Astronauts! Student Essay Contest

Colorado astronaut Jack Fischer waves while attached to the Destiny laboratory during a spacewalk. Image Credit: NASA/ESA

February 20, 2018 – The Rocky Mountain Section of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics ( is hosting a student essay contest about astronauts. Students are invited to do research and then write an essay to describe the role of astronauts and their impact on NASA, their impact on the future of the United States, and their impact on international partnerships.


  • Student must be in the 7th or 8th grade

  • Students should attend school in Montana, Wyoming or Colorado

  • Double-spaced, typewritten (size 12 font), essay, in 1,000 words or less

  • Include student name, teacher name, grade, school name in top right-hand corner of the essay

  • Include teacher/parent/student contact information (name, phone number, email and mailing address) with the essay for acknowledgement and award notification

  • Judging Criteria:

  • Originality of ideas presented

  • Soundness of logic used to develop ideas

  • Realism of ideas presented

  • Quality of composition and clarity of expression

  • Grammar and spelling

  • Use of references or quotes to avoid

  • Prizes At Each Grade Level:

  • First place $100

  • Second place $50

  • Deadline:

  • Essay MUST be submitted by March 15, 2018

  • E-mail essays and contact information to

  • The first place winning essays will be forwarded to the 2018 Space Systems Technical Committee AIAA Essay Contest for the national competition and the chance to win additional awards and recognition for the author and their classroom.

    Begin your research at, but reach for the stars!