Morehead State University Space Science
(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.
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.
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, email@example.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.
- 30% Creativity. How well do you use characters, setting, conflict and resolution to tell the story.
- 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?
- 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?
- 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program kickoff January 15, 2018
Submission Deadline March 1, 2018 (midnight local time)
Winners announced via website March 15, 2018
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, 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.