Name the Rover CHALLENGE

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Challenge Details
YOUR CHALLENGE IS:

NAME NASA'S MARS 2020 ROVER

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K-12 Students

If you are a K-12 student in the United States, your challenge is to name NASA’s next Mars rover. Submit your rover name and a short essay (maximum 150 words) to explain the reasons for your selected name. Be sure to review the RULES for all challenge details and entry requirements, including the privacy requirement of NO PERSONAL NAMES in your submission so that your entry may be posted in the public gallery. The Mars 2020 rover will seek signs of past microbial life, collect surface samples as the first leg of a potential Mars Sample Return campaign, and test technologies to produce oxygen from the Martian atmosphere to prepare for future human missions. More background information about the Mars 2020 mission is provided in the education resources section below.
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WINNERS

Promise
Grades K-4 Finalist
Amira Shanshiry
Westwood, MA
Promise
Tenacity
Grades K-4 Finalist
Eamon Reilly
York, PA
Tenacity
Endurance
Grades K-4 Finalist
Oliver Jacobs
Arlington, VA
Endurance
Humanity
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Abhinav Rai
Minneapolis, MN
Humanity
Decipher
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Agastya Mishra
Louisville, KY
Decipher
L.E.A.D.
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Alice Martin
Exeter, NH
L.E.A.D.
ARC
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Alyvia Peiczarka
West Warwick, RI
ARC
Inspiration
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Arden Richter
Seattle, WA
Inspiration
Ambition
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Athena Nastasia
Phoenix, AZ
Ambition
Dusty
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Avery Hendricks
Edmond, OK
Dusty
Archimedes
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Ben Myers
Madison, WI
Archimedes
Believer
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Caden Jack
White Sulphur Springs, MT
Believer
Biorevelation
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Carter Bell
Omaha, NE
Biorevelation
D.R.E.A.M.
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Clark Helmick
Hernando, MS
D.R.E.A.M.
Innovator
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
David Fillmore
Gallatin, TN
Innovator
Little Tinker
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Delaney York
Carmel, IN
Little Tinker
Tenacity
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Evelyn Brown
Little Rock, AR
Tenacity
Determination
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Fiona Wieland
Las Vegas, NV
Determination
JEEVAN
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Gabriel Mathew
Shawnee, KS
JEEVAN
Summer
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Han Jing Ni
Council Bluffs, IA
Summer
Inspiration
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Heidi Jacobs
Haddonfield, NJ
Inspiration
Examiner
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Jayson Allen
Kailua-Kona, HI
Examiner
Picus
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
John Guarino
Wilmington, DE
Picus
Calypso
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Jordyn Mason
Romulus, MI
Calypso
Prospector
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Kate Hurford
Ponte Vedra Beach, FL
Prospector
Wonderment
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Kyler Frazier
Healy, AK
Wonderment
Promise
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Lanaya Allen
Saratoga Springs, UT
Promise
A.L.I.E.T.T.
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Linkoln Custer
Milwaukie, OR
A.L.I.E.T.T.
Groundbreaker
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Lydia Adcock
Washington, DC
Groundbreaker
Revelar
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Malvika Ganapathy
Los Angeles, CA
Revelar
Picus
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Mark Goldman
Albuquerque, NM
Picus
Information Rover
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Mason Moreland
Buffalo, WY
Information Rover
Determination
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Mason McCullough
Hiram, GA
Determination
GRIT
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Max Gurtman
South Burlington, VT
GRIT
Wonder
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Mia Cybulski
Palos Hills, IL
Wonder
Propulsion Major Crater
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Mikayla Morgan
Williamstown, WV
Propulsion Major Crater
Metis 2020
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Nithin Ramakrishnan
Aurora, CO
Metis 2020
Ares-Gigasis
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Prisha Adhikari
Meridian, ID
Ares-Gigasis
ROSE
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Reese Panganiban
Dorado, PR
ROSE
Enlightenment
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Riley Rosen
Austin, TX
Enlightenment
Possibility
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Samuel Trippier
Delaware, OH
Possibility
Possibility
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Sarah Lupien
South Portland, ME
Possibility
Determination
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Savita Oldham
Apex, NC
Determination
Mystery
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Schiylah Pilant
