May 10, 2021

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Congratulations, Ana P. '23, on First Place in the Space Settlement Design Competition Best of luck at the International program this summer at the Kennedy Space Station! Read more about this program, in Ana's own words, below. 
How to Construct a Space Settlement
written by Ana Paiva '23
I never would have thought that one of the most exciting parts of my spring break would be participating in a program my teacher told me about. 

Don’t get me wrong, as a kid my aspirations have always gravitated towards science and space. However, joining a competition like this was something I had never done before, and I certainly didn’t know what to expect. Dr. Helme first brought up this competition in my AP Biology class. I was extremely interested in the idea that I could participate in something that would give me insight into how concepts of aerospace engineering would be applied. I received a lot of support and encouragement from him, which eventually led me to join.

The program, Space Settlement Design Competitions (SSDC), was a weekend event. We received an introduction on Friday, the proposal (Every SSDC event describes requirements for designing a future space settlement or habitat to a very specific set of requirements defined by a Request for Proposal (RFP)) on Saturday, and we gave our presentations on Sunday. 

The main goal of the Competition was to create a space settlement, or a place where people could live, in regards to requirements given by the CEOs in the proposal. Similar to real-life scenarios, we competed with the other group/company to create the best settlement with all requirements accounted for (as well as any other extra details). We used a platform called “Discord” to communicate with each other, with a main channel of all groups and one for our specific company, since this was a virtual event. Each group had about 40 kids in it, with some having a majority from their own school. 

Going into the weekend, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I was constantly advised that, after the proposal was given, there would be hardly any time to spare. I was doubtful and unsure, until we were handed a 4-page proposal, which included things such as dimensions, needed infrastructure, capacity, gravity, etc. As soon as the information was given out, we all started working at 8 am on Saturday. To maximize our progress, the day before we had all been sorted out into sections, electing directors for each one. We had structural, human, and automation in terms of engineering sections. We also had a marketing department, which would help create visuals and essentially “sell” our project as being the best to the judges. I participated in the automation section. Our goal was to take care of any coding or robots needed on the ship for construction, aid, and more. Although it is hard to believe, our nonstop work extended for the next 22 hours. Personally, taking only a couple of hours to eat (with the rest of my time used to multitask), I worked for about 18 hours which was approximately until 5:30 the next morning. I won’t deny that I was tired, but with the friendships I made along the way, we all laughed together...all the way to the deadline.

Before any of you reading this get discouraged with the long hours, I want to make one thing clear: Doing this program, or any as a matter of fact, only shows that when you do something you love, work and time feel like nothing. While I love space and science, something unique to me, each one you reading this has a gift and interest unique to you. Each one of you has something special, something interesting, and most importantly a gift that you can offer to it. Some may not know what it is yet, but when you find out, time and work regarding it will feel fulfilling and great. 

In the end, my work with my team paid off, and although I didn’t know of this when I first signed up, our winning prize was bigger than I expected: We are participating in Internationals in the summer at Kennedy Space Center! I was chosen as only 1 of 12 students eligible to go from the whole program, and I am extremely grateful for the support I have received from Dr. Helmle and Ms.Wild. Without his recommendation, this would not have been possible. If I have one thing to share with any other Chaminade-Madonna student, it is to participate and take advantage of programs your teachers give you. You will never leave without insight, learning and most importantly new friendships. 

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