ASU Wants to Know What Grade School Kids Would Say to Aliens (of the Space Variety)

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Arizona State University, in collaboration with the daughter of world-renowned theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking, wants to know what Valley youths would say to space aliens "when" they contact earthlings.

As part of the university's Origins Project, ASU is holding a contest for Maricopa County grade school students called the "Dear Aliens Project" with the hopes of finding someone to become the voice of humanity once the aliens arrive.

From ASU:


"We can see huge distances, and may one day find a far distant planet which doesn't just have the perfect conditions for life - but life actually already thriving on it. Perhaps one day we'll hear some alien music or eavesdrop on a conversation. And because we are a pretty noisy planet, with our radio and TV traffic leaking out into space--it just might be possible that aliens will one day pick up our signals and decide to investigate."

We've seen movies like Independence Day -- fictitious aliens never want to "investigate," they usually want to blow things up and rob our planet of its natural resources. 

ASU Professor Paul Davies is a little more optimistic than Hollywood, though, and he finds himself in the unique position of being responsible for responding to aliens, should they drop by to "investigate."

Davies is head of the SETI (Search for Extra-Terrestrial Intelligence) Post Detection Task Group, which means it's his job to respond to aliens "when" they contact earth. He says he needs some help coming up with something to say.

"Please don't blow us up" seems like a logical place to start, but Davies is asking the help of K-12 students to come up with the proper response.

"What's space weed like?" probably won't score you any points with Davies, so if you enter, keep your submissions on appropriate.

Below is a list of requirements. For more information on the contest click here.

* Submissions must be written in English and attached to the official entry form.

* Entries must not exceed the maximum word count for the entrant's age group (see below).

* A parental permission form must accompany each submission.
* Please do not include drawings or diagrams.
* Materials submitted cannot be returned.
* ASU reserves the right to reject inappropriate submissions.
* SUBMISSION DEADLINE: APRIL 1, 2011
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Usgovfail
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Poor kids these days are being brainwashed by liberal mainstream media. Way to help destroy a once strong nation. If I were a kid I would tell aliens to destroy the human race before humans can travel to other planets and suck them dry of the resources and destroy the beauty like we have done here. Rainforest, how much of it is being killed off every day? A few thousand acres every 24 hours? Anyone ever heard of the plastic beach? One particular beach on one of the Hawaiian islands that jets a jet stream flow of plastic garbage in the ocean the size of a football field. Google it. Meanwhile our government is more concerned in oil, power and money to really do any good for this planet. Humans suck and I cannot wait until they go extinct.

Usgovfail
Usgovfail

Poor kids these days are being brainwashed by liberal mainstream media. Way to help destroy a once strong nation. If I were a kid I would tell aliens to destroy the human race before humans can travel to other planets and suck them dry of the resources and destroy the beauty like we have done here. Rainforest, how much of it is being killed off every day? A few thousand acres every 24 hours? Anyone ever heard of the plastic beach? One particular beach on one of the Hawaiian islands that jets a jet stream flow of plastic garbage in the ocean the size of a football field. Google it. Meanwhile our government is more concerned in oil, power and money to really do any good for this planet. Humans suck and I cannot wait until they go extinct.

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

Obviously, you have done way too much meth.

Alehound
Alehound

its actually Satans fault. he wants to destroy earth and all humans and he uses anything thing he can to do it. mostly we are to blame but he satan is fucking us all up our tight humans asses and we do what he wants us to do. we just dont like to admit it. so we blame human politics. trust me brother or sister it goes way deeper that human politics.

Alehound
Alehound

i already said all that before you but in my more simple way of writing.

Alehound
Alehound

if i were from outer space and i think i may be, i would say take me to your leader beep beep buzz buzz. and then i would kill off all the ignorant mean violent selfish human race with my lazer gun. humans are worthless violent losers barbarians and sexual baboons. im still not sure why god created all us smelly dirty uncouth bottom feeders down here. what do we do that is so great besides over eat ,sleep,fuck,eat,shit, shower ,shave go to work, hurt,rape,beat,kill each other? and then we get up the next day and do it all over again till we die. whats does it all mean? life the big question mark ???????

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

I would imagine that any alien race could 1. Spell better, and 2. write coherent sentences.

Docbob498th
Docbob498th

If they landed here, Pearce and R. Piehole would probably deport them to Mexico.

All the kids could say is that the aliens should move on because "they aint no intelligent life here."

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