Neosho, MO
Mystery
Cyano
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Serafina D'Amico
Greenville, SC
Cyano
MARV
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Stephen Baker
Madison, AL
MARV
Investigator
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Susie Vastag
West Fargo, ND
Investigator
Reconnoiter
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Vincent Vaughan
Minden, LA
Reconnoiter
F.I.D.O.
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Violet Gerkin
Hampstead, MD
F.I.D.O.
Tenacity
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Violet Hughes
Newtown, CT
Tenacity
Adventure
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Will Clemens
Northville, SD
Adventure
Inspiration
Grades K-4 SemiFinalist
Zain Haque
New York, NY
Inspiration
Perseverance
1
Grades 5-8 Winner
Alexander Mather
Springfield, VA
Perseverance
Vision
Grades 5-8 Finalist
Hadley Green
Oxford, MS
Vision
Clarity
Grades 5-8 Finalist
Nora Benitez
San Diego, CA
Clarity
Excelsior
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Amelia Ashley
Owings, MD
Excelsior
Emergence
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Ankit Biswas
Waxhaw, NC
Emergence
Visionary
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Asher Philyaw
East Amherst, NY
Visionary
Fascination
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
August Kollar
Pittsburgh, PA
Fascination
FOOTPRINT
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Bailey Ross
Washington, DC
FOOTPRINT
OPTIMISM
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Brady Pendleton
Republic, MO
OPTIMISM
Nunnehi
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Caden Fox
Claremore, OK
Nunnehi
Anaxagoras
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Caleb Deering
Nolensville, TN
Anaxagoras
Prospector
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Camryn Hillard
Rapid City, SD
Prospector
INGENUITY
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Chris Le
Dallas, TX
INGENUITY
Imagination
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Cora Maddox
Monument, CO
Imagination
Ambition
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Dillon Austin
Newberry, MI
Ambition
CAPACITY
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Ema Reyes-Torres
San Juan, PR
CAPACITY
Archí
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Emi Matsuura
Aiea, HI
Archí
Monarch
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Evelyn Kalat
Barre, VT
Monarch
AGE
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Evelyn Myers
Boise, ID
AGE
Cueillir
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Gabrielle Cormier
Grand Forks, ND
Cueillir
Determination
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Garrett Tai
Las Vegas, NV
Determination
Ingenuity
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Hailey Mack
Ocean View, DE
Ingenuity
Aethon
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Ian Ariaz
Kalispell, MT
Aethon
Abeona
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Jack Randall
Shreveport, LA
Abeona
VITALITY ROVER
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Jasper Scofield
Seattle, WA
VITALITY ROVER
Expansion
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
John Bowling
Louisville, KY
Expansion
Promise
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Josiah Fidel
Albuquerque, NM
Promise
Dreamer
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Josie Mueller
Donnellson, IA
Dreamer
Outlook
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Julianna Ferrell
Morgantown, WV
Outlook
Altan
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Katelyn Davis
Green River, WY
Altan
Perception
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Katelyn Stiles
Juneau, AK
Perception
Asteria Morpheus
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Leah Schneyer-VanZile
Arlington, MA
Asteria Morpheus
Perseverance
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Liam Sullivan
Indianapolis, IN
Perseverance
Dari
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Linney Kim
Tampa, FL
Dari
Merian
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Logan Purser
Lehi, UT
Merian
Oracle
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Lydia Nasmyth
Marietta, GA
Oracle
Coeus
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Maddy Flynn
Charleston, AR
Coeus
Ikenga
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Marydith Sudkamp
Peoria, AZ
Ikenga
Maria
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Mckenna Corso
Huntley, IL
Maria
Abeona
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Nate Axelson
Saint Paul, MN
Abeona
RIDE
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Nidhi Nair
Holmdel, NJ
RIDE
Enlightenment
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Oslo Gegg
Lincoln, NE
Enlightenment
Zoi
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Riley Miller
St. Croix, VI
Zoi
Eirene
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Sarah Tokach
Sparta, WI
Eirene
Vision
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Sarayah McClure
Olathe, KS
Vision
Perspective
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Sean Morse
Hampden, ME
Perspective
Perserva
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Sophia Hipsman
West Warwick, RI
Perserva
Vision
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Trip Hanna
Hooksett, NH
