NASA Contest Challenges Kids to Imagine a Trip to the Moon
NASA is encouraging K-12 students to let their imagination run in a new competition that has some awesome prizes.
With the space agency currently preparing an ambitious Artemis mission for 2024 that will see the first woman and the next man set foot on the lunar surface, NASA’s Moon Pod challenged students to find their nearest neighbor Imagine a week-long campaign and write about it. In a short essay.
In a message announcing the competition on its website, NASA said, “Tell us about the skills, qualities and / or personality traits you want your Moon Pod crew to have and why.” “How many will be in your pod? And of course you will need high-tech gear and gadgets! In your essay, describe a machine, robot, or technology that you will drop on the lunar surface to help future astronauts explore the moon. “
Calling all K-12 creative minds: Who will be your dream team to explore the moon? What will you do to help in your mission?
– NASA (@NASA) September 15, 2020
The length of the essay depends on the age of the student, with the youngest entrants only needing to write 100 words, and the oldest number not to exceed 300.
NASA encourages participants to check out some moon-focused resources provided by future engineers to give them a place of research before penning their piece, which is helping to run the competition.
The top prize, awarded to winners in each grade division, is a family trip to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2021 to witness the first Artemis test launch involving the most powerful rocket in the world.
Other awards include invitations to NASA’s Johnson Space Center, the Artemis Prize Pack and virtual Artemis Explorer sessions hosted by NASA experts.
Each student who submits an entry will receive a certificate from the space agency and will also be invited to a special NASA virtual event with an astronaut among distinguished guests.
The competition is free to enter and close on 17 December.
For more information on how to enter, see the Future Engineers website.