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April 24, 2024

NASA Announces 30th Human Exploration Rover Challenge Winners


Photo: Students from Universidad Catolica Boliviana prepare to traverse the course at the 2024 Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC) at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. Photo Credits: NASA/Taylor Goodwin.

WASHINGTON, April 22, 2024 — NASA has announced the winners of the 30th Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC). Parish Episcopal School from Dallas won the high school division, and the University of Alabama in Huntsville captured the college/university title.

The annual engineering competition is one of NASA’s longest-standing challenges and was held on April 19-20 at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama, near NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center. The complete list of 2024 award winners appears below:

• High School Division

• College/University Division

• Ingenuity Award

• Phoenix Award

• Task Challenge Award

• Project Review Award

• Featherweight Award

• Safety Award

• Crash and Burn Award

• Jeff Norris and Joe Sexton Memorial Pit Crew Award

• Team Spirit Award

• Most Improved Performance Award

• Social Media Award

• STEM Engagement Award

• Artemis Educator Award

• Rookie of the Year

More than 600 students from 72 teams worldwide participated in the Human Exploration Rover Challenge (HERC), which celebrated its 30th anniversary as a NASA competition. Participating teams represented 42 colleges and universities and 30 high schools from 24 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and 13 other nations worldwide. Teams were awarded points based on navigating a half-mile obstacle course, conducting mission-specific task challenges, and completing multiple safety and design reviews with NASA engineers.

“This student design challenge encourages the next generation of scientists and engineers to engage in the design process by providing innovative concepts and unique perspectives,” said Vemitra Alexander, HERC activity lead for NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement at Marshall. “While celebrating the 30th anniversary of the challenge, HERC also continues NASA’s legacy of providing valuable experiences to students who may be responsible for planning future space missions, including crewed missions to other worlds.”

HERC is one of NASA’s eight Artemis Student Challenges reflecting the goals of the Artemis program, which seeks to land the first woman and first person of color on the Moon while establishing a long-term presence for science and exploration. NASA uses such challenges to encourage students to pursue degrees and careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

HERC is managed by NASA’s Southeast Regional Office of STEM Engagement at Marshall. Since its inception in 1994, more than 15,000 students have participated in HERC - with many former students now working at NASA or within the aerospace industry.



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