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  • 2024 HS spUN Debates Program

    2024 High School (H.S.) spUN Debate Program

    6/09/2024   UPDATED    

    Author:  Frances Dellutri,  NSS Dir. of Education, spUN Debate Program Manager

                   Mara Nikolau, and Apoorva Bangalore Raviprasad,NSS High School spUN Debate Program Managers

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    The links to the 2024 HS spUN Tournament are here:     .




    High School Description:


    The NSS Space Policy and Universalization (spUN) Debates offer international students an opportunity to form a global team to debate space policy with an eye on Universalization – finding solutions through world-wide collaboration and cooperation for the space industry and here on Earth.


    For 2024, the High School students debated the resolution:


    "Space development would best be performed by autonomous AI and robotic systems."


    spUN HS Debates 2024 Video Links


    May 11, 2024 7:45 am CDT Slim v Danuri - SLIM V Danuri

    May 11, 2024 7:45 am CDT  SOHO v New Horizons -  

    May 11, 2024, 9:45 am CDT   CAPTSTONE v SOHO - 

    May 11, 2024 9:45 am CDT  Juno v Aditya - Juno V Aditya

    May 11, 2024 9:45 am CDT  Psyche v Pioneer - 

    May 11, 2024 9:45 am CDT  Voyager v SLIM - Voyager V SLIM
    May 12, 2024 7:45 am CDT Danuri v Aditya Danuri v Aditya
    May 12,2024  7:45 am  CDT New Horizons V Voyager New Horizons v Voyager
    May 12, 2024 7:45 am CDT  Psyche v CAPSTONE  Psyche v CAPSTONE
    May 12, 2024 9:45 am CDT  Pioneer v New Horizons Pioneer v New Horizons
    May 12, 2024 9:45 am CDT  SLIM v Juno SLIM v Juno
    May 12, 2024 9:45 am CDT  SOHO v Psyche SOHO v Psyche
    May 18 2024 7:45 am CDT  Aditya v SOHO Aditya v SOHO
    May 18, 2024 9:45 am  CAPSTONE v SLIM CAPSTONE v SLIM


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    Summary:  

                Female Peruvian Debater Speaking during the final debate of the space policy and UNiversalisation 2023 High School debate The 2024 space policy and universalization (spUN) Debates will mark the seventh year of these international debates.  
    The High School Program is 100% virtual and teams of 4 debaters (ages 14 -18) come together from different parts of the world who learn to work together and appreciate different perspectives,  cultures, and languages to learn the art of debating important space policy issues and have tons of fun on an international level!  
     

     





    Date of the Final  2024 VIRTUAL spUN Debates -  Saturday,  May 25, 2024 and Sunday, May 26, 2024!


    Here's a 3-min video that gives you a quick overview and lets you know of the importance of this program:




    This site will let you know pertinent information for spUN Debate 2024 Application and the events for the 2024 spUN Debate season.  This is a virtual international event and invites the participation of a diverse group of students ages 14 -18 from all countries.  


    Never debated before?  Our program helps you get started so that when you are assigned to a team, you know the fundamentals of debating and are ready to learn and develop skills in research, critical thinking, organization, persuasion and communication. You will have an opportunity to experience cultural perspectives that impact how we develop working relationships here on Earth and consider paving the way for successful harmonious space settlements.

    Here's some information about the spUN Debate benefits from some of our veteran debaters - In Their Own Words...

     


  • Information on Where to View 2023 Debate Recordings

    You can find the recordings of the individual preliminary debates in attached file below.

    For the Final Debates, both High School and University Levels, please go to NSS Facebook or NSS YouTube


    NSS 2023 spUN  High School and University Preliminary Debate  Tournament Video Links can be found in the attached file.

     (also found on spacedge.nss.org YouTube)

              What are the benefits of the spUN Debate Program?

                                                                                                     Here is is in their own words....           

    NSS 2023 spUN Debate Phoebe v Triton May 13 2023 10AM HS, team snapshot  


  • Information on the Universalization Concept

    The spUN Debates began in 2017 at the National Space Society's International Space Development Conference in St. Louis, MO, USA.  Dr. LJ Edmonds gave a presentation to international students on the topic of universalization, a concept for cooperation and living that will greatly impact space development.  Several students and a teacher engaged in an animated discussion of the impacts universalization could have on space settlement but also on how we successfully and harmoniously move forward in Earthly policies and interactions!

    Here are some videos that resulted from the subsequent spUN Debate Tournaments (pre-COVID-19) in 2018 and 2019. The first video is an overview of the 2018 debates...

    Please take a moment to see the impact the study of the universalization concept made on the student debaters.  


    ...and the second video talks about the practicalities of space living and governing and, how to buy chocolate in space! 


