CSU–Pueblo Space Grant Consortium Co-Sponsors End of Solar System Poster Contest

We may not be here when the sun finally goes out, but thanks to the sixth annual poster contest co-sponsored by the Colorado Space Grant Consortium at Colorado State University-Pueblo, the Pikes Peak section of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the U.S. Space Foundation, students in Southern Colorado have a chance to show us what it might look like.

The End of Our Solar System – Saving the Human Race Poster Contest (2007-08) will test student’s ability to research and explain the results of their research by focusing on any two of the following topics:

• The process and timeline of our sun turning into a red giant and then later into a white dwarf
• The science of the process
• What happens to the solar system during the early stages of the process
• Where we could go to escape the pending disaster
• Can our planet be moved away from the sun?
• A proposal and explanation of an evacuation timeline
• The technologies needed to successfully save the human race

Each student may submit one poster using any medium, including photographs, maps, paints, crayons, colored pencils, markers, chalk, or collage techniques, and with negligible hands-on help from adults. The poster title must be visible with the two chosen topics clearly indicated. For more information or to download an entry form and contest rules, go to http://ceeps.colostate-pueblo.edu/spacegrant and click on Poster Contest (2007-2008). All submissions must be delivered to the appropriate school counselor or responsible teacher for poster collection no later than 3:30 p.m. on Jan. 11, 2008.

Posters will be displayed at CSU-Pueblo in February, with the top 14 entries receiving cash awards ranging from $50 - $150, courtesy of the IEEE, and an award certificate co-signed by the IEEE, the CSU-Pueblo Consortium, and the U.S. Space Foundation.

School counselors or teachers in Pueblo County should notify CSU-Pueblo engineering professor Huseyin Sarper by phone at (719) 549-2889 or via e-mail at huseyin.sarper@colosate-pueblo.edu when the posters are ready. In El Paso County, the school counselors or teachers should notify Bryan DeBates at (719) 576-8000 or by e-mail at bryan@spacefoundation.org.

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