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Scientist for a Day - 12th Edition

2013 Edition of the Contest Now Over

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  The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by Cassini and are tasked to choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This choice must then be supported in a 500-word essay. The contest meets U.S. National English and Science Education Standards.

UPDATE: March 6, 2014: The targets for the Spring 2014 edition have been selected. We will add two videos soon to help future scientists get a first hand view of the scientific process.

2013 Edition Recap:

• Winners of the last edition of the U.S. contest.

• Winners from participating countries.

• Winners from the European Space Agency international contest.

• For a list of participating countries, please visit our international page .
Cassini scientists answer students questions
On Dec. 5, 2013, a panel of Cassini scientists answered students' questions in a live Ustream webcast. Ota Lutz, JPL Education specialist, moderated the panel with Marcia Burton, fields and particles scientist, and Amanda Hendrix, icy moon scientist, and Linda Spilker, Cassini project scientist.

Student Scientists Have Their Day

Students from schools throughout the U.S. peppered a panel of top Cassini scientists with questions on Saturn and its rings and moons. Leading the panel, on Dec. 7, 2010, was Amanda Hendrix, Cassini deputy scientist. She was assisted by Kevin Baines, a JPL Principal Scientist with extensive experience in planetary exploration, and Rosaly Lopes, a world-famous planetary geologist and volcanologist.

The event has been recorded, and is available on Ustream.
From left, Ota Lutz, Amanda Hendrix, Kevin Baines and Rosaly Lopes
Ota Lutz facilitates discussion with Amanda Hendrix, Kevin Baines and Rosaly Lopes as they field questions from students around the world.

+ Watch the Webcast (1 hour)

The 2009 edition of the Ustream event is also available on Ustream.

+ Watch the 2009 Webcast (63 minutes)

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