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Last Chance to Enter Kids' Science Challenge!
Design a Sport for Mars and Win a Trip to NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory
February 17, 2010
In this image, a dark haired man in khaki pants stands and smiles in the red, rocky landscape of the 'mars yard' at  NASAs Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He has just thrown a white frisbee and its round shape fills the foreground of the image, zooming toward the camera.'

The Kids Science Challenge, with support from NASA's Imagine Mars Project, is asking students in grades 3 through 6 to consider what sports might be played by members of the first martian community. Students must submit their very own ideas for a game suitable for the red planet by Feb. 28, 2010. Winners will work with engineers from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) to flesh out their plans and bring their sport into reality (at least on Earth).

Mars scientist, Ashwin Vasavada, will work with the winning student/s. "I don't know what to expect," he said. "I imagine the ideas will be as extreme as the environment on Mars!" Engineer, Suparna Mukherjee, said, "This is an awesome opportunity for kids to tackle a difficult challenge in a really fun way."

Funded by a four-year grant from The National Science Foundation, the Kids' Science Challenge offers elementary-school-age children the opportunity to practice real science and to work with scientists and engineers. Over 770 students entered last year's competition, and even more are expected to enter this year.

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Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech
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