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WINNERS

High Altitude Influence on Composite Curing
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High-Altitude Balloon Winner
TOOELE COMMUNITY LEARNING CENTER
Tooele, UT
Altitude and Pollution Correlation
1
High-Altitude Balloon Winner
INTERLAKE SENIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Bellevue, WA
The effects of UV rays on the germination of Heinzeed tomato seeds.
1
High-Altitude Balloon Winner
ODYSSEY ACADEMY INC
Galveston, TX
High-Altitude Research and data Visualization (HARV)
1
High-Altitude Balloon Winner
HENAGAR JR HIGH SCH
Henagar, AL
Monitoring Gas and Oil Well Emissions
1
High-Altitude Balloon Winner
ANDERSON CLARK MAGNET HIGH SCHOOL
La Crescenta, CA
Climate Catastrophe
1
High-Altitude Balloon Winner
ROBERTO CLEMENTE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Germantown, MD
Testing Air Quality, Chemical Composition, and Pollutants
1
High-Altitude Balloon Winner
LAKE CITY HIGH SCHOOL
Coeur d Alene, ID
Through trials of tension: Trouble or Triumph?
1
High-Altitude Balloon Winner
ESCUELA SECUNDARIA DE LA UNIVERSIDAD DE PUERTO RICO
San Juan, PR
Atmospheric Measurement of Noxious Gases Using Sensors - “A.M.O.N.G.U.S.”
1
High-Altitude Balloon Winner
SEWANHAKA HIGH SCHOOL
Floral Park, NY
Mission Impossible: Life in the Atmosphere
1
High-Altitude Balloon Winner
CONNETQUOT HIGH SCHOOL
Bohemia, NY
Effectiveness of Aerogel in Insulation Against Radiation
1
High-Altitude Balloon Winner
ADVANCED TECHNOLOGIES ACADEMY
Las Vegas, NV
Effects on Skin exposed to Solar Radiation at High Altitudes
1
High-Altitude Balloon Winner
DICKSON MIDDLE SCHOOL
Dickson, TN
Measure the Temperature in the Atmosphere
1
High-Altitude Balloon Winner
HIAWATHA MIDDLE SCHOOL
Hiawatha, KS
The Effect of High Altitude on Color Perception
1
High-Altitude Balloon Winner
SAXE MIDDLE SCHOOL
New Canaan, CT
Reaction of Methane with other Pollutants in the Troposphere
1
High-Altitude Balloon Winner
ASHEVILLE HIGH
Asheville, NC
Should Airline Passengers and Astronauts Wear Sunscreen?
1
High-Altitude Balloon Winner
NORTH PUTNAM MIDDLE SCH
Roachdale, IN
Ionizing Radiation in the Regener-Pfotzer Maximum
1
High-Altitude Balloon Winner
MONTE DEL SOL CHARTER
Santa Fe, NM
Measuring flux of muons in cosmic rays at very high altitudes with an...
1
High-Altitude Balloon Winner
LOUISVILLE MALE HIGH SCHOOL
Louisville, KY
Radiation Shielding in the Upper Atmosphere
1
High-Altitude Balloon Winner
THE VANGUARD SCHOOL (HIGH)
Colorado Springs, CO
How Does Radiation Change as Altitude Increase and Does Radiation...
1
High-Altitude Balloon Winner
FLINT CULTURAL CENTER ACADEMY
Flint, MI
Pin and Disc Tribology Test in Micro Gravity
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
MANCHESTER JR-SR HIGH SCHOOL
North Manchester, IN
Observing Chemical Reactions in Microgravity
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
ARAGON HIGH
San Mateo, CA
How Water Moves Through Soil in Microgravity
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
HUNTLEY PROJECT 7-8
Worden, MT
Automatic Ink Printer Designed for Microgravity
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
ARIZONA VIRTUAL ACADEMY
Phoenix, AZ
Using Wind to Power a LED Light in Microgravity
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
GRACE E METZ MIDDLE SCHOOL
Manassas, VA
Oobleck in Microgravity
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
SAINT MARYS MIDDLE SCHOOL
Saint Marys, GA
Exploring the Effectiveness of Photo-Analysis Threat Identification in...
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
WORCESTER ACADEMY
Worcester, MA
Budget Space Based Solar Panel
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
SIOUX FALLS CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS
Sioux Falls, SD
Surface Catheter for Pooling Blood
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
EAST COOPER CENTER FOR ADVANCED STUDIES
Mount Pleasant, SC