    The next video is from a podcast in which Dr. Lorna Jean Edmonds was interviewed by Starcast about the universalization concept.  This concept is very important in our debates, both to see the concept in the debate arguments and also as a guide in the conduct of everyone in the NSS spUNPicture of co-founder of spUN Debates - Dr. Lorna Jean Edmonds Debate Organization.


    We hope these resources will give you great food for thought!


  • Resolution and Information

     Updated 3/09/24

    2024 HS spUN Resolution:

    Space development would best be performed by autonomous AI and robotic systems.


    The NSS spUN HS Mentor Forum with Jim Plaxco, Mar 9, 2024, was extremely well attended. The video from the Mentor forum is found here. 
    The notes from Mr. Plaxco's presentation are attached below.
                                                                                                                                                                   
    A brief biography of Mr. Plaxco:

    Jim Plaxco is President of the Chicago Society for Space Studies, serves as the Economics SME  (Subject Matter Expert) for the National Space Society's Space Ambassadors program, and is a NASA JPL Solar System Ambassador. He will be talking to both sides of the 2024 HS resolution with relevant references on argument framing. He often weighs cost, risk and benefit in space projects and will added his expertise to our resolution:

    Space development would best be performed by autonomous AI and robotic systems.

    Mr. Plaxco has previously served as the National Space Society’s Director of Information Systems, as a NSS Vice President, and was twice elected to the NSS Board of Directors. Other relevant non-profit experience includes serving as President of the Northern Illinois Space Advocacy, Vice President of the Planetary Studies Foundation,  as Manager of the Enterprise in Space Orbiter Design Contest, and as a judge in a variety of space art contests sponsored by NASA, IAA, and NSS.

    In addition to his space and economics activities, Mr. Plaxco is a digital artist, creative coder, software engineer, public speaker, and writer.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
     
    An excellent source of space-related topics can be found at National Space Society


    Consideration of important words found in the resolution are:


    • Space – Normally this is defined as everything beyond 100 km of the earth’s surface. It might be convenient to choose to define space as near-earth orbit and beyond.
    • Development – It might be defined as any expansion or growth into space which could potentially include exploration. Space development might be limited to industrial applications on asteroids, the moon, or even Earth's orbit

    • Autonomous –It refers to the ability to operate independently. A nation can be autonomous but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have to answer to the greater world. The same could be said in its use here. An AI might be autonomous but that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t still need to answer to someone.
    • AI  Artificial intelligence can cover a wide area and hinges on the word intelligence. Is a sophisticated computer algorithm intelligent? Is BARD or ChatGPT intelligent?

    • Robotic Systems – Whatever the mechanical form that the AI system will operate within.


    • Universalization -- the next phase of human development, marking the transition from nation-states to a single world view of humanity where all individuals are treated fairly without regard to nation of origin, race, sexual orientation, and physical or mental ability.


    Please see attached videos for more information on the concept of Universalization. A reference and connection to universalization in the debate arguments and in the team activities will be part of the debate assessment during the tournament.


    • This document is an editable copy of the notes presented by Mentor Jim Plaxco at the 2024 NSS H.S. spUN Debate Program Mentor Forum. Mr. Jim Plaxco presented his thoughts on preparation for the 2024 HS spUN Debate Program Resolution.

  • 2024 HS spUN Debate Format

    This image portrays the 2024 High School spUN Debate Format


    The 2024 spUN Program Debate format calls for a debate session of 60 minutes and allows a presentation of Pro and Con arguments to:

    1. educate the participants about the resolution topic and the weaving of the universalization concept in the approach of the resolution topic that addresses space policy.

    2. educate the spectators of the debates in the space policy debate topic and the use of universalization to address and explain the resolution topic.


    The 2023 High School Debate Format follows.  It can also be downloaded from the attachment.


    • The 2024 spUN Program Debate format calls for a debate session of 60 minutes and allows a presentation of Pro and Con arguments to:

      1. educate the participants about the resolution topic and the weaving of the universalization concept in the approach of the resolution topic that addresses space policy.

      2. educate the spectators of the debates in the space policy debate topic and the use of universalization to address and explain the resolution topic.


    • The ballot is meant as a tool by the debate judge to insure the debate content and principles of the spUN Debate Program are upheld.

  • 2024 spUN HS Tournament Bracket

    The 2024 spUN HS Tournament Bracket:   

    This is an image of the 2024 spUN HS Debate Tournament Brackets

  • spUN Debates Rulebook

    The 2024 spUN Debate Program is pleased to present the spUN Debate Program Rulebook. 

    The spUN Rulebook outlines such topics as:

    Debater Code of Conduct

    Qualifications and Eligibility to be considered for the spUN Debate Program

    Requirements and Expectations for the Program

    Practice Tournament and Program Tournament Organization

    Debate Format and Adjudication Information

    Challenges and Penalties During the Tournament


    We encourage coaches, debaters, and judges to become acquainted with the Rulebook.