Category Archives: Education

Cassini Scientist for a Day Student Essay Contest


Cassini Scientist for a Day, an essay contest for students in grades 5 – 12, challenges students to learn about Saturn, examine three possible observations taken by the spacecraft, and consider the scientific results of each. Then students choose a target and defend that choice in an essay of up to 500 words. Contest details are online. The deadline to submit an essay is February 26.

NSTA’s Connected Science Learning


The National Science Teachers Association (NSTA) introduces Connected Science Learning, an online journal that highlights STEM education experiences that bridge the gap between formal and informal science education settings. The inaugural issue of Connected Science Learning will be published in spring 2016, focusing on the theme Successful Formal–Informal Science Education Collaborations. Sign up now to get the first issue.

Mars Rover Celebration

logo_marsroverThe 14th Annual Mars Rover Celebration will take place on January 30, 2016 on the University of Houston campus in the Houston Room of the Student Center. This event is an exciting educational opportunity for primary and middle school students to learn how to build a model rover to perform a mission on Mars. Over 700 students representing 200 teams are expected. Find out how to help by being a volunteer.

2015-2016 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest


The 2015-16 Cassini Scientist for a Day Essay Contest is open to students in grades 5-12.

There are three essay topics to choose from:

Target 1. Saturn’s rings and three moons: Tethys, Enceladus, and Mimas

Target 2. Jupiter, as seen from a billion miles away

Target 3. Saturn’s moon, Tethys, passing behind Rhea (27-frame movie)

Students are invited to choose one of these topics and write an essay about why they think this image should be taken by the Cassini spacecraft. What questions do they hope will be answered by taking this picture?

The contest deadline is Friday, February 26, 2016. All essays must be submitted by the student’s teacher (or parent, if homeschooled). If the essay contest is used as a class assignment, please send the top 3 essays from each class, along with a list of other students who wrote essays for the contest. All students who write essays will receive a certificate of participation. U.S. winners and their classes will be invited to participate in a teleconference with Cassini scientists. U.S. and international winning essays will be posted on the Cassini website.

For contest rules, videos about each essay topic, a downloadable contest flyer, frequently asked questions, and more information, visit: For questions about the contest or to sign up for the contest’s email distribution list, email Good luck!