Correlation between amplitude and frequency of a spacecraft's...
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
MONTGOMERY HIGH SCHOOL
Skillman, NJ
Pascal in Space
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
BURLINGTON TECHNICAL CENTER
Burlington, VT
!! Space Coffee Grinder !! Grinding up coffee beans for a perfect cup...
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
PAWNEE HEIGHTS
Rozel, KS
Magnetic Space Junk Collector
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
SAINT PAUL OF THE CROSS SCHOOL
Park Ridge, IL
Gyroscope Momentum in Microgravity
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
STEM LAB
Denver, CO
Masters of Microgravity
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
ARGYLE MIDDLE
Silver Spring, MD
Granular Flow
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
MAKUA LANI CHRISTIAN ACADEMY
Kailua Kona, HI
How will Hydrophobic and Non-Hydrophobic Sponges React with Water in...
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
ASU PREPARATORY ACADEMY-POLYTECHNIC HIGH SCHOOL
Mesa, AZ
Capillary action of fluids of different viscosity in microgravity to...
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
TORNILLO HIGH SCHOOL
Tornillo, TX
Nora Strate-Seaweed Based Substrate for E. T. Travel
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
PENNFIELD MS
Hatfield, PA
GRAM
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
WASHINGTON LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL
Arlington, VA
The Paint of Space
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
PAXON HOLLOW MS
Broomall, PA
Orbital Renewable Bio Spheres (ORBS)
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
DIAMOND BAR HIGH
Diamond Bar, CA
Wave Propagation in Fluids under Zero-Gravity
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
WISH ACADEMY HIGH SCHOOL
Los Angeles, CA
Futuristic Farming
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
SCOTCH PLAINS-FANWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
Scotch Plains, NJ
Lunar Regolith Simulant Behavior in Microgravity Environments: A NASA...
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
MARQUETTE HIGH SCHOOL
Chesterfield, MO
Determining how microgravity affects water purification via a...
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
MCNEIL H S
Austin, TX
Gateway Shipping - Space
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
MADISON JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL
Rexburg, ID
Perpetual Capillary Effect
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
RANSOM EVERGLADES SCHOOL
Miami, FL
PEARe-Asteroid Dust Collection System
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
HIGHLAND HIGH SCHOOL
Medina, OH
Micro-Gravity Nail Clipper Attachment
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
BRENTWOOD HIGH SCHOOL
Brentwood, NY
Stab Science
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
GREELY MIDDLE SCHOOL
Cumberland Center, ME
Bernoulli’s Principle: Compressibility of Water in Microgravity
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
NORTH OCONEE HIGH SCHOOL
Bogart, GA
Artifical Gravity
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
HOLLY SPRINGS HIGH SCHOOL
Holly Springs, NC
Testing if Density Exists in Zero Gravity
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
FAYETTE JR/SR HIGH SCHOOL
Fayette, OH
Preventing Lunar Dust Damage
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
GREATER LOWELL TECHNICAL HIGH SCHOOL
Tyngsboro, MA
Space Race (Game)
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
THADEN SCHOOL
Bentonville, AR
Project BitFlip
1
Suborbital Rocket Winner
NEWCASTLE HIGH SCHOOL
Newcastle, WY
Learn About 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 sixth to 12th-grade at a U.S. public, private, or charter school, your challenge is to team up with your schoolmates and develop an experiment for one of the following flight test vehicles:
 
