Awards & Recognition


We are looking for out-of-this-world submissions that show a thorough understanding of NASA Spinoff technology, as well as creative analysis of its benefits.

The winning submissions will grab our attention with text, images and video, as well as links and citations to resources and research. Submissions will be assessed using rubrics found within the Design Packets provided.

All students who submit completed submissions, will receive a digital NASA Certificate of Participation.


There will be two semifinalists and one honorable mention for elementary, middle and high school grade categories for each of the four missions.

Elementary school (grades 3-6) category semifinalists will be paired up with a mentor from the Mad Science Research and Development team to design and practice a 5-minute presentation showcasing and selling their Spinoff design. Students will deliver the presentation virtually to a panel of NASA and industry researchers.

Middle school (grades 7-8) and high school (grades 9-12) semifinalists will be paired with a college engineering mentor to further develop their Spinoff design, construct virtual models, develop a marketing plan, and build an InWorld OPSPARC presentation within NIAUniverse. NIAUniverse is a physics-based modeling and simulation virtual world. Each semifinalist team will complete a 30-minute presentation to NASA and industry researchers that will include a tour of their virtual world and a Q&A session with the panel of judges. 


NASA and industry judges will select the winning individual or team for each grade level based on the presentations the semifinalists present to the panel. 

In June 2020, the three winning individuals or teams will be invited to a two-day winner’s workshop and awards ceremony with special behind the scenes tours and activities held at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

Each winning team (or individual) will receive an award stipend of up to $4,000 to help offset expenses, generously provided by the Foundation for Technology and Privacy Outreach on behalf of our collaborators.

Grades 3-6 Winner

In addition, to being invited to the NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, Mad Science®, a long-time partner of NASA and proud OPSPARC collaborator, is happy to offer the winning team or individual a $200 voucher towards a Mad Science® program of their choice. Mad Science® has been creating and delivering entertaining and educational hands-on activities to kids and their families for more than 30 years for kids ages 3-12.


* All decisions made by NASA Goddard in regard to choosing winning individuals or teams will be considered final.


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