In partnership with the Texas Business and Education Coalition, the
state of Texas and Microsoft, NASA is pleased to invite Texas high
school students to participate in the bliink Web design competition.
Microsoft has held the bliink competition since 2008 and
included NASA in this year’s contest to help promote science,
technology, engineering and math areas with high school students.
To compete, students form a team of two to four students,
choose a team name and ask a teacher to sponsor them. The registration
deadline is Feb. 24 and the last day to submit an entry is March 25,
Student participants will design and develop a Web site using
Microsoft Expression suite of software tools which is provided free of
charge. Free learning resources are also available.
Students participating in this unique competition select from
Mission 1: Design a Web Site for NASA. Design introductory Web
pages for the Student International Space Station Mission Control
Mission 2: Communicate How the International Space Station
Benefits all People.
Winners of the 2010 competition will be announced May 3, 2010.
"NASA welcomes the opportunity to partner with Microsoft in
engaging Texas high school students to consider the technical and social
benefits and complexities of the International Space Station," says
Mark Severance, Manager, International Space Station National Laboratory
Education Projects. "The space station provides a unique venue not
only for science, technology, engineering and mathematics related
subject matter but for insight into the international human element.
Sixteen nations work together on arguably the most complex engineering
project ever undertaken. We look forward to the articulation of these
concepts within the web pages developed in this creative challenge."
NASA continues the agency’s investment in the nation’s
education programs. It supports the agency’s major education goal of
attracting and retaining students in science, technology, engineering
and mathematics disciplines that are critical to future space