The theme of this year's contest is "Life on Mars."

In the 1900s, Burbank was home to many aviation companies, such as Lockheed, that were operating at the cutting edge of technology at the time. Since aviation expanded to outer space in the 1960s, space exploration has progressed from unmanned space crafts to potential settlement of planets by astronauts. The concept of this year’s contest is space design, as in outer space. An organization called Mars One is planning the first human settlement on Mars. The departure of the first crew of four explorers is expected to take place in 2024. Mars One’s website says,  

It is Mars One's goal to establish a human settlement on Mars. Human settlement of Mars is the next giant leap for humankind. Exploring the solar system as a united humanity will bring us all closer together. Mars is the stepping stone of the human race on its voyage into the universe. Human settlement on Mars will aid our understanding of the origins of the solar system, the origins of life and our place in the universe. As with the Apollo Moon landings, a human mission to Mars will inspire generations to believe that all things are possible, anything can be achieved. - See more at:


As a space designer, what would you design to meet the specific needs of Mars colony inhabitants?

Below are the links to the contest poster, program and registration form. The final projects are due April 1.





Winning Entries

First Place - $1,500

Clara Bishop and Hailey Heath
Burbank High
Ms. Briana Rivera

Second Place - $1,000


“There’s No Place Like Dome”
Madeleine Britt
Burbank High
Ms. Briana Rivera

“Supernova Luxury Living Compound”
Kristen Broderick and Jasmine Cooper
Burbank High
Ms. Briana Rivera


 Third - $500

 “A Settlement on Mars”
David Markov
Burroughs High
Ms. Alexandra Carlton


 Honorable Mention

 House Design
Louise Lee
Burbank High
Ms. Briana Rivera


“Project Red Wind”
Adam Lueneburg and Nicolas Warren
Burbank High
Ms. Briana Rivera


Research and Quality of Drawings
Mohammad Kobaissi and Emanuel Yazichyan
Burbank High
Mr. James Bentley


For questions, please contact Carol-Ann Coates in Building Division at 818-238-5226 or

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