February 15-26. The vPlus Festival is an online festival from Potential Plus UK, full of workshops, webinars and discussions for young people with enquiring minds, their families and schools.

 

The Alien Federation of Intelligent Beings: The Challenges

We’re Picking Up Transmissions from Outer Space!

Aliens from the Federation of Intelligent Beings (FOIBs) are visiting this weekend! They are testing us to see if we are ready to belong to their galactic community. Send the answers to their challenges to [email protected] or post them in our vPlus Facebook Group, the aliens will see them there and we will share them on the gallery board next week.

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Terrgvatf Vagryyvtrag Yvsr Sbezf bs Rnegu

Jr ner pbzvat…

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Universal Translator Engaged

Blue cute alien on a screen with a minecraft background

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ZEVen to XzY3

What do you mean only one life form has answered our greeting? The code was not hard and they have several intelligent species on that planet…

Alright, never mind, let’s investigate anyway – it’s so hard to get good candidate species for the federation these days… maybe the young beings will be worth testing.

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Greetings Carbon Lifeforms

We are the Federation of Intelligent Beings (FOIBs)

We are coming to survey/join/challenge you 4 times a day for the period of time you call a weekend.

Watch for our transmissions on this page

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Saturday Challenges

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Challenge 1

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From the Federation of Intelligent Beings (FOIBs)

Many of our members are explorers and love to travel.

Design a travel poster inviting travellers to visit a planet which has two stars…

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ZEVen to XzY3

I have been searching their internet – these beings have some ideas of what a planet with two suns would be like – it will be interesting to see what they draw…

NASA Visions of the Future Posters https://www.jpl.nasa.gov/galleries/visions-of-the-future

What if We Had Two Suns https://science.howstuffworks.com/science-vs-myth/what-if/what-if-earth-two-suns.htm

What Would Earth Be Like with Two Suns
https://www.livescience.com/33500-earth-two-suns-tatooine.html

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Challenge 2

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From the Federation of Intelligent Beings (FOIBs)

We don’t have one single language to communicate with around all intelligent life forms. On Earth there is Esperanto to communicate internationally. Create a language for us to help all alien worlds to communicate with one language.

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XzY3 to ZEVen

A single language for everyone would make it so much easier than having to wear an awkward universal translator. We must examine this concept further…

ZEVen to XzY3

I have done some research about Esperanto scan this and find out

Why and how Esperanto was developed https://kidworldcitizen.org/esperanto-for-kids/

The many ways to learn Esperanto https://learnlangs.com/so-many-ways-to-learn-esperanto/#listening

XzY3 to ZEVen

This is about creating a new language: https://howtowritelike.com/2019/10/16/how-to-create-a-fictional-language/

ZEVen to XzY3

Definite possibilities…

 

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Challenge 3

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From the Federation of Intelligent Beings (FOIBs)

We value life and welcome all intelligent beings who meet our criteria, from prokaryotes to sentient suns. This means that the members of the Federation of Intelligent Beings must be intelligent enough to envision and accept all forms of life. Design an alien life form who may be part of our federation, describe their world environment (e.g. gravity, atmosphere) and their culture.

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Perhaps you would like to consider what kind of worlds ZEVen and I come from and create an appropriate garment or accessory.  Attached are our latest images for you to decorate and annotate with your suggestions.

https://virtualplusfestival.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/XzY3.pdf

https://virtualplusfestival.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/ZEVen.pdf

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ZEVen to XzY3

What do you mean they think that I am cute? My race is known for its fierce intelligence, not cuteness!

XzY3 to ZEVen

and mine for their creativity…

Still, whatever their primitive reaction to our looks, at least they have taken baby steps in their comprehension of astrobiology, it will be interesting to see what these young beings can imagine and WHY!…

Astrobiology Magazine https://www.astrobio.net/

Design Your Alien https://www.unawe.org/activity/eu-unawe1304/

Fantasy Name Generator https://www.fantasynamegenerators.com/alien-descriptions.php

 

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ZEVen to XzY3

Why have you sent them our images?!

