"The Future Is Now"
Open to all K-12 students in Hampton Roads, Virginia. (more info)
Imagine heading to school in the morning and instead of waiting at the bus stop, catching a ride to class in your family's personal air vehicle. Then, at school, during a lesson about the planets, picture your science teacher tuning in to a live video feed of astronauts conducting experiments inside an inflatable habitat on the red, dusty surface of Mars. Later, after flying home, you overhear the night's top news story -- that a company in Virginia has developed a way to scrub toxic emissions from the nation's skies.
No way, right? Sounds like something straight out of a science fiction movie.
But don't tell that to the scientists at NASA's Langley Research Center, because the truth is, these are exactly the kinds of issues they're working on today. Already, they're figuring out how to make personal air vehicles an everyday reality. Even now, they're developing inflatable habitats that NASA astronauts may use on the moon one day -- or even Mars. At this moment, they're studying the pollution in our skies in the hopes of one day reducing the impact it has on our environment and us.
Langley researchers have a rich history of contributing to aerospace, technology development and atmospheric sciences in ways that shape the way we live. Today, they're working on the problems of tomorrow. Or to put it another way, at NASA Langley the future is now.
NASA Langley Research Center's Office of Strategic Analysis, Communication and Business Development is inviting children in Hampton Roads, Virginia grades K-12 to use their talents, imagination, and knowledge of NASA to create original artwork for a 2014 NASA Art Contest entitled "The Future Is Now." The Hampton Roads area includes the cities of Virginia Beach, Norfolk, Chesapeake, Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth, Suffolk, Poquoson, Williamsburg, and the counties of York, Gloucester, Isle of Wight, James City & Mathews.
The 2014 NASA Art Contest is intended to illustrate how NASA research and innovation is making tomorrow's dreams possible today through aeronautics, earth science, and space exploration; and to highlight how NASA discoveries help build a better world, one full of new opportunities, technologies, and ways to understand ourselves and protect and conserve our home planet, Earth.
NASA Langley Research Center is asking students to illustrate their interpretation of the theme “The Future Is Now” in one of the following three categories:
- aeronautic contributions related to civil, commercial, and military aircraft;
- futuristic air vehicle concepts and design;
- environmentally responsible aircraft and operations that reduce emissions and noise while boosting fuel economy; or
- improved air traffic management and safety.
- development of new spacecraft and rocket concepts and design;
- robotic missions to scout new destinations for future human exploration;
- plans that support commercial crew transportation; or
- extended stay missions to other celestial bodies.
- Earth Science:
- improved understanding of the nature and effects of climate change;
- instruments and spacecraft to investigate our atmosphere;
- technologies and tools to increase knowledge about Earth and its systems;
- Flight missions that discover particles in the air and how they travel around the globe.
We are asking schools, organizations, and community groups to submit one entry per student. A grand-prize winner will be selected from all entries. First place, second place, third place, and honorable mention winners will be selected for each grade level. The Contest begins on Monday, February 3, 2014 and concludes on Monday, March 31, 2014.
Additional entry forms and guideline information are available at: http://www.nasa.gov/larc/2014-nasa-langley-art-contest/ and by contacting:
NASA Langley Research Center
Please feel free to contact us if you have questions or need additional entry forms, etc.