Mars Inspiration Design Contest

Final Round of Inspiration Mars Student Design Contest to Take Place at International Mars Society Convention in Houston..

I wanted to post this information in the hopes that it would inspire all of the countries involved in the “Cabo Verde Tenth Island and Occupy Mars Learning Adventures Projects.” We would love to start a project like this in the country of Cabo Verde. We invite you to read this information in the hopes that it will inspire you. Please contact me with your thoughts…… Bob Barboza,

Mars Society Message:

posted Apr 29, 2014, 5:18 PM by M Stoltz [ updated Apr 29, 2014, 9:26 PM ]
The final round of the International Inspiration Mars Student Design Contest will take place at the 17th Annual International Mars Society Convention on Saturday, August 9th (day 3 of the four day conference) at the South Shore Harbour Resort in League City, Texas (near NASA’s Johnson Space Center outside Houston).

The international student design competition was announced at last year’s Mars Society convention in Boulder, Colorado. The main contest requirement was to design a two-person Mars flyby mission for 2018 as cheaply, safely and simply as possible. All other design variables were open. Each participating student team was required to submit a 50-page design report, which provided the basis for a down select of 38 competing teams, first to 21 semi-finalists and then to ten finalists.

The remaining ten student teams, drawn from Japan, India, Russia, the Netherlands, Poland, Germany and the United States, will defend their engineering designs before a panel of six judges and a large, highly-informed public audience drawn from the space community. The contest event will be open to the press and general public and will also be broadcast live via the Internet.

Following keynote plenary addresses on Saturday morning by former NASA Administrator Dr. Mike Griffin and Orion Program Manager Mark Geyer, the final round of the contest will begin. The high-level judging panel will include Mr. Geyer, Inspiration Mars Executive Director Dennis Tito, Mars Society President Dr. Robert Zubrin and NASA Ames Center Director Brig. General Simon “Pete” Worden, as well as two other individuals yet to be chosen. The winning team will be announced at the convention banquet Saturday evening, following a keynote address by Brig. General Worden.

The first place student team will receive a prize of $10,000 and a trophy to be presented by Dennis Tito at the banquet. Prizes of $5,000, $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 will also be awarded for second through fifth place. In addition, all finalist team members will be given free admission to the full Mars Society conference, which runs from August 7-10.

Commenting on the designs submitted by the competing teams, Dr. Zubrin said, “I expected an excellent response from the world’s engineering students to this challenge, but even so, I am amazed at the extraordinary strength and quality of the work set forth by these teams. Where some people have said that a low cost two-person Mars flyby mission can’t be done in 2018, many of these student teams have shown very clearly that it can. These designs will be of enormous benefit to Inspiration Mars, NASA or anyone else who is willing to step up and take on this challenge. They also show beyond question that around the world a new generation of terrific young engineers is waiting in the wings, ready to pick up and carry forward the banner of human space exploration when the time comes for them to take their turn. I look forward to final faceoff between the student teams at the Mars Society convention with great excitement. Let the best ideas win!”

For more information about the 2014 Mars Society Convention, including registration details and sponsorship opportunities, please click here.

Meet the USC Mission Engineering Students

High school students had an opportunity to study science and engineering on the campus of USC.  Students were inspired by The Occupy Mars Learning Adventures and the Cabo Verde Tenth Island Project.  We produced some video podcasts for Kids Talk Radio Youtube and a photo essay can be found at  We will be working on more Mars project throughout the year.


Kids Talk Radio New York: Ivor and The Traveling Space Museum News

Greetings from Ivor at the New York World Science Festival


This link below will get you to Youtube video produced by CNN iReports where I am interviewed at the World Science Festival’s Family Day. It was forwarded to me by WSF .

This is the first media I’ve received from WSF. CNN reporter and camerawoman, Alex Rosemann anxiously climbed inside our Orion Flight Simulator and shot video from her POV so it shows what it’s like to pilot our shuttle-like flight simulator. She was curious as to why there was a cue line of children two blocks long and why they were willing to wait for more than an hour for an opportunity to climb inside for some serious and creative playtime. The Orion demonstrates the principles of pitch and roll and was easily one of the more popular attractions at the Festival.

It was a beautiful day on Sunday, June 1st at and tens of thousands turn out on Family Day – the last day of a week long festival of science exhibits produced by the World Science Festival Foundation which took over historic Washington Square Park and surrounding streets. Thousands experience Traveling Space Museum’s Orion Flight Simulator, Odyssey SpaceLab, Lunar Roving Vehicle, Space Shuttle Space Toilet, The James Bond Micro-Jet, the BD-5J and a half dozen other wonderful interactive attractions for kids to explore and learn about. Many of our exhibits were displayed next to and on NASA exhibits which included a massive “moonscape” carpet. Our Lunar Rover never looked so good!

It was especially satisfying for me to be there as the idea of demonstrating Traveling Space Museum’s attractions was conceived at the New York City World’s Fair when I was 13.
Washington Square Park is also where I spent my teen years as a folk singer/songwriter and political activist so this was a wonderful homecoming and one of the happiest days of my life! Luckily, we put on one of the best shows ever. It must’ve been that New York State of mind. 

This is Ivor Dawsan reporting from New York.

Special STEM, STEAM and STEAM++ Comments:   Ivor Dawson and Bob Barboza are  working to get more kids exposed to the wonders of space exploration.  The Traveling Space Museum and The Occupy Mars Learning Adventures are getting ready to visit more cities, schools and public libraries around the USA.  For more photos and information visit:


Kids Talk Radio Antarctica Podcasts with Doug Stoup

Bob Barboza and Doug Stoup have been working together for over seven years.  In 2014, they will podcast from Antarctica to the USA,  This is all part of the Occupy Mars Learning Adventures.   Keep are learning about colonizing Mars here on earth.  This is a new STEM, STEAM, and STEAM ++ project from Super School K-12 International University.  You can listen to our new and previous podcasts at and you can view our photo essays at   We welcome your comments.


Super School K12 International University News


Super School K12 International University News

Bob Barboza and the Kids Talk Radio Science News Team is in Los Angeles covering the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair. Our goal is to recruit as many top science and engineering students to work collaboratively on the Cabo Verde Tenth Island and the Occupy Mars Learning Adventures Projects.

Humanoid Robot Research and other Robotic Events in Spain

Student and the USA and Spain are Collaborating on the new Kids Talk Radio School of the Future Project.  This post will help you to understand what is going on in Spain with robotics.


In the center of Terrassa REEM was entertaining clients and promoting the products you could find in Casa Rex

21th Dec


Revista Rusa en España beneficial act

Russian and spanish attendees of the event enjoyed a great time with REEM and raised money for the Fundación Española de la tartamudez

30th Nov – 1st Dec


REEM@CosmoCaixa Barcelona

On the occasion of the European Robotics Week, REEM will be the guiding star in one of the best outreach centers of Europe

28th Nov


Evo lounge opening event in Hesperia Tower Hotel

REEM was attending the guests of the event that was held in the new exclusive EVO lounge

6th-8th Nov

Vilnius, Lithuania

ICT Conference 2013

More than 4000 researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, industry representatives, young people and politicians are expected in Vilnius. The event will focus on Horizon 2020 – the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for 2014-2020.

15th Nov – 16th Nov