Vision
Perspective
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Truman Stonestreet
Portland, OR
Perspective
Advent Gnosis
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Wesley Quick
Silverhill , AL
Advent Gnosis
DIANA
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Xander Shavers
Woodbridge, CT
DIANA
AMoEBA
Grades 5-8 SemiFinalist
Zack Meyer
Perrysburg, OH
AMoEBA
Fortitude
Grades 9-12 Finalist
Anthony Yoon
Norman, OK
Fortitude
Courage
Grades 9-12 Finalist
Tori Gray
Grand Isle, LA
Courage
Ingenuity
Grades 9-12 Finalist
Vaneeza Rupani
Northport, AL
Ingenuity
Asrik
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Abigayle Baldwin
Gulfport, MS
Asrik
Clarity
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Adalynn Riley
Willard, UT
Clarity
Antoniadi
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Adam Faunce
Milford, MI
Antoniadi
Catalyst
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Akhil Ramidi
Buffalo Grove, IL
Catalyst
Starlight
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Alejandro Goycochea
Santa Isabel, PR
Starlight
Abeona
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Alexandra Smith
East Dublin, GA
Abeona
Vitus
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Alyssa Graham
Sarcoxie, MO
Vitus
Asclepius
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Andrej Coleman
Washington, DC
Asclepius
CAMR
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Arabella Batori
Cantwell, AK
CAMR
Prospect
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Brianna Hensley
Cincinnati, OH
Prospect
Apricity
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Calvin Goodall
Omaha, NE
Apricity
Calafia
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Caroline Smith
Granada Hills, CA
Calafia
Apeiron
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Carolyne Sauda
Bangor, ME
Apeiron
Perception
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Carson Ellsworth
Gilbert, AZ
Perception
A.R.D.O.R.
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Celina Taramasco
Kapolei, HI
A.R.D.O.R.
Forager
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Charlotte Beck
Richland, WA
Forager
Mornar
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Conner Petru
Austin, TX
Mornar
Aurum
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Danica Raich
Sewickley, PA
Aurum
Pyassa
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Duha Khan
Morrisville, NC
Pyassa
Ingenuity
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Eddy Navas
Miami, FL
Ingenuity
Aspiration
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Elaina Fleming
Memphis, TN
Aspiration
Novus
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Eli Nadell
Short Hills, NJ
Novus
Adeo
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Gabrielle Orth
Rogers, MN
Adeo
Clarity
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Izabella Dabrasky
Aberdeen, MD
Clarity
Elpis
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Jacobie Spence
Salem, VA
Elpis
Amica
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Jada Broome
Columbia, SC
Amica
Aspire
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Jozlyn Slivinski
Wilmington, DE
Aspire
Tenacity
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Kaitlyn Ketchell
Monument, CO
Tenacity
Audacity
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Kylee Botsford
Manhattan, MT
Audacity
Viatoris
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Leslie Bostwick
Williston, VT
Viatoris
Vita Venator
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Lilou Beachy
Wellman, IA
Vita Venator
Valiant
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Mackenzie Allen
Bella Vista, AR
Valiant
Possibility
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Madison Albaugh
Post Falls, ID
Possibility
Vision
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Maia Marshall
Las Vegas, NV
Vision
Perspective
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Malachi Stein
Bismarck, ND
Perspective
Inspiration
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Mary Lara Hardesty
Ashland, KY
Inspiration
G.R.I.T.
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Maximilian Looft
Santa Fe, NM
G.R.I.T.
Seeker
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Nathan Veldboom
Hudson, WI
Seeker
Ambition Tardigrada
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Nora Lowe
Armonk, NY
Ambition Tardigrada
Abeona
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Page Warren
West Hartford, CT
Abeona
IM-Pression
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Piolo Pascual
Morgantown, WV
IM-Pression
Visionary
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Savi Everett
Beaverton, OR
Visionary
Inspire
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Sofia Bianco
East Greenwich, RI
Inspire
Ambition
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Stephen Kluck
Olathe, KS
Ambition
Prayas
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Tanya Das
Exeter, NH
Prayas
Inquisitive
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Tomas Gonzalez
Brookings, SD
Inquisitive
Inspiration
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Tyler Falls
Merrillville, IN
Inspiration
Ingenuity
Grades 9-12 SemiFinalist
Yaozu Chen
Winchester, MA
Ingenuity
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DATES / JUDGING CRITERIA / PRIZES

