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Mad Science and NASA Team up to bring you OPSPARC 2018

Dec 20, 2017 12:00 AM

OPTIMUS PRIME is asking students to "Be the Spark" and help humankind by raising awareness of the benefits that NASA technologies contribute to our everyday lives by participating in the NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). The challenge hopes to inspire to kids ignite their creative thinking with the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge.

Just like OPTIMUS PRIME, the leader of the AUTOBOTS, NASA spinoffs start out as one thing, and can convert into something else. Technologies originally developed for one of NASA's many missions can be modified into something else- something that may be used in your home, school or environment.

As part of OPSPARC 2018, students will give life to NASA inspired spinoff ideas, just like the "Allspark" gives life to TRANSFORMERS robots, by creating a "Glog;"an online multimedia poster via Glogster.

There are three levels of the competition- the Elementary School Category for students grades 3-6, the Middle School Category for students grades 7-8 and the High School Category for students grades 9-12. The challenge will run from September 2017 - February 2018. The Elementary School level (grades 3-6) is being sponsored by Mad Science, the leading science enrichment provider for children ages 3-12.

Students will research spinoffs found in their homes or schools, and just like an engineer, will use an engineering design process to take an everyday object and use it in new ways that will solve a problem learning invaluable STEM inspired skills. Students will show off their work by using videos, drawings, pictures and text.

Twenty teams comprised of middle and high school students will be invited to work with college engineering student mentors to further develop their spinoff concept within a 3-D, multi-user, virtual world setting through the creation of computer-aided design (CAD) models and application of engineering and business analyses on their spinoff concepts.

“The submissions we received last year as part of OPSPARC 2017 were incredible- it is going to be hard to top in OPSPARC 2018, but I am confident that contestants are up to the challenge to ‘Be the Spark’,” said Nona Cheeks, Chief, NASA Goddard’s Strategic Partnerships Office at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland.

OPSPARC winners will come to NASA Goddard for a 2-day workshop and awards ceremony in the spring of 2018.

For more information, and to register for the contest, please visit the OPSPARC website at:

NASA and Mad Science have a long-standing collaboration through which Mad Science offers an after-school program and summer camp called the NASA Academy of Future Space Explorers.

TRANSFORMERS, AUTOBOTS and OPTIMUS PRIME are trademarks of Hasbro are used with permission (c) 2017 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved.


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Family: See the gravity of science
Entertainment/Ticket - January 31, 2008 For someone who has the job of lying on a bed of nails while a bowling ball is hurled toward her body, Sarah Argue sure has a lot of faith in science.

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Blueprint Entertainment Partners with Mad Science Group
- November 13, 2007 - BLUEPRINT ENTERTAINMENT’s animation and children’s division, BLUEPRINT KIDS announced today, the signing of an exclusive development deal with THE MAD SCIENCE GROUP, the world’s most established and recognized fun science provider, to develop a television show and related consumer products and promotions, as part of its continued strategy to establish BLUEPRINT KIDS as a leading, global brand for animation and children’s programming.

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A Blueprint for Success
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October 26, 2007 Tech Toys Take Over At Toy Wishes Holiday Preview. More than ever it seems kids need great coordination, imagination, and concentration just to play with their toys.

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ToyQuest Sparks Imagination
September 5, 2007 Los Angeles, California – September 5, 2007 – Are American kids no longer interested in Science? With declining national test scores and America’s well documented slide in rank (the US currently falls below 38 other countries in performance on science tests by some estimates), one could easily form that opinion. ToyQuest, an LA-based toy company, and the Mad Science Group believe kids love science and discovery when it’s positioned correctly.

 | 0 Comments Sep 5, 2007 12:00 AM
Bloom Report--Company Profile of the Week
On-line/ The Bloom Report - August 2007 The Mad Science story starts with two brothers, Ariel and Ron Shlien, who had fun conducting spectacular science experiments to amaze the children in their neighborhood.

 | 0 Comments Aug 8, 2007 12:00 AM
Mad Science makes good sense
Jewish Herald-Voice - April 2007 What's great is when you're working with children and you can almost litterally see the light bulb go off over their head when they get something.

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