Any student in grades K-5 is eligible to submit an original work of art.
Students attending public, private, parochial, and home schools may participate.
International students are welcome to participate.
Schools, organizations and community groups are eligible to participate.
- A contest entry should consist of an original artwork of a hypothetical alien organism.
- A breif written description of how the organism’s features have adapted to the exoplanet’s environment should be written on (or tapped to) the back of the artwork.
- Students name and teacher must be clearly printed on the back.
- Students must be currently enrolled in grades K-5.
- Only 1 entry per student is allowed.
- All artworks must be two-dimensional and scannable, with dimensions no larger than 8.5” x 11”.
- You may use any materials that will remain flat on the page.
- Computer-generated images are also acceptable, but all artworks must be entirely original creations, not derived from any other works.
- The submission deadline has been extended and should must be submitted by Friday March 10, 2017.
- Mail entiries to
iLocater Outreach Program
attn: Professor Justin Crepp
225 Nieuwland Science Hall
Notre Dame, IN 46556
- OR email scanned copies or photos of the art to
- Teachers or parents must submit the original artworks with a completed entry form.
- You are encouraged to submit the entire class’s artworks in a single large envelope.
- Entries will be divided and judged in separate age groups.
- A panel of educators and scientists will evaluate the entries based on a combination of their creative merit and scientific accuracy.
The top three entries in each age group will receive a prize for both the winning student and teacher.
- 1st Place: $250 Teacher classroom Cash Card, Beginner telescope for winning student
- 2nd Place: $150 Teacher classrom Cash Card, Student Space Swag Bag
- 3rd Place: $100 Teacher classroom Cash Card, Student Space Swag Bag
All teachers who submit entries for an entire classroom will automatically be entered in a drawing to win a variety of different prizes for their school.
Drawing prizes include:
- a collection of space books for school library
- a classroom set of space books
- skype session with the iLocater scientist
- skype session from the LBT telescope in Arizona
- classroom set of space pencils, erasers and stickers