Short Story winners from the Space Chase Competition
Children were asked to write a Short Story based on the theme of ‘Space’.
The winners were:
- Age 4 to 6 years old First Place – Avani
- Age 7 to 9 years old First Place – Sonja Second place – James
- Age 10 to 12 years old First Place – Mia
- Age 13 to 15 years old First Place – Amy
Age 13 to 15 years old First Place – Amy aged 13
“Phoenix, you’re entering the atmosphere too shallow! You won’t survive!”
“Commander Kelly, this ground control, do you copy? You’re going to crash. Over”
“Commander Kelly, Phoenix, do you copy? You’re burning up, over”
“Sir, she’s not going to make it!”
Personal log, star date- 303436.7563102487, although I guess I should use earth’s date and time- 25 July 2019, 14:00:53
Space. The final frontier.
I loved hearing captain Kirk say that when I was a child. That seems so long ago. Humans have advanced so much since then.
Where am I now? I am currently on my way back to earth after a lifetime on Proxima Centauri b, in Alpha Centauri. My parents were sent there on a research mission, to see if Proxima is as habitable s earth, as habitable as NASA said it should be. Turns out, it’s just like earth, but better. More resources, more life, more new things to explore. So, they stayed put and had me, started a colony of humans in Alpha Centauri, the first humans born on another planet.
Now, I’m heading back to earth. It’s 30% smaller than Proxima Centauri b, and the years are far longer. On earth, I’m 21 years old; on Proxima, I’m 696 years old, nearly 697, which means that one year on Proxima is only 11 earth days.
You’re wondering how I’m getting to earth when it takes 54 thousand years to get to Proxima. Humans have advanced a lot since my parents’ generation left back in earth’s 1991, and even then, NASA had some kind of alien technology that they stole from a crashed spaceship. Details are classified, not even my parents know them.
So why don’t I want to go back to earth? Well, I am being torn from my home, Proxima, because NASA wants us back from the research mission. But why don’t they realise how much better Proxima Centauri b is? Earth is a dying rock, Proxima is flourishing and co-exists with its inhabitants-us.
But I had no choice- I had to go to earth. Share our results. And then return home, to the colony.
I didn’t expect to be attacked. I didn’t expect the cloaked ship to appear and fire on my shuttle. I didn’t expect to be sat here, now, recording this log, hoping someone will hear it one day, sat on a dying ship, a thin film of sweat covering my weakened body.
Earth is getting closer. I can see it through the misty window. The shuttle is losing oxygen, my vision is getting blurry.
The shuttle gets hotter and hotter.
And as I sit here, knowing I will die soon, I have come to a disturbing realisation.
The alien ship that attacked me was the same species that we stole the engines from back in 1991.
And now, they want revenge.
I can hear voices, but I can’t respond.
Be warned-nobody is safe.
This is commander Sienna Kelly, signing off for the first and last time.
Age 10 to 12 years old First Place – Mia aged 10
Once upon a time, there were two sisters called Kaira and Marcie.
Kaira loved to play outside and enjoy adventure; so did Marcie. Their dreams are completely different though. Kaira dreamed to be an artist but Marcie’s dream was more complex.
Marcie wished that she could one day go up into space and explore the moon. When she was 4, 5 and 6, she enjoyed making cardboard rockets with her sister, then she pretended her toys went into space on the rockets. Now she was 10, she got more serious about it.
For Christmas and her birthday, she asked for books about real rockets that have flown into space and engine powered rocket science kits. Another few years went by. It was now the day before her fifteenth birthday. “Mum, Dad, for my birthday I would really like to go to ‘NASA’ and meet the people there please? And see whether I am old enough to go into space yet?” “OK, darling. We’ll see what we can do,” Mum and Dad ensured her in unison.
It was now Marcie’s 15th birthday and her Mum and Dad had a surprise for her. “Jump in the car! We got a surprise for you!” “Yay! Thanks Mum and Dad! You’re the best!” Marcie replied in great excitement. They drew up outside ‘NASA’ and Marcie and Kaira stared in awe at the building. “Wow! I can’t believe we are really here!” Marcie exclaimed as she walked through the doors to inside the building. You couldn’t see where you were going there were so many people rushing here and there. They walked through the crowd of people and then they got to a quiet and peaceful hallway. They walked down it, Marcie staring at the signs on the doors.
Her parents stopped at the third door down on the right. The door was labelled ‘HEAD OFFICE’. Marcie’s Mum knocked and a deep grunt replied, “Come in.” So the family all went in.
“Young lady, I believe it was you who wanted to come to ‘NASA’. Am I right?” “Yes, you are sir,” replied Marcie, almost going to explode with nervousness and excitement.
“Well I run ‘NASA’ as you probably thought when you saw the sign on my door, and, seeing as you really want to go up to space, there are a few places on the space station,” (“Yay!” Marcie thought to herself and the officer continued) “but first I must know how old you are.” “I am 15 today sir,” (“Happy birthday and you can stop calling me sir please,” said the officer) “and what is your name please?” Marcie answered.
