Young scientists are invited to take control of the Cassini spacecraft. Three potential targets have been identified by mission staff and students get to choose the one that Cassini takes an image of. The scientific argument should be made in a maximum of 500 words.
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 and will receive a goody-bag from the European Space Agency. The winner of the senior category will be invited to spend a week working with Professor Murray at Queen Mary.
How to Enter
Watch/read the information about each of the different targets below and carry out your own research into the targets. The deadline for entries is the 3 December and you need to be at aged 11-18 years old and attending school in the UK and Ireland. Information on competitions in other countries can be found here [http://sci.esa.int/science-e/www/object/index.cfm?fobjectid=50774].
You can read previous winning entries from 2010 and 2011 below the competition information. Once you have completed your essay you should submit it to firstname.lastname@example.org along with the following information:
1. Your name
2. Your age
3. Postal address
4. E-mail address
5. Name of school
6. Teacher's name
7. Teacher's contact details
Target 2: The F Ring [http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday11thedition/target2/]
Target 3: Saturn [http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/education/scientistforaday11thedition/target3/]
Previous entries: 2011 winners
1. 11-13 years old category: Molly Anne Clibbett from Haberdashers’ Monmouth School for Girls who made the case for Hyperion. You can read her essay here [http://ph.qmul.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Molly%20Anne%20Clibbett.pdf].
2. 14-16 years old category: Alex McGregor from Ardingly College. Alex wrote an essay on Rhea and Titan, which is available here [http://ph.qmul.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Alex%20McGregor.pdf].
3. 17-18 years old category: Calum Ashcroft from Robert Gordon's College won with an essay on Saturn, which can be read here [http://ph.qmul.ac.uk/sites/default/files/Calum%20Ashcroft.pdf].
Many congratulations to the 2010 winners. To read their essays, please click on their names:
- 11-13: Finn Bradley, Limerick Educate Together National School
- 14-16: James Palmer, Ardingly College
- 17-18: Wong Ting Fung, Ardingly College
In 2011, Media Space has evolved into the Cosmic Futures competition in association with the Metro Newspaper, the South East Physics Network and the UK Space Agency. If you enjoy science and are creative, check out the competition:
The winners were invited to join an editorial team and they produced a magazine for young people which has just been distributed nationally and is available to download here:
Previously, Mediaspace has run as a five day summer school aimed at Y10 students.
It is run by the Ideas Foundation, Venture Thinking and Queen Mary, University of London. In 2009 we won the London Education Partnership Award for “Excellent professional practice in curriculum and student support in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)”.
For the past three years we have welcomed students from Tower Hamlets to Queen Mary to explore Astronomy and Science Communication through a series of workshops with Academics and Media Professionals.
In 2009 and 2010, students from Morpeth School, St Paul's Way Community School and Stepney Green School worked with us to produce special edition magazines for the British Interplanetary Society and the UK Space Agency. They are aimed at 11-14 year olds and PDF versions are available to download below.
Celebrating 50 Years of Human Spaceflight
Download our series of Voyage and Blast Off! magazines. Hard copies are available on request.
All of these magazines have been written and designed by students from Morpeth, Stepney Green and St Paul's Way schools in Tower Hamlets.
For the answers to the Moon Hunting Quiz in the Cassini magazine click here.
In 2008, explorer Richard Garriott visited the International Space Station for 10 days. Whilst he was there he made a variety of films on what it was like to live in space and explored some science concepts. Click on the banner above to visit the our space site and explore for yourself.