2017 aiaa hampton Roads Section Middle School Essay Contest

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2017 AIAA Hampton Roads Section Middle School Essay Contest
Welcome to the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Hampton Roads Section (HRS) Middle School Essay Contest. This contest is open to all middle school students (defined as grades 6-8) who live in the AIAA Hampton Roads Section area.


Four (4) prizes will be awarded to the top essays submitted. The author of the first (1st) place essay will receive a check for $300. The author of the second (2nd) place essay will receive a check for $250. The author of the third (3rd) place essay will receive a check for $200. The author of the fourth (4th) place essay will receive a check for $150. All winners (and their parents/guardians) will be invited to the AIAA HRS Annual Awards Dinner, held in May.

Additionally, the top 7th and the top 8th grade entries will be submitted to the AIAA Space Systems Technical Committee (SSTC) and will compete against the top entries from other AIAA sections around the country. The national winner for each grade will receive $100 (with an additional $250 for their science classroom) and have their essay published.

Entry Form:

Name: __________________________________________ Date: ________________

Last First MI

Number and Street City State Zip Code

Phone Number: (_____) _____-________ Email: _____________________________________

School: __________________________ Grade (circle one): 6 7 8 Birthday: ___/___/___


  1. Students must currently be in the 6th, 7th or 8th grade (or equivalent)

  2. Students should fill out all of the information above

  3. Students will write a 500-1000 word essay on the subject below (double-spaced, 12-point font preferred)

  4. Essays will be judged on originality/creativity, logic, realism and quality/clarity.

  5. A parent or legal guardian must read, acknowledge and sign the special notes section below.

  6. Submissions must be received by 5:00 pm, March 15th, 2017.

  7. All decisions of AIAA HRS are final

Topic: Choose one of the aspects of the Juno spacecraft listed on the webpage below. Describe how it works and why it helps discovery at Jupiter. (https://www.missionjuno.swri.edu/spacecraft/juno-spacecraft)

(500-1000 words – please attach on separate page(s))

Special Note to parents or legal guardians:

Please read the following statements and sign to acknowledge the information.

I understand that:

  1. The student must currently be in the 6th – 8th grade or equivalent

  2. The winners of the essay contest will receive as their prize a check and an invitation (student and parents/guardians) to the annual awards dinner, held in May (attendance optional)

  3. Essays that are selected to be submitted to the SSTC may be published in the AIAA magazine, on the website or both.

Name: ____________________________________________ Date: _______________

Signature: _________________________________________
Entries should be submitted to Karen Berger at either:

  • aiaa.hrs.k12outreach@gmail.com or

  • AIAA HRS, P.O. BOX 7392, Hampton, Virginia, 23666

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