged to contact us, shoudl they have questions, any time. Guidance based on work done will be provided and further services may be provided upon request.

Completion Certificate

As an appreciation of work well done students who successfully complete the course curriculum, will receive a Completion Certificate. This certificates will be available through the system and may be downloaded as a pdf.

Lecture Notes and Handouts

Each class also come with written lecture notes in addition to the lectures. The lecture notes summarize the curriculum and in math classes they also contain the in-class and homework exercises. These help students review and study offline.

Rigorous Curriculum

Star League teachers and courses are specialized in traing advanced and gifted students. As such the curriculum is prepared with this on mind. The courses are designed such that students who successfully finish the level and practice as recommended will achive the target competition goals.

Progress Monitoring and Reporting

Star League students are provided account for our online learning management system:SLOnline. Parents and students may monitor their learning through the system. Students are able to submit their homework and get graded accordingly in most clases.

Easy Access to Sponsored Events

Currently registered students are automatically registred to take part in supplementary learniong activities as they happen. The events may vary from year to year. In general they will  be mock exams, review sessions, solution lectures, or similar enrichment resources.  

Full Year Access

Each class registration automatically lasts for one full academic year (September-August), more than enough for students to study its curriculum. In case extra time is needed we grant extended access for FREE so you may take full advantage of the class material.

Homework Exercises

Based on subject and level, students are provided appropriate homework exercises. For computer science courses, it is generally the coding of the problems. In other subjects they will be supplementary problems related top the topic of the lecture.

Teacher Support

Live class students may ask their questions directly during the class. They can also post their questions in the Virtual Office discussion forums. Teachers generally respond in writing in a day.

Practice Exams

Each class generally include several practice exams to improve students' test taking skills. Their solutions are fully provided in writing and as a lecture as part of the course curriculum.

Live Interactive Lectures

During live classes student may directly ask their questions to the teacher via chat or microphone. Live classes have a fixed schedule, most frequently on a weekly basis. This helps students set their study time in an easy way.