Announcing the 2013 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest
National and State of Oklahoma Competitions
Calling All Oklahoma Teachers!
If you answered yes to all 3 of these questions, we have a way for you to get your students involved in the 2013 Cassini Scientist
for a Day Essay Contest on both the National (sponsored by the Cassini Outreach Team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory) and State level
(sponsored by the NASA Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium)!
- Do you teach Oklahoma students in grades 5 – 12, any subject area?
- Would you like to see one of your students become a Scientist for a Day?
- Would you like $150 worth of free science supplies for your classroom?
What is the 2013 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest?
It is a contest sponsored by the Cassini Outreach Team at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory to give students in grades 5 – 12 an
opportunity to be a Scientist for a Day. Students will tell the scientists which target they think would be best for imaging. Students
may write an essay of up to 500 words choosing one of the three possible targets and explaining their reasoning for the choice.
What is the prize for the State of Oklahoma competition winner?
The winner for the State of Oklahoma competition receives $100. The teacher who sends in the winning student entry receives
$150 worth of free science supplies of their choice.
How do I get involved in both the National and the State of Oklahoma competitions?
Follow the National competition instructions below, but do not submit to the National contest.
- Go to the 2013 Cassini Scientist for
a Day Essay Contest page for the National competition and read all of the information thoroughly. Be sure to read all of the sections
(Main, Teachers, Videos, Rules, and FAQ).
- Show the videos to your students and let them research Saturn and two of its moons, Iapetus and Dione, as well as the 3 targets
which are being considered for imaging.
- Once their research is complete, students choose one of the three targets and explain the reasons for their choice in an
essay of up to 500 words. Students may work individually or in teams of up to four students. Follow all of the rules as
listed on NASA's website.
- Choose the top three essays in each class.
- IMPORTANT: DO NOT SEND ESSAYS TO THE NATIONAL CONTEST! PLEASE FOLLOW THE FOLLOWING STATE-WIDE COMPETITION GUIDELINES:
- Submit a cover letter and your three winning essays per class as attachments in an email to
firstname.lastname@example.org by 5PM on Friday,
October 11th, 2013. Please note this date is two weeks BEFORE the national deadline.
- The cover letter must clearly state the teacher’s name, the school name, school address, school phone number, and ALL of the
students’ names who wrote essays (not just the three per class submitted) and their grade level.
- The top 10% of all of the Oklahoma entries will be submitted to the Cassini Outreach Team!