Space Settlement Design Competition for Teenagers in France and Germany

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Are you interested in space? Looking for something to do at home?

For the first time in France and Germany, teenagers (age 15 to 18) have the opportunity to participate in the International Space Settlement Design competition. This competition is led by ISU MSS20 student Sahba El-Shawa and Prof. Bertrand Goldman with the support of the European Space Design Competition EU-SDC, Jardin des Sciences of the University of Strasbourg, and the French space agency CNES.

This competition was founded over 30 years ago, and has since established an international presence allowing teenagers from all over the world to participate in the finals at NASA KSC every summer.

Students learn to work together in an intercultural and interdisciplinary team, aiming to address an RFP (Request for Proposal) for the design of a space settlement in various scenarios set in the future. 

Typically, this competition is held over a weekend where students form large teams and work as an aerospace company to create a full settlement proposal. This year, students will be required to write a short report addressing various settlement requirements. The competition is open to all teenagers in France and Germany (ages 15-18) and students may submit their own entry or work in a team of 2. 

Students will have the option to consult with volunteers from ISU, who can provide them with guidance as they work on their reports. 

The students with the winning proposals will be selected to represent the region in the international finals, which will be held at NASA in July.

Due to COVID-19 travel restrictions, participation in the international finals this year may be virtual. However, it remains a great opportunity to learn about working on a real proposal with an international team all around the world, with the help of real engineers from the aerospace industry.

If you’re a high school student interested in participating, register now at

Registration closes on June 12th and essay submissions are due on June 28th. Detailed instructions will be sent out via email when the registration period ends.

For more information on the competition visit

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