Ariana Zhao (photo L) is a Romanian student that won the top prize at NASA’s Space Settlement competition this year, in the individual category, with her “Osiris” project. Ariana is a 10th grade student at the International School of Bucharest (ISB) and worked for several months on the project awarded by NASA, doing research on radiation protection, closed farming systems, artificial gravity etc. After thorough research, which lasted several months, Ariana Zhao wrote an essay of approximately 100 pages, in which she explained the details of a sustainable settlement with the capacity to house 15,000 people.
The “Osiris” project was sent to California and NASA specialists selected it as winner in the individual category.
“Writing about space colonisation was an extraordinary opportunity to learn about the future. Researching the manner in which the colonisation is made, I gained scientific knowledge,” Ariana wrote about her project. Of course, she was extremely happy when she found out that she won the top prize, the latter being an incentive for her to take part in other scientific competitions for students.
Ariana is not the only ISB student who won a prize at the NASA competition. The team made up of 10th grade students George Valtas, Filip Gkogkos, Andrei Lu, Nicolas Mantescu and Maria Disli won third place with the “Afrodita” project.
“It’s a performance for our school and I want to congratulate in particular both the winning students, who put important effort to obtain these special results, and professor Ali Cabas, who guided them with patience and skill in this exceptional educational initiative,” ISB Principal Sinan Kosak stated.