NASA space settlement design contest won by Dublin school

25 Jun 2015

John Scottus School, Ballsbridge, has proved victorious in a global contest run by NASA Ames, beating out the competition to claim first prize for its space settlement design.

This is the first time an Irish school has won a prize in the competition.

Up against schools from all over the world, the team of sixth class students from John Scottus — supported by teachers Darren Shiels and Margaret Dempsey – won the Grade 7 and younger large team prize for their space habitat design, which features climate-controlled spaces, living areas, farmland and gravity-creation chambers.

Future Human

The space settlement design contest is run by NASA Ames every year, with the grand prize winner’s design displayed on the NASA Ames website.

The team from John Scottus has won the most important prize of all: bragging rights. And what bragging rights they are…

Take a look at the kids’ design:

John Scottus' design for NASA Ames space settlement contest

Kirsty Tobin
By Kirsty Tobin

Kirsty Tobin served as careers editor of Silicon Republic from 2015 up to August 2017. When she was younger, she had a dream where she started and won a fight with a T-Rex, so she’s pretty sure she kicked butt at this, too. Passions include eating all the cake, watching more TV than is healthy and sassy comebacks.

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