Kentucky Aerospace Industry Consortium

Seeking Stars At Morehead Space Science Center

(Morehead, Kentucky) – An eager group of students from Whitley County, Elliott County, Paducah Tilghman, and Jenkins Independent visited the Space Science Center at Morehead State University looking for a future in space.  The center at MSU is a world leader in small satellite development and tracking.

According to Space Science Director, Ben Malphrus students not only get a solid academic foundation, but they also work on projects like the current Lunar IceCube which is scheduled to go to the moon next year in search of lunar ice.  This is an important step in man living on the moon and moving further on to mars.

Students and parents alike had no idea that the space is one of the leading industries in the state of Kentucky, larger than bourbon, autos or horse racing.  Bigger yet for the potential students is that Morehead University Space Science program plays a significant role in producing experienced graduates who are in high demand across the country.

Students from schools in the Dataseam program interested in studying Space Science should apply today.

Announcing The 2018 Dataseam Sci-Fi Project – Rules, Prizes, Dates

This is a great opportunity for students to apply knowledge and imagination in order to create a new world; sound the alarm on the future; or solve today’s problems. Students are challenged to create a movie, original piece of art, or written example of science fiction.

Imagination is a powerful tool for any scientist, inventor or leader. Imagination opens the mind to alternate ways of approaching real-world problems.

Prizes.  Winners of each category (Movie, Writing, Art) and each grade group (5-8 and 9-12) receive a $200 Apple Card to purchase equipment, videos, music and more.  Honorable Mention winners receive a $50 Apple Card.  Individual or team receives one prize.

 

Your Assignment  Decide what you want to say. Develop the characters, the setting, the conflict, and the resolution. Choose the media to best tell your story.

Movie.  Film should be 7-10 minutes in length including titles, credits and any additional outtakes. There is no limit to number of characters, scenes or locations for your film. Opening title should include 1) Film Name, 2) Production Team Name, 3) “A Dataseam Sci-Fi Project Film. Submit “mp4” video format with upload limit of 300 MB file size.  (Larger size may be accepted, info@kydataseam.com)

Writing.  Can include short story, personal narrative or screen play. 500-800 words. May include photographs or illustrations that count toward awesomeness points. Submit as one PDF with upload limit of 300 MB file size.

Visual Art.  Produce a photo, drawing or other type of two-dimension artwork that tells a story. Must include 100-150 word caption describing inspiration and context for the image. Submit as one PDF with upload limit of 300 MB file size.

Dataseam Sci-Fi Project Rules

Judging – Each piece will be scored by judges based on the following criteria.

  1. 30% Creativity. How well do you use characters, setting, conflict and resolution to tell the story.
  2. 30% Production Quality. How well do you use the media to tell your story? How well have you used editing, music, sound, and camera? How well do your words capture the reader. Is your art balanced and visually impactful?
  3. 30% Makes us think. How have you helped society look at a topic differently? How have you captured the viewer and made them think about our world, our technology, our place in the universe or our place on the block?
  4. 10% Awesomeness. Extra credit because it has that much awesomeness.

Original Content – Students should create all work including story ideas, scripts, storyboards, shooting, editing and post-production. Teams should not infringe on third party (images, video, music). Legal, limited use of third party images, sound is allowed.

Space Theme – Stories, video and writings must be rooted in some aspect of space. It can be far away planets in deep space, satellites and space stations, or deal with alien cultures that visit our planet.  The sky is the limit.

Real Science – While we encourage you to envision new and alternate realities, your piece should be grounded in fundamentally sound science. You may imagine “new” discoveries or inventions that change what we assume to be true.

Eligibility – Competition is open to students attending school in Kentucky. Project judged and prizes awarded in two grade groups, 5-8 and 9-12. You must compete in the grade you are attending at time of submission.  Open to individual or team.

Submission – All entries must be submitted using the online portal (HERE) After February 15. Follow the instructions on the submission page. We strongly suggest that you test the upload capabilities from your school or location prior to the deadline. Mark the project “TEST” in the subject field.

Any questions contact, info@kydataseam.com.

