Announcing NASA's 2013 Edition of the
Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
The Cassini spacecraft launched in
October 1997 and has been orbiting Saturn since 2004.
The 2013 Cassini Scientist for a Day
Essay Contest is open to students in grades 5-12. Essays must be under 500
There are three essay topics to choose
1. Saturn's moon, Iapetus
2. Saturn's moon, Dione
Students choose one of these topics
and write an essay about why they think this image should be taken by the
Cassini spacecraft. What questions do they hope will be answered by taking this
The essay contest meets U.S. National
Science and Language Arts Standards.
For contest rules, videos about each
essay topic, a downloadable contest flyer, frequently asked questions, and more
The contest deadline is Friday,
October 25, 2013. All essays must be submitted by the student's teacher (or
parent, if homeschooled). If the essay contest is used as a class assignment,
please send the top 3 essays from each class, along with a list of other
students who wrote essays for the contest.
All students who write essays will
receive a certificate of participation. U.S. winners and their classes will be
invited to participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists. U.S. and
international winning essays will be posted on the Cassini website.
We offer awards in Aerospace Outreach and Special Initiatives for projects that
imbue our youngest Wisconsinites with an excitement for math, science and
technology through projects involving aerospace. WSGC designs, creates and
supports dozens of education programs every year, serving every level from K
through adult and teacher education.
The links to the left provide information about the different opportunities
available through WSGC.
All submitted proposals must align with the goals and objectives of the
National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. To see the National Space
Grant Strategic Plan, click
Additionally, by NASA requirement, every proposal funded through the WSGC
must clearly demonstrate how its activities align with the goals of one or more
NASA Directorates and/or Centers. Partnering with NASA Centers where appropriate
is also strongly encouraged. For an overview of the goals of the NASA
here. For an
overview of the research emphases of the various NASA Centers, click