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.