This years theme is "Life in Trappist-1"


             1st 45


2016 1st Place winner - Ethan from St. John Paul II Catholic Academy



Through this engaging contest, students in grades K-5 will explore the exciting science of astrobiology as they create original artworks to illustrate how alien lifeforms may have adapted to the unusual environments in which they live. By participating in this contest, students will learn about evolution and adaptation, the discovery of planets around other stars, and the diversity of life both on our planet and beyond.  Imagine the possibilities, have fun, and win prizes. 

For more information, please visit our website 

or type https://livingworldsspacea.wixsite.com/art-contest into your browser.

The submission deadline is April 27, 2018.

  Entries can be mailed to

 iLocater Outreach Program

attn: Professor Justin Crepp

225 Nieuwland Science Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556


Emailed to


Winners will be determined by a panel of judges and announced by May 4, 2018 on this website and contacted by email.


Thanks to contributions from Notre Dame alumni and supporters, the iLocater research group is sponsoring a cross-curicular educational contest to engage grade school students in science and the search for life elsewhere in the universe.


Contact:  Amy Slozat - iLocater outreach



The Department of Physics at Notre Dame engages in many other educational outreach activities. Explore them here