2021 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge

Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 1
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 24
Contact: rascal@nianet.org

The 2021 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge is an engineering design and technology demonstration contest for eligible college students. Teams have the opportunity to design and build prototype systems that can extract water and assess subsurface density profiles from a simulated off-world test bed. Up to 10 teams will be selected to receive $10,000 to build and demonstrate their systems’ capabilities in June 2021 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.*

*As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace will closely monitor and follow guidelines from federal, state and community officials regarding the onsite competition at NASA Langley next summer. Protecting the health and safety of team members, staff and judges is our primary priority.

Reinvent the Rover Wheel Challenge

Audience: Educators, Parents and Students in Grades K-12
Deadline: July 26

This summer, the Perseverance rover will launch on a trip to explore Mars. Perseverance has six aluminum wheels with S-shaped treads called grousers that will help the rover drive across the sandy, rocky and hilly Martian terrain. To develop this wheel design, NASA engineers had to brainstorm ideas, create 3D designs and test different wheel prototypes.

What could wheels for future Mars rovers look like? We want innovative ideas from K-12 students! Use your creativity to design a rover wheel best equipped for the Red Planet’s terrain. Create a digital 3D model of your reinvented wheel, and write a short description of your design. While digital 3D models are encouraged, young inventors in grades K-5 can opt to provide an image of a sketch or mock-up instead of a 3D model. Out-of-this world entries will be featured with a NASA gold star in the challenge gallery.

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