Many unique and creative submissions were received, which makes selecting a finalist a very hard decision. While we work to determine the winner, please visit the NASA Kids’ Club to continue celebrating Buzz’s return from space.
For nearly 40 years, NASA astronauts have designed patches to symbolize their individual space missions and flight accomplishments. Carrying on this tradition, Disney Parks and NASA launched a search for the most creative mission patch design to honor Buzz Lightyear as America’s first and longest serving space ranger.
Children from across the nation submitted designs and a brief essay to commemorate Buzz Lightyear’s achievement. As part of the Buzz Lightyear Mission Patch Design Challenge, children had the opportunity to learn about the requirements of space flight and the science surrounding NASA programs, helping to create a strong understanding about the importance of space exploration.
The project builds on NASA’s educational goals of encouraging students to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects.
The winner, parent and two guests will receive a three day, two night vacation to Walt Disney World Resort in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. as well as a VIP tour of the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla.
We invite you to participate in our latest challenge “Kids in Micro-g!” where students will design an experiment for the International Space Station. Students in grades 5-8 will have the opportunity to design an experiment or simple demonstration that could be performed both in the classroom and aboard the space station. The ten regional winners, one national winner and one national runner-up winner will have their experiments conducted by the astronauts on board the space station in the April-May 2010 timeframe.