The Scientific Morocco Association (“جمعية المغرب العلمي”) in partnership with U.S. Embassy in Rabat announced today the launch of the sixth annual “Race to Space” contest, a national student science and mathematics competition designed to inspire creative thinking about fundamental concepts in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).
Students ages 15 to 18 from Moroccan high schools are invited to create original videos (up to three minutes in length) that illustrate a concept or theory in the life sciences, physics or mathematics. The applications will be pre- selected by a team from Scientific Morocco Association before being judged by an honorable jury composed of scientists and science communicators. The submissions will be judged on the students’ ability to communicate complex scientific topics in the most engaging, illuminating and imaginative ways. Unlike the previous editions, this year’s competition requires a mandatory experiment, demonstration or a simulation within the video application.
Details about the selection process can be found here: www.race2space.ma
Reflecting the rigors of the actual academic research, the Race2space contest incorporates an aspect of peer review; each applicant must rate the applications of 5 others.
12 winners will be recognized and awarded full-paid scholarships to attend the highly sought after Space Camp in Huntsville, Alabama. The 12 winners will also travel to Washington D.C. on an immersion tour, which will include visits to many scientific, cultural and educational sites.
“When we talk about major points in human evolution, we often talk about the invention of writing. But, when we went from an oral to a writing tradition something was lost. We started loosing that intonation. We lost the passion in people's voice. What's exciting about videos today is the combination of that permanence and that persistence that we have with writing but we also capture the beauty of the oral tradition. '' said El Hassan Bouaghad “Exposure to a topic for the first time allows innovative insights and youth have the ability to communicate with their peers in a way that others can't. The idea behind our contest is to award students who can explain things in a creative and unique way, ways that can open up all of our minds”. - El Hassan Bouaghad, V.President of Scientific Morocco and director of the program.
As in previous years, the 2020 Race2space winners will give a talk in front of a large public in Morocco during the honoring ceremony. The “2019 race2space honoring” ceremony featured 2 special guests: Dr. Deborah Barnhart, CEO of the U.S. Space & Rocket Center home of Space Camp and Dr. Danielle Nuding, Planetary Scientist and System Engineer for NASA's "Mars 2020" Mission. The winners of Race2space also engage in public events to promote scientific thinking and share their experience across Morocco.
Since its launch, the Race2space website has reached more than 4 Million visitors, and the 2019 installment of the national competition attracted more than 650 applicants. The contest is designed to inspire creative thinking about fundamental concepts in the life sciences, physics, and mathematics.
The Race2space contest is a national competition to develop and demonstrate young people’s knowledge of science and scientific principles; generate excitement in these fields; support STEM career choices; and engage the imagination and interest of the public-at-large in key concepts of fundamental science.
Scientific Morocco is a Moroccan initiative is a Moroccan NGO that was founded in 2012 and it’s run by a team of volunteers covering different areas of expertise. It’s aiming to make the basic scientific knowledge more accessible to the general public in Morocco. Our initiative ensures through this program among others that STEM aptitude is not lost due to lack of opportunity.
For more information, including competition rules, go to: www.race2space.ma.
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