You have to play by the rules to win.

WHO CAN ENTER

Individual K-12 Students in US public, private, and home schools (including U.S. territories & possessions and schools operated by the U.S. for the children of American personnel overseas). NO team entries allowed! Children and students who live in the same household with NASA, Battelle Education, JPL, or Caltech employees cannot enter. For all eligibility details, please refer to the rules.
GRADES K-4
GRADES 5-8
GRADES 9-12

JUDGING CRITERIA

Grades K-4
Grades 5-8
Grades 9-12
 
40
POINTS
Appropriateness and Significance of Name
30
POINTS
Originality of name
30
POINTS
Originality and quality of the essay and/or finalist interview presentation
5
POINTS
Bonus points awarded to entry with the highest public poll votes (only applicable in the final judging round)
40
POINTS
Appropriateness and Significance of Name
30
POINTS
Originality of name
30
POINTS
Originality and quality of the essay and/or finalist interview presentation
5
POINTS
Bonus points awarded to entry with the highest public poll votes (only applicable in the final judging round)
40
POINTS
Appropriateness and Significance of Name
30
POINTS
Originality of name
30
POINTS
Originality and quality of the essay​ and/or finalist interview presentation
5
POINTS
Bonus points awarded to entry with the highest public poll votes (only applicable in the final judging round)

HOW TO ENTER

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PROGRAM DATES
Challenge Launch
28
August
Entries Close
01
November
Semifinalists Announced
13
January
Finalists Announced
21
January
Finalist Interviews
31
January
Winner Announced
05
March
Challenge Launch
28
August
Entries Close
01
November
Semifinalists Announced
13
January
Finalists Announced
21
January
Finalist Interviews
31
January
Winner Announced
05
March

PRIZES

 

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Lesson Plan Details and Challenge Tips!

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2. Brainstorm & Design

 
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Brainstorm & Design

Brainstorm & Design

Get creative! We can't wait to see what rover name you will submit. If you get stumped then take a moment to get to know the rover. Maybe the rover’s objectives, design, or capabilities will inspire you.
Brainstorming Idea
Mission Objectives

The Mars 2020 mission will not only seek signs that Mars could have supported life in the ancient past, but will also search for signs of past microbial (single-cell) life itself. The Mars 2020 rover has a drill that can collect core samples of the most promising rocks and soils in special tubes, and set them aside in a "cache" on the surface of Mars. A future mission could bring these samples back to Earth.  That would help scientists study the samples in laboratories with equipment that would be too large to take to Mars. What are the mission’s science goals and how will the rover help achieve these goals? 

Brainstorming Idea
Landing Systems

The Mars 2020 mission will not only seek signs that Mars could have supported life in the ancient past, but will also search for signs of past microbial (single-cell) life itself. The Mars 2020 rover has a drill that can collect core samples of the most promising rocks and soils in special tubes, and set them aside in a "cache" on the surface of Mars. A future mission could bring these samples back to Earth.  That would help scientists study the samples in laboratories with equipment that would be too large to take to Mars. What are the mission’s science goals and how will the rover help achieve these goals? 

Brainstorming Idea
Movement

The six-wheeled rover has a “rocker-bogie” suspension system, to help it stay balanced while cruising over rocky Martian terrain. Each wheel has its own individual motor and the two in front and in the back have steering motors with a 360-degree capability. The rover itself is the size of a small SUV (10 feet long, not including the arm) with a top speed of 1.5 inches per second which is about one-tenth of a mile per hour. How does the “rocker-bogie” system keep the rover from tipping over? How does the 360-degree steering help the rover move around?

Brainstorming Idea
Communication

Getting information to and from the Rover is vital to the mission. It takes about 5 to 20 minutes for a radio signal to travel between Mars and Earth. The rover is equipped with three antennas that serve as both its “voice” and “ears”. What are these antennas for and how will they relay messages to the Earth and back to Mars?

Brainstorming Idea
Eyes and Other Senses

The rover has several cameras focused on engineering and science tasks. Some help the rover land on Mars, while others serve as the rover’s “eyes” on the surface to drive around. Scientists will use others to do scientific observations to help decide which rock and soil samples to collect.  The rover has a total of 23 cameras, some of which can even take video! What do the cameras do and are they so important to the rover?

Brainstorming Idea
Rock and Soil Sampling

The rover has several cameras focused on engineering and science tasks. Some help the rover land on Mars, while others serve as the rover’s “eyes” on the surface to drive around. Scientists will use others to do scientific observations to help decide which rock and soil samples to collect.  The rover has a total of 23 cameras, some of which can even take video! What do the cameras do and are they so important to the rover?

Digital Tools

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Group Size

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Approach

Assign each team a video lesson and have them present what they learned

Material

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An education program for
the Innovators of Tomorrow

The Mars 2020 "Name the Rover" Challenge is presented by challenge partners: NASA, Future Engineers, and Battelle Education. Additional prizes arranged by Future Engineers through Amazon Web Services. The student contest is part of NASA's efforts to engage the public in its missions to the Moon and Mars. The currently unnamed rover is a robotic scientist weighing more than 2,300 pounds (1,000 kilograms). It will search for signs of past microbial life, characterize the planet's climate and geology, collect samples for future return to Earth, and pave the way for human exploration of the Red Planet. The spacecraft is targeted for a July 2020 launch and is expected to touch down on Mars in February 2021.

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