XzY3 to ZEVen

We are such handsome creatures it seemed a shame not to share them – besides I quite like their fashion, it will be interesting to see what garments and accessories they think would suit us.

ZEVen to XzY3

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Challenge 4

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From the Federation of Intelligent Beings (FOIBs)

We are going to hold an intergalactic sporting event. Given all the anatomical/ gravitational/atmospheric differences between species, what sporting events should we include? How can we ensure alien species can compete on an equal footing? Please write a report with your recommendations.

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ZEVen to XzY3

These beings have something called the Olympics to bring them together. Could we adapt one of their sports? https://www.olympic.org/sports

Or perhaps one of their Highland Games https://www.scotland.org/events/highland-games/highland-games-traditions

They have even more sports events listed here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_multi-sport_events#List_of_major_multi-sport_events

Ah, now this could be useful. To make things equal in something called the Paralympics they use different classifications, maybe this is something we could use to help our different intelligent lifeforms compete on an equal footing https://www.paralympic.org/classification

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ZEVen to XzY3

These young beings have met our challenges quite well so far and their minecraft representation of our headquarters world has some strangely familiar elements in it. This will require further study.

I begin to be hopeful that we could consider them for membership. We will test them further tomorrow.

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minecraft spaceship
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Sunday Challenges

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Challenge 5

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From the Federation of Intelligent Beings (FOIBs)

We want to bring together different species and celebrate our alliance. Can you create an intergalactic anthem that takes into account music from different worlds.

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ZEVen to XzY3

I wonder if they will think to research the anthems of other nations? https://kids.kiddle.co/List_of_national_anthems

They will need to listen to what they create. Perhaps they could use free music-making software like Waveform Free and we can listen in… https://www.tracktion.com/products/waveform-free

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Challenge 6

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From the Federation of Intelligent Beings (FOIBs)

We need an instruction booklet so that other intelligent beings can learn about your lifeform.

Can you create a set of observations and illustrations about humans that would be useful for intelligent beings from other planets to know?

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ZEVen to XzY3

They seem to have already thought about this. There are a set of books, written by humans, aimed at alien children to tell them about humans (I do not know why they think we have children like this). Perhaps it will help these young beings to think about what we might need to know?

https://www.fernfederation.co.uk/dr-xargles-books/

https://youtu.be/OTD7t6OqXQY

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Challenge 7

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From the Federation of Intelligent Beings (FOIBs)

We want to reward some of the amazing things our members have achieved by holding an awards ceremony. This may be an annual event – the AIBAs – Annual Intelligent Being Awards.

We’d like you to decide on the categories for the awards that reward their achievements. Which individuals are on the shortlist? Who are the winners and what have they done?

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ZEVen to XzY3

That is a sloppy way to define your challenge – annual on which planet? In this solar system alone they have a planet where the year is over 60,000 Earth days! https://spaceplace.nasa.gov/years-on-other-planets/en/

XzY3 to ZEVen

That is true. While we ponder the length of these awards let us consider what kind of award events they could be. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Category:Lists_of_awards

and I would like to find out more about their Nobel Prizes, it is defined as being given to those who have conferred the greatest benefit to humankind – to the benefit of all alienkind might be a good thought. https://www.nobelprize.org/prizes/lists/all-nobel-prizes/

 

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Challenge 8

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From the Federation of Intelligent Beings (FoIB)

All of our members have a flag that represents their planet. We display these in our intergalactic parliament building and in all our communications.

Can you design a flag for Earth? It should show something unique about your world to be easily recognisable.

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ZEVen to XzY3

So, are you considering recommending them for membership if you are asking them to create a world flag? Or is this once again the creative being enjoying the sense of design of these lifeforms?

XzY3 to ZEVen

I am considering. They do have a certain sense of intelligence and style which needs further examination.

Let us see what flags they have in their world https://www.kids-world-travel-guide.com/world-flags.html

Perhaps they should use a flag designer app to design their flag: https://flag-designer.appspot.com/ or https://tennessine.co.uk/flags/

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We are pleased with your progress, we will return for further dialogue once we have visited the other intelligent beings in your solar system…

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