ARISS Essay Contest

Essay contest winners will speak to orbiting astronauts in space during the week of November 6th!


Write a 250-word essay with the following topic: "If you had a chance to ask an astronaut any question, what would it be and why?"  Submit the essay by October 13th to your school administrators who will then choose a winning essay from your school.  From there, winning school essays will be submitted to a panel of judges at the South Florida Science Center. A lucky group of 15 students will be chosen to speak to astronauts in space. The essay contest is open to all Palm Beach County public, private and home schoolers in grades 3 - 12. 

For questions please contact Carla Duhaney at 561-370-7710 or



The essay should be 250 words or less, single spaced, printed in 12 point Times New Roman font, and include a cover page (see below) with name, school, teacher's name, teacher's email, teacher's phone number, parent's phone number and parent's email.  Essays will be judged on focus, organization, and support. Each participating school should send one winning essay to the South Florida Science Center at or drop them off by Friday, October 13th.  Essay winners have the chance to be featured in local television broadcasts and newspaper articles and will be invited to a private event at the South Florida Science Center prior to the Mission Control event!

Click here for the cover sheet to be included with all essay entries.