  • Suborbital rocket with about three minutes of microgravity (i.e., weightlessness)
  • High-altitude balloon with more than four hours of flight time at 70,000 feet, exposure to Earth’s atmosphere, and views of our planet
A total of 57 winning teams will each receive $1,500 to build their experiment, a 3D-printed flight box in which to build it, and an assigned spot to test their experiment on a NASA-sponsored suborbital flight. The winning teams will also have access to technical support and office hours with Future Engineers experts when building their experiments. Please watch the video below to learn more about the challenge. 
 
Steps to Enter
Entries Due By: November 3, 2021
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Step 1 - FORM A TEAM
Make a team with at least four students and one Team Lead (teacher or school employee). All students must be in sixth – 12th grade and attend the same U.S. public, private, or charter school. There is no maximum number of students per team.
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Step 2 - CHOOSE ROCKET OR BALLOON
Decide whether a suborbital rocket or high-altitude balloon is best for your project by watching the videos and reviewing the rocket and balloon design guidelines. Once you choose your vehicle, you can plan your experiment idea using the resources below.
Pick a Vehicle: Balloon or Rocket Slide Deck

Rocket

About Suborbital Rockets
play
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Step 3 - Plan YOUR ROCKET EXPERIMENT
BRAINSTORM
There are many experiment ideas to consider! The brainstorming topics below will help your team think about possible experiment ideas to test on a suborbital rocket.
Rocket Brainstorm Worksheet
Rocket Brainstorm Slide Deck
DESIGN
Now it’s time to design your experiment! Think about what components you would use to bring your experiment idea to life. From motors to sensors to microcontrollers, explore the components you would use. You do NOT need to build your idea unless your team is selected as a winner.
Explore Components Design Worksheet
Plan Your Experiment Design Slide Deck
OR

Balloon

About High-Altitude Balloons
play
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Step 3 - Plan YOUR Balloon EXPERIMENT
BRAINSTORM
There are many experiment ideas to consider! The brainstorming topics below will help your team think about possible experiment ideas to test on a high-altitude balloon.
Balloon Brainstorm Worksheet
Balloon Brainstorm Slide Deck
DESIGN
Now it’s time to design your experiment! Think about what components you would use to bring your experiment idea to life. From motors to sensors to microcontrollers, explore the components you would use. You do NOT need to build your idea unless your team is selected as a winner.
Explore Components Design Worksheet
Plan Your Experiment Design Slide Deck
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Step 4 - SUBMIT PROPOSAL
Write up the experiment idea using the NASA TechRise Proposal Template and Guide. After your team writes up the proposal, the teacher or school employee must submit the proposal on or before November 3, 2021 to enter the challenge. Educators/schools can submit an unlimited number of proposals for an unlimited number of teams, but each proposal should be unique.
NASA TECHRISE PROPOSAL TEMPLATE & GUIDE
Winners Announced
January 21, 2022
A total of 57 winning teams will receive a prize package that consists of: $1,500 to build your experiment, a flight box in which to build your experiment, and an assigned spot for the winning experiment on a NASA-sponsored flight. The winning teams will also have access to technical support and office hours with Future Engineers experts during the experiment build period.
BUILD & LAUNCH YOUR EXPERIMENT
January 2022 - Early 2023
Winning teams can start building their experiment immediately after the winner’s announcement on January 21, 2022. The winners will also be notified of their vehicle assignment and provided with a specific technical setup guide to simulate the vehicle’s power and data connection during the experiment build period. Per the rules, all experiments must be mailed to Future Engineers no later than October 31, 2022; however, we encourage teams to target a June 2022 completion to align with the 2021/22 academic school year.
Prize Boxes Sent
January 2022
Build Experiment
Begins January 2022
Send In Experiment
Target: June 2022
Experiment Launches
Early 2023
 
 

DATES / JUDGING CRITERIA / PRIZES

You have to play by the rules to win.

WHO CAN ENTER

The NASA TechRise Challenge is for SCHOOLS in the United States. U.S. public, private, or charter schools that serve sixth 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 as stated in the RULES.
GRADES 6-12
SCHOOL CLASSES
GRADES 6-12
SCHOOL CLUBS
GRADES 6-12
SCHOOL TEAMS

JUDGING CRITERIA

High-Altitude Balloon
Suborbital Rocket
 
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POINTS
Originality of the Flight Experiment Idea
25
POINTS
Impact on Education and/or Society
25
POINTS
Quality of the Build Plan and Compliance with the Design Guidelines
25
POINTS
Timeline Feasibility
5
POINTS
5 Bonus Points Awarded if School is Title 1 Eligible
25
POINTS
Originality of the Flight Experiment Idea
25
POINTS
Impact on Education and/or Society
25
POINTS
Quality of the Build Plan and Compliance with the Design Guidelines
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 FAQ prior to creating your entry.

Challenge Rules FAQ

STUDENTS

Develop an experiment idea with your school team and fill out the Proposal Template. 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. 



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

PRIZES

 

Dive Into The Challenge

CLICK A TOPIC BELOW TO GET IDEAS FOR YOUR EXPERIMENT

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