• 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.

Art Medium

  • 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.

Submitting Entries

  • The submission deadline has been extended and should must be submitted by Friday April 27, 2018.
  • 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.
    • K-1
    • 2-3
    • 4-5
  • 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

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