Entries Open August 18
Challenge Details
YOUR CHALLENGE IS:

DESIGN AN EXPERIMENT TO TEST ON A SUBORBITAL ROCKET OR HIGH-ALTITUDE BALLOON

Entries Open August 18



TEACHER PRE-REGISTER
Are you ready to get hands-on with a NASA project next school year? In August, the NASA TechRise Student Challenge will start accepting entries. Teachers are welcome to pre-register now and we will email you with more TechRise content, including curricula, summer workshops, and events as they become available.

The Challenge
From remote sensing and climate research, to microgravity experiments and technologies to explore the Moon, schools are invited to join NASA in its mission to advance space exploration and enhance our knowledge of Earth. If you are in 6th to 12th grade at a U.S. public, private, or charter school next school year, your challenge is to team up with your schoolmates and design a research or technology experiment no larger than 4in x 4in x 8in for one of the following flight test vehicles:

  • Suborbital rocket with about 3 minutes of microgravity (i.e., zero-gravity or weightlessness)
  • High-altitude balloon with more than 4 hours of flight time at 70,000 feet or higher with exposure to Earth’s atmosphere and views of the planet

How Schools Participate 
To enter this Fall:  
  • Student teams, with a minimum of 4 teammates, will develop an experiment idea based on the Design Guidelines and decide whether a suborbital rocket or high-altitude balloon is best to test their project.
  • Teams will write-up their experiment idea using the TechRise Proposal Template. (Template released in August.)
  • The team leader (an educator or adult employee of the school) will submit the proposal to this competition website. Educators/schools can submit an unlimited number of proposals, but each proposal should be unique.

What Teams Can Win 
  • $1500 awarded to each winning school to develop the proposed experiment
  • An assigned spot for the winning experiment on a NASA-sponsored flight operated by one of the following flight providers – Blue Origin, UP Aerospace, or Raven Aerostar
  • A winner's package inclusive of a 3D-printed Flight Box to use to build the experiment

Check out the Education Resources section below for challenge starter information and stay tuned for more education resources to be released this Summer!

 

To learn more about vehicle requirements for this challenge, refer to the Tech Sheet PDFs below. (Photo Credit: Blue Origin, UP Aerospace, Raven Aerostar)

 

Challenge Launch Video
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TECH SHEET: BLUE ORIGIN ROCKET
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TECH SHEET: UP AEROSPACE ROCKET
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TECH SHEET: RAVEN BALLOON
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JOIN US FOR THESE EVENTS:

NASA TechRise Educator Workshop
July 28, 12 - 4pm EDT
Join this educator workshop to learn the basics of electronics, coding, and designing for flight. PLUS network with other educators! (Certificates available)
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NASA TechRise Educator Workshop
August 11, 12 - 4pm EDT
Join this educator workshop to learn the basics of electronics, coding, and designing for flight. PLUS network with other educators! (Certificates available)
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DATES / JUDGING CRITERIA / PRIZES

You have to play by the rules to win.

WHO CAN ENTER

This is a challenge for SCHOOLS in the United States. US public, private, or charter schools that serve 6th to 12th grade students can assemble a team (or multiple teams) and enter. Minimum 4 students per team. No Maximum number of students per team. Proposals must be submitted by a team lead that is a teacher or employee of the school. Homeschools are not eligible to participate unless they are affiliated with a public, private, or charter school that complies with the insurance requirements in the RULES.
GRADES 6-12
SCHOOL CLASSES
GRADES 6-12
SCHOOL CLUBS
GRADES 6-12
SCHOOL TEAMS

JUDGING CRITERIA

Grades 6-12
 
25
POINTS
Originality of the Flight Experiment
25
POINTS
Quality of the Build Plan and Compliance with the Design Guidelines
25
POINTS
Impact on Education and/or Society
25
POINTS
Timeline Feasibility
5
POINTS
5 Bonus Points Awarded if School is Title 1 Eligible

HOW TO ENTER

Please review the Challenge Rules and Design Guidelines prior to creating your entry.

Challenge Rules Design Guidelines

STUDENTS

Develop an experiment idea with your school team and fill out the questions on the Proposal Template. (Template released in August.) Give your completed proposal to your teacher. 

 

TEACHERS/EDUCATORS

Coordinate with your students to submit their team proposal. Teachers can submit an unlimited number of proposals, but please make sure each proposal is unique. 



TEACHER SIGN UP
PROGRAM DATES
Challenge Announced
25
May
Entries Open
18
August
Entries Close
03
November
Winners Announced
21
January
Experiments Complete
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SUMMER 2022
Experiments Launch
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EARLY 2023
Challenge Announced
25
May
Entries Open
18
August
Entries Close
03
November
Winners Announced
21
January
Experiments Complete
**
SUMMER 2022
Experiments Launch
**
EARLY 2023

PRIZES

 

Dive Into The Challenge

CLICK A TOPIC BELOW TO GET IDEAS FOR YOUR EXPERIMENT

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Imaging & Sensing
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Moon
Mars
Suborbital Vehicles
Digital Tools
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Digital Tools

LEARN ABOUT Imaging & Sensing

Understand the role remote imaging and sensing play in scientific discovery. Earth Science data can be a critical part of your experiment design. Dig into data from weather stations, radar, satellites and think about what kind of experiment data you will want to collect or use.

LEARN ABOUT Mars

Discover Mars and learn about NASA's Mars2020 Mission. Follow the Perseverance Rover on its quest to search for signs of ancient microbial life. Check out the technologies being used to explore Mars and think about how they might help you with your experiment design.

LEARN ABOUT Suborbital Vehicles

Learn about NASA's Flight Opportunities program and discover how suborbital rockets and balloons help space exploration. These curated links and lessons will help you decide what vehicle to pick for your experiment.

Digital Tools

Get started with coding your microcontroller. Learn how to download Mu or Arduino IDE and get tinkering with some tutorials!
CircuitPython Tutorials
Get started with CircuitPython as the introductory programming language for your microcontroller. Learn how write code on a FREE programming editor like Mu. Get tinkering with curated tutorials. Build a programming foundation for your TechRise experiment.
Arduino Tutorials
Use Arduino programming language to take your microcontroller skills to the next level. Download the FREE Arduino IDE and check out our curated Arduino programming lessons. Build a programming foundation for your TechRise experiment.
 

LAUNCHING THE INNOVATORS OF TOMORROW

NASA's Flight Opportunities Program is leading the NASA TechRise Challenge, which is administered by Future Engineers. Flight Opportunities rapidly demonstrates promising technologies for space exploration, discovery, and the expansion of space commerce through suborbital testing with industry flight providers. The program matures capabilities needed for NASA missions and commercial applications while strategically investing in the growth of the U.S. commercial spaceflight industry. These flight tests take technologies from ground-based laboratories into relevant environments to increase technology readiness and validate feasibility while reducing the costs and technical risks of future missions. NASA’s Flight Opportunities program is funded by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate (STMD) and managed at NASA’s Armstrong Flight Research Center in Edwards, California.