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The Society for International Space Cooperation is pleased to announce the launch of its Crowdsource To Mars International Online Platform and Student Competition designed allow students from all over the globe to collaborate and find solutions to the challenges involved in a human mission to Mars.
There are two goals for the competition. The first is to harness the creativity of students around the world towards the challenges of spaceflight and the exploration of Mars. The second is to promote international cooperation among the next generation of scientists, engineers and professionals. In many cases this will be the first time working on projects with people in other countries and the first time using the Internet for serious work.
According to Society co-founder and President Michael Slage "Crowdsourcing at its heart is distributed problem solving. And a human mission to Mars presents one of the most complex but important problems ever. Today there is no reason to exclude the ideas and capabilities of anyone because of geography and it seems fitting that the plans for going to be Mars be created by people all over the Earth instead of a few countries."
In the crowdsourcing spirit the project is to be crowdfunded by individuals as well as through sponsorship by companies and organizations around the world.
The Crowdsource To Mars International Online Platform and Student Competition is open to students from 12-18 years old. Its purpose is to inspire students around the world to focus their creativity on offering solutions to some of the challenges of a mission to Mars. Students will work with mentors who can be family members, teachers, or science professionals. Interested students and mentors from around the world can sign up on the SISC site and find others to collaborate with on a project. Team projects with participants from multiple countries are encouraged. Online collaboration and tools will be provided for teams to be able to collaborate across the globe.
Winners will be awarded significant monetary prizes to support their education and given an extraordinary opportunity to meet today's world-renowned scientists and scholars.
More Information about the project, volunteering, donating, and sponsoring can be found at the project web site at http://www.spacesociety.org/crowdsourcetomars2014
About The Society for International Space Cooperation
The Society for International Space Cooperation was formed to address the need for an organization whose sole purpose is to foster cooperation, education, and exchange among the countries of the world in the areas related to scientific advancement and the international exploration of space. The Society is dedicated to the idea that if there is to be future exploration of space we must prepare the next generation through a strong program of International Space Related Education which will lead to cultural as well as scientific understanding among all the nations of the world. The focus of the group is on fostering “grass roots” movements at the national level and organizing international cooperative projects and events in conjunction with other organizations and interested groups. Board members include leaders from the space and science realm as well as personalities interested in space exploration such as film producer, writer, and director James Cameron.
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