“My name is Officer Bob and please may you come back on your 16th birthday and you will be able to start training to go into space,” replied Bob. “Thank you very much” Marcie’s Dad told Bob as they walked out.
They all went home and in bed that night, Marcie knew her dream was going to come true!
DREAM COME TRUE
Age 7 to 9 years old First Place – Sonja aged 9
The alien adventure
The train whistled and sped out of the station. I watched the green blur outside the window. I stared for a while, watching mesmerized as it slowly came together. I drew near to the window and suddenly I was falling through a deep dark hole. I stared at the round wobbly green blob, wondering where I was. The ground was soft powder and the air was so thin you could just breathe.
“Who are you?” I blurted out.
I didn’t understand a word he said.
“Um pardon sorry I can’t understand you?”
The blob nodded his head slowly and thought for a moment. He got a small horn out of his body and blew into it. It made a hollow sound and as quick as lightning another blob appeared with a necklace that had a turquoise locket on it. It was beautiful! I carefully took it from him not wanting to break it. I fastened it around my neck and I tried again.
“Um what’s your name?” this time I understood perfectly, his name was Morchikoo. I stared at him in disbelief. Before I could investigate, the blob-which I soon discovered was an alien- beckoned me with his antennae to come with him. I trotted after him quickly, come on he was still super-fast compared to me he was lightning speed he led me to a huge see-through globe and we went inside. I demanded the alien to stop so I could catch my breath to me it looked like he was tapping his foot impatiently once I had got my breath back. We kept charging on through the corridors into rooms through more corridors and finally we came to a large circular room painted sky blue the walls had pictures of different aliens but to be honest with you I would have copied them instead of wasting the aliens time. The alien that was sitting in the middle of the room cleared his throat and said “we that’s us aliens are in danger we need your help” at the end of the long talk I felt faint.
The next morning I woke with a start gosh I had to get ready for battle. Once I’d got ready and went outside suddenly there was a rumble from under our feet, I was ready, I jumped onto the monster back and karate kicked him in the eye, he wriggled his back and I tumbled of his back and I fortunately landed on the soft powdery ground I leaped onto his tail and he lost his balance, I jumped out of the way just in time and landed with a thump. Just to make shore he was dead I stuck my sword in his tummy hurrah he was dead the aliens had no fear now. I woke with a starts were I oh yes I was on the train I peered down at my neck there was the turquoise locket. Was that a dream or did that happen?
Age 7 to 9 years old Second place – James aged 7
Race to the moon
One day Josh and Max were getting ready to have a race to the moon. Josh’s rocket was blue and Max’s rocket was green. They were just getting clipped in and ready to go when mission control said “on your marks, get set, Go!” they were off to the moon. Suddenly Josh was taking the lead. Just then he saw the moon. He thought for a moment “wait, that couldn’t be the moon.” And he was right, it was an asteroid shower! Quickly he dodged in and out of them. Meanwhile, Max was having the same problem, dodging and swerving the asteroids. Suddenly the steroids stopped. “hey” said Josh “let’s eat our lunch and unclip.” “I love that idea” said Max. They unclipped and ground themselves floating around their rockets. Max had a cheese sandwich and a apple, Josh had a ham sandwich and a bunch of grapes. Max was pretending his apple was the moon. Josh laughed “HA HA!!” Max said that he saw the moon, “you mean your half-eaten apple” said Josh, still laughing. “No! I mean the actual moon!” suddenly Josh was clipped in and heading for the moon. Max said “HEEEEEEY!” he was a few seconds behind him, but he soon caught up., but by that time they were only a few meters from the moon. They had a rough landing, but as soon as they touched down they both shouted “I WON!” Josh said again “I WON!” then Max said “NO! I WON!” They both kept on arguing until they realised where they were. They had landed right in the middle of a crowd of giant aliens. “Run?” asked Max. “RUUUUUUNNNNN!” agreed Josh. So they ran back to their rockets, got clipped in and raced all the way back to earth.
Age 4 to 6 years old First Place – Avani aged 5
Space is high up in the sky. Space has sun, stars, moon, planets and sky. We name 9 planets: sun, mercury, Venus, mars, earth, Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune.
Venus don’t have any water. Venus is the same size as the earth. The sun is hot and big and the sun colour is yellow and orange. The earth is where we live. The earth have water and air. The earth have human beings.
Saturn is the gas giant. Saturn have rings. Neptune is the planet as the sun.neptune have many storms. Mars has a rocky red planet.mars have tall mountains. Mars have two moons.
Jupiter is a gas giant, it has a big moon. It is a biggest planet. Mercury Is the closet planet to the sun. mercury have no moon. Uranus is coldest planet. It have dusty rings.
All of the children have received a certificate and goody bag, Well done to all!