We had a very large response to the International Space Apps Challenge this year by people who were participating virtually. Over 2,200 people from all corners of the world participated online to tackle the 58 challenges. 170 solutions were submitted and today we are announcing the top 4 virtual winners! These teams will progress to the global judging round and will also receive two K’NEX Building Sets which were provided by the organizers of the Philadelphia Main Stage location.

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And the winners are…

  • Inbound –  A minimalist and modern display mount that shows the frequency with which Earth is bombarded by coronal mass ejections emanating from the Sun.
  • Mars Watchtower – An interactive web-app that allows users to explore the recent and past weather of Mars.
  • NEO Database – A visualization of nearly 600,000 cataloged asteroids and analysis of their economic prospects.
  • Way Station – An app to help connect astronauts on the International Space Station with everyday people.

We would also like to highlight five other solutions that received “honorable mentions:”

  • REPROV Wheel – An original conceptual 3D design of a self-replicating exploration rover, with details plans of its wheel, suitable for printing.
  • Clucker! – A web-based application that provides backyard flock management.
  • Telescope Schedules – An exploration of space telescopes and when they are looking at what.
  • Mars 24/7 – A mission design for a constellation of cubesats that will provide 24/7 images of the surface of Mars.
  • Springside Chestnut Hill Academy (Philadelphia) 1S Red Giant Concert – First graders listened to Red Giant Concert, chose instruments, planned their entrances, and created their own Red Giant Concert.

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We look forward to reviewing all solutions nominated for global judging. As a reminder to all those who were nominated, here’s what you need to do to compete at the global level:

By May 1:

  1. Prepare a 500 character description of your project and add it to your project page.
  2. Prepare a 2:00 minute video giving an overview of your project. (including demo if possible) and add it to your project page.
  3. Be sure that your project page is as complete as possible with resources, all team members, all code.

Congratulations to everyone!

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