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Space Foundation Student Art Headed for the International Space Station

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (April 30, 2013) – Digital images of artwork honored by the Space Foundation International Student Art Contest will travel to space this summer and take up residence aboard the International Space Station (ISS) as part of the Japanese program called TERRAHEART, which sends student art, poetry and writings into space. This is the second time TERRAHEART has invited the Space Foundation to send student art and the first time the art will travel to the ISS aboard a Japanese rocket. A DVD of the images will be launched by HIIB this summer from JAXA Tanegashima Space Center, in the southern part of Japan.

The Space Foundation 2013 International Student Art Contest invited students in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade from around the world to submit original artwork depicting the theme If I were Going … , resulting in more than 4,700 entries representing 45 countries, including 38 U.S. states and territories – the largest response since the contest began three years ago. Thirty-six works of art were recognized and displayed at the recent 29th National Space Symposium, held April 8-11 in Colorado Springs.

The TERRAHEART project works with teachers in schools and other educational institutions in Japan to stimulate discussion about the future in the context of space. Through classroom activities and interconnected websites, the project explores:

  • What kinds of support do we need to help children develop and nurture their powers to live as good inhabitants of the Earth?
  • For each stage of their development, how can we strengthen the links between children, their inner selves, other human beings and nature – the Earth or the universe?

The connection between the Space Foundation and TERRAHEART was made by the Japan Space Forum (JSF), which coordinates an alliance of industry, government and academia for the development of Japan’s aerospace industry. Operating under policies established by the Japanese government, JSF supports research proposals and implements programs to educate and enlighten the public about the aerospace industry as well as provide for the exchange and development of human resources.

Space Foundation International Student Art Contest Winners Represent 12 Countries
The winners of the Space Foundation International Student Art Contest, whose artwork will travel to space (organized by state and school), are:

D-DIM Academy, Buena Park
Junsu Lee, Grand Prize, 6th-8th grade; 1st Place, 6th-8th grade painting & mixed media
Julie Moon, 3rd Place¸ 6th-8th grade painting & mixed media

EDU After School, San Diego
Daniel Tsivkovski, 2nd Place, Pre-K-2nd grade painting & mixed media

Elite Art Academy, Palo Alto
Kathleen Xue, Grand Prize, 9th-12th grade; 1st Place, 9th-12th grade drawing; Space Foundation Achievement Award
Meyerholz Elementary School, San Jose
Poem Shiuey, Grand Prize, Pre-K-2nd grade; 1st Place, Pre-K-2nd grade painting & mixed media

The Mirman School, Los Angeles
Bryan Montenegro, 2nd Place, 3rd-5th grade digital
St. James Episcopal School, Los Angeles
Edwin SJ Nah, 2nd Place, 6th-8th grade painting & mixed media

Air Academy High School, Colorado Springs
Raquel Arens, 1st Place, 9th-12th grade digital
The Colorado Springs School, Colorado Springs
Skylar Duncan, 1st Place, 3rd-5th grade painting & mixed media

Westlake Christian School, Palm Harbor
Katie Christopher, 2nd Place, Pre-K-2nd grade drawing

SKA Academy of Art and Design, Duluth
Jessica Deng, 3rd Place, Pre-K-2nd grade drawing
Vincent Zheng, Grand Prize, 3rd-5th grade; 1st Place, 3rd-5th grade drawing

Howard County Chinese School, Ellicott City
Katie Gao, 1st place, 6th-8th grade drawing

New Jersey
Barkalow Middle School, Freehold
Emily Eng, 2nd Place, 6th-8th grade digital
Alyssa Gazic, 1st Place, 6th-8th grade digital
Victoria Guida, 3rd Place, 6th-8th grade digital

New York
DiFinci School, Bayside
Natalie Huang, 1st Place, Pre-K-2nd grade drawing
Jericho Senior High School, Jericho
Ananya Jain, 3rd place, 9th-12th grade digital
Sydney-Paige Kay, 2nd Place, 9th-12th grade digital

Penn Trafford High School, Harrison City
Koty Thomas, 3rd Place, 9th-12th grade painting & mixed media

South Carolina
William J. Clark Middle School, Orangeburg
Ameera Watley, 2nd Place, 6th-8th grade drawing

Beware Wet Paint Progressive Art School, Markham, Ontario
Emily Xu, 3rd Place, Pre-K-2nd grade digital

Chong Hok Tong Education Center, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Shing Yong Hu, 3rd Place, 6th-8th grade drawing

Artesia Art School, Malappuram, Kerala
Bhavya Mithra, 2nd Place, 3rd-5th grade drawing
Chaturanga Art Centre, West Bengal
Payel Saha, 2nd Place, 9th-12th grade painting & mixed media
Yadavindra Public School, Mohali, Punjab
Jasmine Narang, 1st place, 9th-12th grade painting & mixed media
Mankeert Narang, 3rd Place, 3rd-5th grade painting & mixed media

KhaChiFA (Khatuistiwa Children Fun Art), Pontianak
Aisyah Nasywa Ula, 2nd Place, Pre-K-2nd grade digital
SD Immanuel School, Batu
Louisenxius Pangestu, 1st Place, Pre-K-2nd grade digital

Miyoshigaoka Elementary, Miyoshi, Aichi Prefecture
Yamazaki Dan, 3rd Place, 3rd-5th grade drawing

Sek. Men. Keb. Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Kuala Lumpur
Nuruleeman Mansor, 3rd place¸ 9th-12th grade drawing

Education and Training Center School III, Bacolod City, Negros Occidental
Deanna Diocson, G., 1st Place, 3rd-5th grade digital

Musical Aesthetic Lyceum Them A G Schnittke, Saratov Region
Anastasia Melnikova, 2nd Place, 9th-12th grade drawing

Sivali Central College, Hidellana, Ratnapura
Wimansi Disanayaka, 3rd Place, 3rd-5th grade digital

Kocaeli Bahcesehir Koleji School, Kocaeli
Nehir Çakmakci, 3rd Place, Pre-K-2nd grade painting & mixed media

Tibberton Church of England Primary School, Newport, Shropshire
Lewis Gregory, 2nd Place, 3rd-5th grade painting & mixed media

Where to See the Artwork
Winning artwork can be seen on the Space Foundation website photo gallery at and at in the If I Were Going... Space Foundation art gallery.

About the Space Foundation
The foremost advocate for all sectors of the space industry and an expert in all aspects of space, the Space Foundation is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs that bring space into the classroom and major industry events, including the National Space Symposium, all in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” The Space Foundation publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity and provides three indexes that track daily U.S. stock market performance of the space industry. Through its Space Certification™ and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, the Space Foundation recognizes space-based technologies and innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. The Space Foundation was founded in 1983 and is based in Colorado Springs, Colo. Its world headquarters features a public Visitors Center with two main areas – the El Pomar Space Gallery and the Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere®. The Space Foundation also conducts research and analysis and government affairs activities from its Washington, D.C., office and has a field office in Houston, Texas. For more information, visit Follow us on FacebookLinkedIn and Twitter, and read about the latest space news and Space Foundation activities in Space Watch. 

Pictured: Winning artwork by Kathleen Xue of Palo Alto, Calif., winner of the Grand Prize, 9th-12th grade; 1st Place, 9th-12th grade drawing; and Space Foundation Achievement Award