On August 28, 2012, students, scientists and officials at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena, California gathered for the premiere of will.i.am's latest track "Reach for the Stars" after it was transmitted from Mars by the Curiosity rover. For the first time in history, a song was beamed back to Earth from another planet!
“Reach for the Stars” is about will.i.am’s passion for science, technology and space exploration. The song is part of a larger initiative through his i.am.angel Foundation to inspire young people to cultivate their interests in S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math).
will.i.am says: “If it wasn’t for the work that NASA did, we wouldn’t have the computers that we have today. For us to continue to advance, it’s important to give today’s youth all the skill sets they will need to innovate, in order for tomorrow to be just as robust as it is today. It’s my new mission now to use my music and my career to inspire the youth of the world to pursue success in STEM.”
How do we get more kids interested in science and space exploration? will.i.am and his i.am.angel Foundation challenge you to create an app for kids, to inspire more youth participation in space exploration, and to encourage the development of STEM skills.
This is an open-ended challenge - we want you to be creative in how to engage kids with S.T.E.M.! At a minimum, this app should:
- Be aimed at youth
- Incorporate real science and/or data related to space
- Encourage users to further develop their STEM skills
- Be fun!
Kids love games, so think about an app that includes gaming elements (although it's not required for this challenge). Here are some sample ideas:
- A game that teaches about the Big Bang
- A game to design and customize your own space shuttles
- A game where users can create virtual colonies on Mars and maintain them (incorporating data from the Curiosity Rover)
- A platform for crowdsourcing data analysis or data sorting from kids, using elements of gameplay
Behind the scenes with NASA "Reach for the Stars" video.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h47kXwM_6dE&feature=player_embedded
Behind the scenes with "Reach for the Stars."
The following projects are solving this challenge:
Space Adventure is a videogame about a character who destroys spacial rocks. Visit Project
Simiyu The Chicken
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Kid in Space
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Big Bang Exploration
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The worlds outside
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Space Explorer - For the Kids
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I'm not Dreaming !
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Android app done with the goal of rising the children interest in space. Visit Project
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Go for IT
Synopsis Go for IT [IT stands for Interstellar Travel, you know] will be a web-based game, with extension apps for OS and Android Systems. It will be mainly oriented for kids, from 4 to almost 40 years [just like me!] and older. This game will runs over a real time simulation of our Solar ... Visit Project
8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 Ready for Takeoff The Curiosity rover is going to a new expedition through space, looking forward to explore and to obtain more information about our universe. But when our character was heading to his objective an asteroid shower hit the engine of the space shuttle, fo... Visit Project
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Augmented Solar System
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will.i.R@ - (will.i.Reach)
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![GameIcon](http://f.cl.ly/items/2s292h030h2k1p313v0z/IMG_1598.PNG) Rendez-Vous is an iPhone games that tries to show the importance of the several launching parameters of satellites. By playing the game, the user gets familiar with initial speeds and directions to place satellites into orbit.... Visit Project
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lenguaje español hacer una aplicación dirigida a jóvenes y niños,para despertar el interés en el universo y se den cuenta que su mente no solo debe de estar centrada en la tierra,si no, que en el espacio hay cosas interesantes que pueden cambiar su perspectiva de ver nuestro mundo. English ... Visit Project