Cassini Scientist for a Day
10 Years at Saturn: Spring 2014 Edition Now Under Way
An Essay Contest For Students in Grade 5 to 12
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|The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by Cassini and are tasked to choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This choice must then be supported in essay (maximum 500 words). The contest meets U.S. National English and Science Education Standards.
UPDATE: April 9, 2014: The online form for U.S. entries is now available.
UPDATE: March 27: We added a video of Cassini scientists providing a first hand view of the scientific process, debating which of the three topics they would choose.
This essay contest meets U.S. National English and Science Education Standards .
2013 Edition Recap:
• Winners of the last edition of the U.S. contest.
• Winners from participating countries.
• Winners from the European Space Agency international contest.
• For a list of participating countries, please visit our international page .
Student Scientists Have Their Day
Students from schools throughout the U.S. peppered a panel of top Cassini scientists with questions on Saturn and its rings and moons. Leading the panel, on Dec. 7, 2010, was Amanda Hendrix, Cassini deputy scientist. She was assisted by Kevin Baines, a JPL Principal Scientist with extensive experience in planetary exploration, and Rosaly Lopes, a world-famous planetary geologist and volcanologist.The event has been recorded, and is available on Ustream.
The 2009 edition of the Ustream event is also available on Ustream.