Program Dates

Program kickoff January 15, 2018

Submission Deadline March 1, 2018 (midnight local time)

Winners announced via website March 15, 2018

Morehead Kentucky Center for Space Revolution (VIDEO)

(Morehead, Ky) – Morehead State University students and faculty are leading a space revolution from small satellite development to tracking space craft in deep space. MSU Space Science is being featured at the International Astronautical Congress meeting this week in Adelaide, Australia. Watch the introductory video and learn why Kentucky is producing space scientists for this new space race. Also see if you are eligible for the Dataseam Scholars at Morehead State University program.

Life Long Learning – For Real

IF Hancock Question

Hancock County student got an opportunity to ask questions and explore topics in more depth.

(Louisville, KY) – At the annual IDEAFESTIVAL, students not only witnessed adults engaging in life long learning, but were able to engage, explore, experience and challenge ideas, positions and assumed truths for themselves.  They consumed knowledge on topics outside the classroom and awakened their child like curiosity in an adult, real-world setting.

IDEAFESTIVAL is a four-day event, which brings together speakers to help participants engage in the excitement of exploring new topics and looking at old issues in novel ways.  Subjects range across a wide spectrum of art, science, business, social responsibility, emotion, medicine, space, history and live performances.  This mingling of diverse topics is designed to push participants to think differently.

Or as organizers of the event say, “Stay Curious.  Embrace the danger of new ideas.”

While most participants are adults, event sponsors have made a number of passes available to Kentucky high school students.  Their attendance has become an important element in the mix of people and energy for the event.   It has provided high school students a one of a kind learning opportunity.

IF iLead Students

iLead Academy students blend in with the art at Kentucky Center for the Arts.

According to iLead Academy educator, Kirk Brooks, this was not only a chance for students to see that learning takes place outside the classroom, but a rare opportunity to learn right along side adults.  We used to learn through apprenticeships with adults, but now we mostly put students with their peers and many learning opportunities are lost.   Mr. Brooks also finds it interesting that when students are placed in an adult environment like this, they tend to step up their thinking and engagement.

Students used different words to describe their IDEAFESTIVAL experience, many as, “Truly an eye opening experience.”  It is interesting to hear their comments and see the subjects that peak their interest.

“… It’s amazing to be able to take a day and learn about things you otherwise wouldn’t have been interested in and to listen to people speak so passionately and with such intelligence…”  – Allie, senior

“… Listening to the speakers was truly inspiring and they taught me things that I can use in my daily life.  Forgiveness and taking advantage of opportunities were some of the important concepts I took away.” Hope, junior

IF Stage

Host, Kris Kimel, leads the popular question and answer session after each presentation.

“… speakers were very open minded and aware of the people and situations around them. …  many doors have been opened in my mind to be able to accomplish the same …” Cayden, sophomore

“… Learning about new topics without being limited by school curriculum and other standardized barriers is more refreshing than words can express. Intelligent conversation always follows the presentations. … thankful for my experiences at IDEAFESTIVAL, and truly hope that I may attend again.” Kayl, sophomore

“… loved being in an environment that encouraged eccentricity in ways of thinking and solving problems, especially in a society that encourages abiding to the norm … every speaker made me question things I thought I already knew… “ Dylan, junior

“… allowed you to form your own thoughts about the subject while sharing theirs. If they had a program in schools similar to that of IDEAFESTIVAL, maybe kids wouldn’t feel like the world is black and white…” MaHayla, junior

“… has given me the opportunity to see into fields of study that I wouldn’t have previously imagined.” Alex, junior

“The IDEAFESTIVAL has always been an invigorating way to learn and discover. … has certainly taken away unique perspectives that will be a part of my life forever.” Cade, junior

Every year I try to guess which speaker will be the most interesting to students.  I am always wrong.  As educators,, we talk a great deal about creating life long learners.   The IDEAFESTIVAL in Louisville each fall, is a prime display of this pursuit.  I hope you and your students get the chance to experience this opportunity.

Videos from past events are available on the IDEAFESTIVAL website.