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
Educators! Are you ready to get hands-on with a NASA project next school year? Here are a few ways to stay engaged over the summer while you wait for the NASA TechRise Student Challenge to start accepting entries in August:

  • Pre-register by clicking the link above and we will email you with challenge updates and new content as it becomes available
  • Sign-up for a summer educator workshop by clicking an event RSVP link below
  • Plan your proposal team by checking out the "Who Can Enter" Section below
  • Get acquainted with suborbital rockets and high-altitude balloons by reviewing the three vehicle tech sheets
  • A lot more information will be coming your way in August, but if you have questions, please email support@futureengineers.org

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 develop a research or technology experiment idea no larger than 4in x 4in x 8in. The winning ideas will win money to build their winning experiment, which will be put aboard a flight on 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 their idead by building their 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 that includes a 3D-printed Flight Box to house the winning experiment

 

This Challenge is designed to allow teams with all levels of experience to participate, and we plan to provide lots of information along the way! The winning teams will also have access to technical support and office hours with Future Engineers experts during the experiment buildup. Check out the Education Resources section below for ideas on potential topics that students might explore for an experiment. Also stay tuned for more planning, brainstorming, and 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). We will be releasing a lot more information in August, but for questions about the challenge, please contact support@futureengineers.org.

 

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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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
**
SUMMER 2022
Experiments Launch
**
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

Climate
Imaging & Sensing
Microgravity
Moon
Mars
Suborbital Vehicles
Digital Tools
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Climate
Imaging & Sensing
Microgravity
Moon
Mars
Suborbital Vehicles
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.