Morehead State University Space Science

Wild Winners of the 2018 Dataseam Sci-Fi Project

New worlds.  New ways of viewing our world.  New ways to go forward or not.  The Dataseam Si-Fi Project recognizes the blend of science and imagination that creates an important genre of Science Fiction.  We have to imagine the world before we can create it.  We have to see the possibilities before we can work toward making them real.

Best of Show Winner – The Weapon

Writing Winner – Mazatlan

Movie Winner – The Time Ripple

Visual Art Winner – Guardian Rofaz

Visual Art Merit Award – Trappist-1

Movie Winner (Middle School) – The Chronicles of Schneidonia

Congratulations to winners of the 2018 Dataseam Sci-Fi Project.  Thank you to all the entries who shared their talent and insight.

The Kentucky Aerospace Industry accounts for billions of dollars in exports every year and Morehead State University Space Science program is a world leader in small satellite development, testing and tracking.


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,

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,

Program Dates

Program kickoff January 15, 2018

Submission Deadline March 1, 2018 (midnight local time)

Winners announced via website March 15, 2018

DataseamScholars at Morehead State University – video

Morehead State University and Dataseam have partnered to provide students, passionate about majoring in science, technology, engineering or math to pursue their dreams at Morehead State University.  This includes degrees from the MSU Space Science Program and those wanting to teach these subjects in K-12.  As a Kentucky DataseamScholar at Morehead State University  you will receive a scholarship valued at the cost of tuition for fall and spring semesters of enrollment.  This is a renewable scholarship for your four years at MSU.   Check out all MSU scholarship opportunities today.  Application deadline for the DataseamScholars program is 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.

Stars Fuel Future in Eastern Kentucky (Video)

(Morehead, KY) – We feature the DataseamGrid with thousands of computers working 24-hours a day to help researchers find new treatments for cancer.  We talk about thousands of teachers benefiting from Dataseam workshops.  We point with pride to Certified Technicians enhancing school technology.  We highlight Dataseam Scholarships supporting college students.  Sometimes it is nice to look at one student and what they have accomplished.

 William Roach-Barrette – In His Own Words

My name is William Roach-Barrette.  I am a Space Systems Engineer at Rajant Corporation.  I am a student at the Morehead State University Space Science Center and a graduate of the Carol Martin Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science.  I grew up in Menifee County, Kentucky.

I would not be here today without Dataseam and other organizations that are changing Kentucky.  I am a product of a system who believed the way forward for Kentucky was through its youth. I was incredibly lucky through my life.  Even now, I am fortunate enough to have a job in my field and in the Commonwealth, something that seemed impossible eight years ago.

My fascination with technology began at a young age.  As a toddler I was captivated by light switches.  I begged my parents to move me from switch to switch so I could repeatedly turn the lights on and off.  At age eleven I was awe-struck by the release of what would become one of the world’s most popular modern inventions, the iPhone.

At the time, I couldn’t afford to buy an iPhone, both the device and cell phone plan were far too much for a seventh-grade boy to justify to his parents.  They did, find the money to buy an iPod Touch.  It wasn’t long after I acquired this device I began finding ways to change it and make it more suited to me and my needs.

This led me to programing when Apple began allowing third parties to develop applications for the iPhone and the newly announced iPad.  I was again motivated by Steve Jobs newest invention.  I couldn’t wait to see what I could do with it.

I was now a freshman at Menifee County High School and the movie Avatar had just been released. Why is this important?  Because this film inspired me to explore the idea of space as a career.

Modern space exploration was no more than a dream to me.  I didn’t have the same sense of nostalgia felt by my elders who had lived through the space race.  They remembered the deep sense of national pride, discovery, and progress happening during that time.  In my lifetime I saw the Space Shuttle Columbia break into pieces and the Space Shuttle Atlantis deliver its last astronauts back to Earth.  To see a film depicting space travel as an inconvenience and not an achievement gave me the desire to make my dream a reality.

Around this time another turning point in my life was taking place. Dataseam, a company I knew little about at the time, had been installing brand new iMacs in my school system.  Such exposure to technology gave me enough knowledge in video production to start my own YouTube product review business.  I reviewed accessories and applications for Apple products.

Kentucky Space Movie Project.  Dataseam decided to sponsor a new competition for high schools in my region. The Kentucky Space Movie Project was born, and with it, a desire to learn more about the universe… and earn some cool technology.  I began working with a team of students to create a documentary on the search for extraterrestrial intelligence in our universe.  The documentary explored the idea of aliens existing anywhere in our universe as well as the likelihood of a human alien encounter occurring over the course of our species’ existence.  I won’t spoil the end for you, but will say teams from Menifee County took both first and second place that year.

This was the final push for me, but for not so obvious reasons.  When I came to the Space Science Center, I met people who would become a crucial part of my life moving forward, role models who changed the world in their own way.  They inspired me to make a career out of technology and space, and sparked the internal fire pushing me there.

More School Technology.  Dataseam’s program was a primary reason the MSU Center for Regional Engagement and MSU 21st Century Enterprise provided iPads to school districts like mine.  Dataseam was there when I had my interview for admission to The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science, where I was driven to be the very best I could be.  The two years spent at Gatton were the hardest years of my life.  They were also hands down the two best years of school I ever had.  I learned about myself and the world.  When I graduated, I was prepared for my degree program.  At Morehead State University Space Science Center phenomenal staff led by Dr. Ben Malphrus gave me the skills needed to be where I am today.

The Commonwealth is growing.  We are finally beginning to nurse the wounds inflicted on our region from the death of coal and loss of other manufacturing jobs.  State legislative efforts are beginning to bear fruit.  Do not stop now or all we have worked for will shrivel and waste away.  Growing a region starts with its youth and ends when we get jobs contributing back to Kentucky.

I am living proof.  I had a dream children of Kentucky would grow up looking to the stars instead of under ground.  We are getting there.  I have a Kentucky-based career in space technology.  We can grow Kentucky into something wonderful.  It starts with organizations like Dataseam.

William Roach-Barrette, Morehead State University Space Science Student and Rajant Corporation Space Systems Engineer

Dataseam Scholarship at Morehead State University available for students pursuing STEM degrees including Space Science.

Profile Video created in 2015 with William Roach-Barrette.