A visit to the NASA Center, in English known as NASA Headquarters, in Washington D.C, is the first prize of the group winning the national contest FCT NOVA Challenge 2020, promoted by the Faculty of Sciences and Technologies of the New University of Lisbon (FCT NOVA). The competition seeks the next Portuguese scientists and, for the first time, registration is also open to students from professional schools.
The FCT NOVA Challenge consists of a competition between teams of three to five students, guided by a maximum of two teachers, who must grant or build a project that translates into a practical resolution of a concrete science or engineering problem, which can pass through a methodology innovative. “Ideally, the experiences employed by students in the FCT NOVA Challenge should contribute to the advancement of science”, explains the Faculty in a statement.
In its 5th edition, the contest presents this year several news. In addition to students in the 12th year of scientific-humanistic sciences and technologies and scientific-humanistic courses in socio-economic sciences, students from vocational schools can also apply for the prize.
Also for the first time, all students will be able to see their projects or works displayed and awarded in the public presentation of the projects, which precedes the awards presentation session, scheduled for June 5.
The winning group will have the opportunity to travel to the United States of America to visit the NASA Center in Washington DC, without any travel and accommodation costs, with the trip planned to take place in the second half of July, in a date to be agreed with the winning group. For the 2nd and 3rd places, the contest offers a monetary prize of 2,000 and 1,000 euros, respectively.