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NASA Scientist for a day

Date:  Monday, December 21, 2020 Tags:  nasa science IB School

NASA is running a global contest that highlights the proposal that the IB (International Baccalaureate) profile proposes to encourage high school students in the areas of physics and astrophysics. "Scientist for a day" is open to students from years 7 to year 13, to participate in this incredible contest.

Different coordinators throughout the world have been chosen to organize, share and receive the projects. In Colombia, Sonia Castro, teacher at KSI Bogotá, was chosen by NASA along with renowned astrophysicists to direct this.

Through an essay of no more than 300 words, students must express their interest in choosing one of Uranus’ satellites to visit. A selected group of astrophysicists in Colombia, together with Sonia, will be responsible for choosing 3 essays per school, that will be able to share through a videoconference, time with the event organizers. However, not only the chosen essays will be awarded, but everyone who decides to participate will receive a certificate awarded by NASA.

Seeing the interest level amongst students at KSI Bogotá, Sonia Castro has decided to expand the contest so that children, from 4 to 10 years old, can participate as well. By asking a question about space, through a video, they will have the opportunity to solve the questions with a selected group of astrophysicists and visit the Planetarium of Bogotá.

It is with great anticipation that we hope students in Colombia will be motivated to participate and have this wonderful experience with NASA. Additionally, that teachers inspire this motivation so it does not vanish and that we continue to encourage the adults of the future to investigate and have a greater contact with science.

To participate in the fifth to eleven section, students must go to or write to .

To learn about the project organized by KSI for preschool and elementary school, please visit and add a video comment, with the hashtag #AskaScientistKSIB.

"Children have to be taught how to think, not what to think" (Mead, 1954)

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