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Welcome to 2020 Race to Space Contest

Have you ever dreamed of being an astronaut? Your passion for science, math and English can help make your dream come true!

Submit a 3 min (max) creative and fun video of yourself explaining a scientific concept in a simplified and new way (in English)

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Win one of twelve (12) full scholarships to NASA Space Camp.
Space Camp is an amazing place to help expand young people’s interests and to motivate youth to work hard toward their dreams. The Race2space contest makes Space Camp possible for young people who have aptitude in STEM and science communication but do not have the resources to attend Space Camp.

In addition the full scholarship to Space camp you will win a cultural trip to Washington, DC.

Our contest provides 100% funding. All costs will be paid by the U.S. Department of State.

To apply you will need to first verify that you reach the following qualifications*:

  • Moroccan citizen residing in Morocco.
  • Born between July 1, 2002 and June 30, 2005
  • Student of high school (Common Core, ‎First Baccalaureate or Second Baccalaureate).
  • 14/20 Average on most recent transcript, including strong grades in science and mathematics.
  • Demonstrated interest and aptitude in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) inside and outside the classroom.
  • Strong English language skills: The program is conducted entirely in English.
  • Be available during the travel period.

*: All participants must strictly meet these requirements.

How to make a good video?

We are looking for students who can tell nature’s story in a way that grips up. Here are some tips to follow

Video Tutorial

Timeline

Your journey to win Race2space and go to Space Camp starts here with these milestones. Please take note of them!

  • DEC 12TH, 2019

    RACE2SPACE 1st Announcement

  • DEC 17TH, 2019

    Application period starts

  • JAN 22TH, 2020

    Application deadline.

    You must submit your video no later than Jan 22 at 11:59 PM (Casablanca Time).

  • JAN 22TH - MARCH 11TH, 2020

    Pre-selection & Jury Review

    Pre-selection & Jury review of all the applications based on a defined set of criteria.

  • MARCH 12TH, 2020

    Online voting and peer-review start

    Online voting and peer-review process begin.

  • APRIL 2ND, 2020

    Online voting & peer-review end

    Online voting & peer-review evaluation end at 11:00 AM GMT+1 (Casablanca Time)

  • APRIL 4TH, 2020

    Announcing the Finalists

  • APRIL 15TH, 2020

    Announcing the Winners

  • JULY, 2020

    Travelling dates

Jury

Meet the jury members. Click on the picture to read the bio

Prof. Zineb EDFOUF

Prof. Zineb EDFOUF

Najib EL MOKHTARI

Najib EL MOKHTARI

Prof. Ismael SAADOUNE

Prof. Ismael SAADOUNE

Prof. Hassan Ait Ahsaine

Prof. Hassan Ait Ahsaine

Team

Meet the Ground Control team

El Hassan Bouaghad

Contest Director

El Hassan Bouaghad

Contest Director

Dr Lahoucine Atourki

Pre-Selection Panel

Dr Lahoucine Atourki

Pre-Selection Panel

Zakaria Bendaia

Pre-Selection Panel

Zakaria Bendaia

Pre-Selection Panel

Nabil Radouane

Pre-Selection Panel

Nabil Radouane

Pre-Selection Panel

Houssam Kharbouchi

Pre-Selection Panel

Houssam Kharbouchi

Pre-Selection Panel

Mohamed Ait Bihi

Pre-Selection Panel

Mohamed Ait Bihi

Pre-Selection Panel

Oumaima Boutbagha

Pre-Selection Panel

Oumaima Boutbagha

Pre-Selection Panel

Mehdi Bendahis

The Tech Guy

Mehdi Bendahis

The Tech Guy

Organizers

Scientific Morocco
US Embassy Rabat