Genes in Space

Ages:Middle School, High School

Type:Submission

Categories:Aerospace Engineering, STEM

Scope:National

Registration Opens
Jan 1, 2023 12:01am
America/New_York

Registration Closes
Apr 1, 2023 12:01am
America/New_York

http://www.genesinspace.org

Genes in Space invites students to design DNA analysis experiments that solve real-world problems in space exploration. The winning experiment will be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) where it will be carried out by astronauts. The contest is a collaboration between miniPCR and Boeing with generous support from the ISS National Laboratory and New England Biolabs, Inc.

 

Genes in Space is free to enter, and does not require equipment. Proposals are submitted by teams of one to four students and must use the ISS as a testbed for space exploration. Students must explain a) the problem their experiment will address, b) their hypothesis, c) their experimental plan, and d) the tools they will use to have their experiments carried out. 35 student groups will be granted award packages, and five of those will be named Finalists. Finalists will be paired with mentors to help them refine and develop their experiments before they present their ideas to our contest judges at the ISS Research & Development Conference. The judges will choose one experiment to launch to the ISS.

Submissions will be evaluated on the following questions. More details can be found on the competition's website.
  1. Have you identified an interesting question? (20 points)
  2. Have you stated a clear and well-reasoned hypothesis? (20 points)
  3. Do you present a clear and actionable experimental plan? (15 points)
  4. Does your experimental design make sensible and creative use of the Genes in Space toolkit? (15 points)
  5. Do you make a strong case for the benefits your work will bring to future generations of space travelers? (25 points)
  6. Does your proposal inspire enthusiasm for your selected topic? (5 points)
This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Website: www.genesinspace.org

Managing Organization: miniPCR bio

Contact:
Katy Martin
katy@minipcr.com

Entry Fee: $0

Eligibility:
Any U.S.-based student (i.e., a student residing and attending school in the United States) in grades 7-12 is eligible to compete. Homeschooled students are eligible to compete. Students may compete individually or in teams of up to 4.<strong> </strong>

Registration Opens
Jan 1, 2023 12:01am
America/New_York

Registration Closes
Apr 1, 2023 12:01am
America/New_York

Overview

Genes in Space invites students to design DNA analysis experiments that solve real-world problems in space exploration. The winning experiment will be launched to the International Space Station (ISS) where it will be carried out by astronauts. The contest is a collaboration between miniPCR and Boeing with generous support from the ISS National Laboratory and New England Biolabs, Inc.

 

Process

Genes in Space is free to enter, and does not require equipment. Proposals are submitted by teams of one to four students and must use the ISS as a testbed for space exploration. Students must explain a) the problem their experiment will address, b) their hypothesis, c) their experimental plan, and d) the tools they will use to have their experiments carried out. 35 student groups will be granted award packages, and five of those will be named Finalists. Finalists will be paired with mentors to help them refine and develop their experiments before they present their ideas to our contest judges at the ISS Research & Development Conference. The judges will choose one experiment to launch to the ISS.

Criteria

Submissions will be evaluated on the following questions. More details can be found on the competition's website.
  1. Have you identified an interesting question? (20 points)
  2. Have you stated a clear and well-reasoned hypothesis? (20 points)
  3. Do you present a clear and actionable experimental plan? (15 points)
  4. Does your experimental design make sensible and creative use of the Genes in Space toolkit? (15 points)
  5. Do you make a strong case for the benefits your work will bring to future generations of space travelers? (25 points)
  6. Does your proposal inspire enthusiasm for your selected topic? (5 points)

Awards

This competition has not yet listed it's awards.

Participate

Website: www.genesinspace.org

Managing Organization: miniPCR bio

Contact:
Katy Martin
katy@minipcr.com

Entry Fee: 0

Eligibility:
Any U.S.-based student (i.e., a student residing and attending school in the United States) in grades 7-12 is eligible to compete. Homeschooled students are eligible to compete. Students may compete individually or in teams of up to 4.<strong> </strong>

Deadlines

Registration Opens
Jan 1, 2023 12:01am
America/New_York

Registration Closes
Apr 1, 2023 12:01am
America/New_York