Join the ranks of these inventive Imagine Cup Earth first-round winners

A few months ago, we announced a rare and fun opportunity for students to learn to code with NASA science. We invited students to use our free online developer tools and create a game, simulation or story inspired by the kinds of earth science that NASA and other researchers do every day.

The first round of the Imagine Cup Earth coding competition is complete, and we’re excited to share the winning projects with you. From visualizing an algae threat in the largest bay of water in the world to playing a game to teach users about the dangers of over-fishing tuna – these projects represent the world-changing combo of technology and science.

Check out the amazing Imagine Cup Earth winning projects in both the beginning and intermediate categories. After you do, we hope you’ll be inspired to join us for round two!

Beginning Level Winners: Meet George, Osamah and Crystal

George Rapeanu, Project Eco Development

First Place Winner - $3,000

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George Rapeanu, a 12-year old from Romania, used Kodu to build “Project Eco Development.” Addressing the many ways poverty holds back advancement, George built a city simulation that visually teaches that prosperity and growth are linked. In the game, a user builds homes and factories to increase the wealth of the city. The wealthier the city becomes, the more the city lights up. The judges loved the combination of his innovative gameplay with complex scenarios. Check it out at “Project Eco Development.”


Osamah Mandawi, “Tunation”

Second Place Winner - $2,000

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Osamah Mandawi (United States) created the Project Spark game “Tunation.” “Tunation” is a fishing simulation game that aims to educate the players about the dangers of fishing for tuna when those fish are too young. It even has a leaderboard that submits the scores to the Project Spark community. Our judges liked the combination of entertainment with education, as well as the innovative gameplay and good-looking graphics. See “Tunation” in action.


Crystal McFarlane, “Shadowing Tuna Boats”

Third Place Winner - $1,000

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Our third place winner is Crystal McFarlane (United States). She created “Shadowing Tuna Boats” using Kodu. In a simple and easy-to-play game, users must catch 10 mature fish to win. Judges liked the graphics, game play and the well thought out winning and losing scenarios. Check out “Shadowing Tuna Boats.”

Intermediate level winners: Say Hello to Yeferson, Ollie and Yitao

Yeferson Licet, “Inside NASA”

First Place Winner - $3,000

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Yeferson Licet (Venezuela) wrote an interactive game titled “Inside NASA.” Users become NASA agents preparing to battle a dangerous amount of growing algae. The game uses real NASA data and Bing maps. The judges thought the project delivered a fantastic introduction that puts context around a serious problem. See how Yeferson used Azure and check out “Inside NASA.”


Ollie Perree, Exploring Algae in the Bay of Bengal

Second Place Winner - $2,000

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Ollie Perree (United Kingdom) created a web app to visualize algae in a project called Exploring Algae in the Bay of Bengal. This app allows users to view and analyze algae data, highlight areas of interest and share their discoveries with others. Our judges liked how Ollie used HTML, CSS, JavaScript and PHP to take the NASA earth data on algae levels and visualize it over time using Azure. Learn something new about our world by Exploring Algae in the Bay of Bengal.


Yitao Jiang, Data Analysis and Forecast

Third Place Winner - $1,000

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Yitao Jiang (China) made an Azure web application called Data Analysis and Forecast to visualize and forecast algae in the Bay of Bengal using NASA data. Yitao turned the data into dynamic visualizations that attempt to forecast the future of the algae growth in the Bay.

All of these great projects show us that the tools for developing a better planet are at your fingertips – the inspirational NASA material plus the technology and instruction you need to succeed. But the key ingredient to really improving the planet is you! Share your imagination with the world and bring something groundbreaking to life.

We are accepting submissions for the second round of Imagine Cup Earth until March 31. Click on the contest page and enter now! We eagerly await your bold ideas.


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Comments (1)
  1. These are really awesome! I got a score of 1,363,960 in Inside NASA! \m/

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