2012 NASA Calendar Art Contest

The folks at NASA Langley would like to invite you and your students to share your artistry, imagination, and talent with NASA and the Virginia Air and Space Center to commemorate the 95th Anniversary of NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC) and its predecessor, Langley Aeronautical Laboratory.

Langley research established many of the basic building blocks of aeronautics, changed the shape of aircraft and helped allow jets to fly at supersonic speeds. Then came 1958 and the dawn of the space race. The National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, which had established Langley, became NASA, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration. The newly named Langley Research Center added space exploration to its repertoire. Langley started Project Mercury and the Space Task Group, which oversaw the burgeoning U.S. space program, and the original seven astronauts.

Here are some child-friendly websites for more info about NASA Langley:

NASA for Students

NASA Langley History

Research at NASA Langley

NASA Education – Grades 5-8

NASA Education – Grades 9-12

This contest is open to children/students between the ages of five – 18 years of age (grades K – 12). It gives them the opportunity to artistically express how NASA encourages inspiration, innovation, and discovery to build a better world, one full of opportunities, technologies, and ways to understand ourselves and protect our planet, Earth.

In doing so, NASA will showcase the talents of area students in a 2012 NASA calendar entitled, NASA: Art for LaRC as well as a public display at the Virginia Air and Space Center in Hampton, VA and in the Virginia General Assembly in Richmond, VA . A grand prize winner in addition to first, second, and third place winners will be selected and announced. Prizes will be given to winners in each category.

NASA Langley Research Center is asking students to illustrate their interpretation of Langley’s 95 year history and beyond related to one of the following themes:

Aeronautics: (1) historic aeronautic contributions related to civil; commercial, and military aircraft; (2) futuristic air vehicle concepts and design; (3) environmentally responsible aircraft and operations that reduce emissions and noise while boosting fuel economy; or (4) improved air traffic management and safety.

Exploration: (1) development of new spacecraft and rockets concepts and design; (2) robotic missions to scout new destinations for future human exploration; or (3) development plans that support commercial crew transportation.

Science: (1) improved understanding of the nature and effects of climate change; (2) instruments and spacecraft investigate our solar system and beyond; or (3) technologies and tools to increase knowledge about Earth and its systems.

Education: (1) programs that strengthen NASA and the Nation’s future workforce; (2) opportunities to attract and retain students in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM, disciplines; or (3) tools and technologies that engage Americans of all ages in NASA’s mission.

Schools, organizations, and community groups are asked to submit one entry per student. A first place winner will be selected from all entries in each particular grade level, and the final grand prize winner will be selected from all grade level entries.  The grand prize winner’s artwork will be selected to appear on the front cover of the 2012 NASA Art for LaRC calendar. The first place winner from each remaining grade level will be featured for a selected month.

The deadline to enter this 2012 NASA Langley Research Center art contest is October 31, 2011.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Katrina Townes-Young directly by telephone at 757-864-3868, by e-mail at katrina.l.young@nasa.gov, or by fax at 757-864-6477.

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