Space essay contest launched by UNESCO

23 May 2002 Together with the European Space Agency and other partners, UNESCO is organizing an international essay contest on the theme of ‘Space and Daily Life’.

Open to secondary school students around the world in the 15–18 age bracket, the contest invites students to describe how space affects them in their daily lives today and to imagine how space will influence society in the coming decades.

The five best essayists will receive monetary awards and a UNESCO certificate. In addition, the first prize-winner will travel as UNESCO’s guest to the award ceremony in Paris (France) and to the European World Space Week 2002 celebration in Noordwijk (Netherlands) on 6-7 October 2002. 

To take part in the essay contest, students must pre-register by Sunday 30 June 2002. The closing date for essay submissions is 31 July 2002.

The contest is part of a new Space Education Project (SEP) inspired by the 1999 World Conference on Science and UNISPACE III Conference (Vienna, Austria).

Faithful to the message of both Conferences, SEP focuses on improving science education at all levels and on developing new curricula and teaching methods adapted to today’s educational needs.

The Project targets secondary level students and teachers, university and post-graduate students, young professionals and the general public.

Activities in the pipeline include regional space education activities, the creation of a Space Volunteer Programme, the sponsorship of teacher training workshops and multimedia educational materials.

From 4 to 10 October, SEP will be organizing various events during this year’s World Space Week, the fourth since the Week was launched by the United Nations in 1999 and the source of this year’s essay theme.

For further contest details, contact Ms Yolanda Berenguer at UNESCO’s Earth Sciences Division (‘phone: +33 1 45 68 41 71, y.berenguer@unesco.org) or to go to: http://www.worldspaceweek.org.