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October 19, 2023

Dozens of Student Teams Worldwide to Compete in NASA Rover Challenge



Photo: Indian Ambassador Taranjit Sandhu signs the Artemis Accords, as U.S. Department of State, Deputy Assistant Secretary for India, Nancy Jackson, left, NASA Administrator Bill Nelson, and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Space Counsellor Krunal Joshi, right, look on, Wednesday, June 21, 2023, at the Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington. India is the 27th country to sign the Artemis Accords, establishing a practical set of principles to guide space exploration cooperation among nations participating in NASA’s Artemis program. Photo Credit: (NASA/Bill Ingalls).

WASHINGTON, October 18, 2023 — NASA has announced that it has selected 72 student teams to participate in an engineering design challenge. The challenge involves building human-powered rovers that will compete next April at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

The Human Exploration Rover Challenge will celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2024. It invites high school, college, and university students to design, build, and test lightweight, human-powered rovers on an obstacle course that simulates lunar and Martian terrain. The teams will also be required to complete mission-focused science tasks.

These student teams come from various high schools, colleges, and universities. They represent 42 colleges and universities, 30 high schools from 24 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico in the USA, and 13 other countries worldwide. Student teams from High schools, colleges, and universities selected from India come from the following cities: Goa, Bengaluru, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Faridabad, and Chandigarh.

NASA believes this authentic learning challenge will encourage students to improve their understanding of collaboration, inquiry, and problem-solving strategies. Vemitra Alexander, rover challenge activity lead, Office of STEM Engagement at NASA Marshall, stated that “improving these critical real-world skills will benefit our students throughout their academic and professional careers.

During the nine-month challenge, students must complete design and safety reviews that mirror the process used by NASA engineers and scientists. The agency also has vehicle weight and size requirements, encouraging students to consider lightweight construction materials and stowage efficiency, as they will have to replicate similar payload restrictions to NASA launch operations.

Throughout the project year, teams will earn points by completing design reviews and fabricating a rover capable of meeting all criteria while completing course obstacles and mission tasks. The teams with the highest points accumulated throughout the year will win their respective divisions. The challenge will conclude with an April 19 and April 20, 2024, event at the U.S. Rocket and Space Center.

This competition is one of the nine Artemis Student Challenges and reflects the goals of NASA’s Artemis program, which includes landing the first woman and first person of color on the Moon. The NASA Southeast Regional Office of STEM Engagement at Marshall manages it. NASA uses challenges and competitions to encourage students to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

• NASA has selected the following 72 student teams to begin an engineering design challenge to build human-powered rovers that will compete next April at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, near the agency’s Marshall Space Flight Center:

Source: NASA

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