NASA plans to launch the Artemis I mission to the Moon early in 2022. The “Girl Scouts to the Moon and Back” essay contest will give 15 Seniors a chance to win a cool launch-related prize—a Space Science badge that’s flown in space*! The contest runs from January 18 to March 1, 2022.
To enter, review the official contest rules and complete the free Senior Space Science Expert badge activity shown in the video above. Activity details below. After you've completed that, fill out and submit a contest entry form.
Essays will be evaluated on how well they answer the question,
originality and creativity, and overall quality. Winners will be
notified and announced in spring 2022.
*The Artemis I launch schedule is subject to change, which could affect prize availability.
Time needed: 30 minutes plus 5 minutes to prep and 5 minutes to clean up
Setup: When a massive star explodes
at the end of its life—an event called a supernova—the star’s
elements scatter into space. Over time, elements made during the
supernova, including those heavier than iron, are recycled into new
stars and planets. The naturally occurring elements found on Earth
were once at the heart of a star. Since humans are made up of the
elements, we are literally made of stardust.
Activity: Your stardust self-portrait will be created as an infographic. An infographic transforms information from a set of numbers into a compelling visual image—it makes data more interesting, appealing, and easier to understand.
The four chemical elements that make up most of the atoms in your body are hydrogen (62%), oxygen (24%), carbon (12%), and nitrogen (1.1%), with traces of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, sulfur, sodium, and chlorine that collectively make up about 0.6%, and a variety of trace elements adding up to about 0.3%. Use this data to create an infographic by drawing an outline of yourself or a different shape to represent you.
Calculate or estimate how much space each element should take up and divide your shape accordingly. Then, label and fill in each section using a different color or pattern.
Before you begin, take a look at some infographic examples to inspire you.
Share your infographic with your family and friends, explaining what it means to be made of stardust.
Troop Leaders: The instructions for all badge steps are available free of charge in your Girl Scout Volunteer Toolkit.
Girl Scout Activity Zone activities have been adapted from existing Girl Scout programming.