Mars or Bust Debate Tournament

Ages:Middle School, High School

Types:Performance, Presentation

Category:STEM

Scope:National

Registration

Entry Fee: $50

Contact


debatetoeducate@gmail.com

From September 30th/October 1st, The Mars Society and Debate to Educate will pair up for a one time only spectacular event! Teams from all over the world will debate some of the most crucial scientific questions of our time, competing for a chance to perform virtually in a final round at the Mars Society Convention in front of an audience of some of the greatest minds in the field of space exploration! We will be offering $1000 in cash prizes (minimum), to be distributed amongst the top 2 teams in each division. We will match competitors in ANY time zone, so that all debaters may compete at a reasonable time between Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st. Our tournament will be practicing World School Styles. All debates will be in English. Each team may consist of 3-5 debaters.

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Each speaker should speak for 4-7 minutes in order to avoid time penalties. Each speaker is required to accept a minimum of 2 POIs. High school teams must have an average age of under 19 years old. Each speaker should speak for 7 minutes in order to avoid time penalties. Each speaker is required to accept a minimum of 2 POIs. Our motions for the tournament are as follows:

  1. This House Believes there is life on Mars
  2. This House Believes Mars would best be explored through robots (as opposed to humans).
  3. This house believes the settlement of Mars should be led by private companies, and not by governments.
  4. This house believes the first human mission to Mars should be a no-return mission.
  5. This house believes humans should attempt to terraform Mars.

We will be awarding $1000 in cash prizes. Additionally, our prize pool will increase for every team that pays the $50 entrance fee. Below are the minimum prize distributions:
  • High School First Place: $400
  • High School Second Place: $200
  • Middle School First Place: $300
  • Middle School Second Place: $100

Website: https://debatetoeducate.com/09-30-23-10-01-23-upcoming-tournament-mars-or-bust/

Managing Organization: Debate to Educate

Contact:

debatetoeducate@gmail.com

Eligibility:
Teams are not required to be from the same school. We will be hosting both Middle School and High School students! Middle school teams must have an average age of under 15 years old. High school teams must have an average age of under 19 years old. All teams must provide a judge in order to compete.

Registration Opens: August 21, 2023

Registration Closes: September 25, 2023

Overview

From September 30th/October 1st, The Mars Society and Debate to Educate will pair up for a one time only spectacular event! Teams from all over the world will debate some of the most crucial scientific questions of our time, competing for a chance to perform virtually in a final round at the Mars Society Convention in front of an audience of some of the greatest minds in the field of space exploration! We will be offering $1000 in cash prizes (minimum), to be distributed amongst the top 2 teams in each division. We will match competitors in ANY time zone, so that all debaters may compete at a reasonable time between Saturday, September 30th and Sunday, October 1st. Our tournament will be practicing World School Styles. All debates will be in English. Each team may consist of 3-5 debaters.

Process

Each speaker should speak for 4-7 minutes in order to avoid time penalties. Each speaker is required to accept a minimum of 2 POIs. High school teams must have an average age of under 19 years old. Each speaker should speak for 7 minutes in order to avoid time penalties. Each speaker is required to accept a minimum of 2 POIs. Our motions for the tournament are as follows:
  1. This House Believes there is life on Mars
  2. This House Believes Mars would best be explored through robots (as opposed to humans).
  3. This house believes the settlement of Mars should be led by private companies, and not by governments.
  4. This house believes the first human mission to Mars should be a no-return mission.
  5. This house believes humans should attempt to terraform Mars.

Criteria

We will be awarding $1000 in cash prizes. Additionally, our prize pool will increase for every team that pays the $50 entrance fee. Below are the minimum prize distributions:
  • High School First Place: $400
  • High School Second Place: $200
  • Middle School First Place: $300
  • Middle School Second Place: $100

Participate

Website: https://debatetoeducate.com/09-30-23-10-01-23-upcoming-tournament-mars-or-bust/

Managing Organization: Debate to Educate

Contact:

debatetoeducate@gmail.com

Eligibility:
Teams are not required to be from the same school. We will be hosting both Middle School and High School students! Middle school teams must have an average age of under 15 years old. High school teams must have an average age of under 19 years old. All teams must provide a judge in order to compete.

Deadlines

Registration Opens: August 21, 2023

Registration Closes: September 25, 2023