The Space Settlement Design Competition (SSDC) is an industry simulation activity in which students learn about the characteristics and activities of real careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by participating in a typical high intensity industrial assignment of great importance to the company, and requiring participation as a member of a large group of colleagues. The SSDC is a very realistic introduction to the realities of a typical technical career.
The students learn the details of space science, engineering, math, technology, systems engineering, integration, safety and reliability principles, teamwork, communications techniques, presentation preparation, scheduling, cost estimating, and time management, among other disciplines. The competition accurately emulates a real engineering company's high intensity activity with an overwhelming amount of work to be accomplished in a very short period of time, without sufficient information in many cases, while working with a group of colleagues who are strangers of unknown capabilities. This educational format is unlike any other educational activity.
The SSDC is sponsored by the NASA Johnson Space Center, San Jacinto College Aerospace Academy, associated aerospace companies, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the NASA Alumni League.
Dates: March 28-30, 2014
Location: Gilruth Center, NASA Johnson Space Center (Houston, Texas)
Cost to Attend: $175
Participant check-in will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Gilruth Center at the JSC on Friday evening. The SSDC program activities will begin at 7:00 p.m. on Friday evening.
Participants will be issued badges that will need to be worn duing the duration of the program. Saturday activities will be held at the Space Vehicle Mockup Facility (Building 9).
The Gilruth Center is open to the public and no badge or security document is required for entrance. The entrance to the Gilruth Center is on the south side of Space Center Boulevard, between Bay Area Boulevard and NASA Parkway. There is a large stone sign post identifying the entrance to the Gilruth Center.
The SSDC will conclude by 5:30 p.m. on Sunday evening at the Gilruth Center, and all participants should plan to depart at that time.