NASA is using the correlation between Hasbro's TRANSFORMERS property and commercialized agency "spinoffs" to help students understand how technology developed for space and aeronautics "transforms" into what is used on Earth.
More than 190 children from 31 states have submitted creative videos describing their favorite agency technology from NASA's 2009 Spinoff publication. The students also documented why their video should be selected to win the NASA OPTIMUS PRIME trophy.
The public can vote for their favorite OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award videos online at:
The top five submissions from each of two groups (third through fifth and sixth through eighth grades) will advance for final judging. The voting process is open until Feb. 6.
A panel of NASA judges will select the winners in each of the two grade categories. The winning students, associated spinoff companies and NASAinnovators will be announced in February.
In addition to the trophy, the winners will travel to Colorado Springs, Colo., for an award ceremony during the 27th National Space Symposium on April 12.
NASA intends to make this an annual competition. Students can begin thinking about next year's competition by deciding which spinoffs they like best from NASA's recently-published Spinoff 2010.