Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 1
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 24
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.
Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Aug. 12
NASA’s Psyche mission invites full-time, enrolled undergraduate students majoring in any subject at universities and community colleges in the U.S. and its territories to apply to become part of this year’s cohort of Psyche Inspired interns. Psyche Inspired is a program that brings undergraduate students together to share the excitement, innovation and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public through artistic and creative works.
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Audience: Innovators of All Ages
Deadline: Aug. 17
As NASA prepares to send the first woman and next man to the Moon, engineers and scientists are busy working on the logistics and infrastructure needed to support astronauts for the trip, including a new toilet design.
The space toilet used on the International Space Station is designed to work for long-duration missions in microgravity. NASA’s Human Landing System Program is looking for ideas for a next-generation device for Artemis astronauts that is smaller, lighter, more efficient, and capable of working in both microgravity and lunar gravity.
Winning entries in the Technical Category are eligible for a portion of the $35,000 prize pool. A Junior Category is open to designers under 18 years of age.
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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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Audience: Students and Families
Entry Deadline: Aug. 15
What would it be like to live on the Moon? Would living there be similar to living on Earth? The Aldrin Family Foundation wants you and your family to imagine what it might be like with the Home on the Moon project.
Perfect for completing at home, this interactive project invites students, families, and teams to explore how systems work on Earth and how they can be modified to work on the Moon. Visit the project website to find step-by-step instructions and videos that will guide you through the process.
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