Terry Fox student wins the Canada Space Settlement Design Competition


Terry Fox student wins the Canadian Space Settlements design competition and will test her courage in an international competition this summer, possibly at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida or virtually, depending on COVID-19 travel restrictions

Don’t be surprised if NASA plans to build a settlement on the moon if a Port Coquitlam student becomes one of its first residents.

Parmida Miri, a Terry Fox high school student, is hoping to walk on the moon one day and there is a good chance she could bring her skills and abilities into (STEM) science, technology, engineering, and maths.

Miri recently learned that she was among the Canadian finalists in the National Space Society competition to participate in the international finals taking place July 30th through August 2nd at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

COVID-19 travel restrictions aside, Miri may be able to attend the conference in person to meet with other like-minded students interested in developing systems for living in space.

“I want to go to NASA,” said Miri, “they have to reserve a place for us.”

But even if she has to participate virtually – as in the national competition – Miri is thrilled to use her creativity and skills to work on space-related projects.


The youngest immigrant from Iran is only 16 years old, but, according to her teacher Edward Csuka, has already completed a physics class in the 12th grade with 99% and is studying astrophysics and quantum mechanics.

Miri says she loves the idea of ​​space and hopes one day she will be able to work on a space-related project.

She hopes to study astrophysics and artificial intelligence in the future, with the goal of studying at MIT.

Space is the final frontier for the teenage girl who has already moved thousands of miles from her home country, where she first thought about space and how the earth fits into the bigger picture.

“It was like looking up at the sky for the first time [I thought] the world is really wide and all the stars are shining, i’m really curious about everything. “


With her interests and skills, Miri was a natural choice to enter the National Space Society’s Settlement Design Contest. On weekends, Miri worked as a team to design robots for building a settlement and a network for technology systems.

“It was really like building the entire space settlement and being like real engineers and working with a lot of people in different fields and different groups.”

She said the settlement her team designed had elements of the future, like hologram clocks and fun games, including zero gravity frisbee.

Now, with the NASA competition on her radar, Miri looks forward to more competition and meeting others with similar interests. But when the competition is online, they don’t worry too much.

“It would be really great if I could, but if not I wouldn’t be disappointed, there are many opportunities in the future.”


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