NASA is encouraging K-12 students to let their imaginations run wild in a new competition with some great prizes.
While the space agency is currently preparing an ambitious Artemis mission for 2024 that will see the first woman and next man to step on the lunar surface, NASA's Moon Pod competition challenges students to imagine leading a week-long expedition to our closest neighbor and write about it in a short essay.
"Tell us about the types of skills, attributes, and / or personality traits your Moon Pod crew is expected to have and why," read a message on their website announcing the competition. “How many would you have in your capsule? And of course you need high-tech equipment and appliances! Also describe in your essay a machine, robot, or technology that you would leave on the surface of the moon to help future astronauts explore the moon. "
Calling all creative K-12 heads: who would your dream team be with to explore the moon? What would you use to help with your mission?
Submit your #Artemis Moon Pod attachment to travel to @NASAKennedy for the Artemis I test launch: https://t.co/TehG0H3riy pic.twitter.com/LJfHyh1ryh
– NASA (@NASA) September 15, 2020
The length of the essay depends on the age of the student. The youngest participants only have to write up to 100 words, the oldest no more than 300.
NASA encourages contestants to do some research before submitting their entry by reviewing some of the moon-related resources from Future Engineers that will help run the competition.
The grand prize, given to the winners of each class class, is a family trip to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in 2021 to watch the first Artemis test launch with the world's most powerful rocket.
Other prizes include trips to NASA's Johnson Space Center, Artemis prize packages, and invitations to Artemis Explorer virtual sessions hosted by NASA experts.
Each student who submits a contribution receives a certificate from the space agency and is invited to a special NASA virtual event with an astronaut among the distinguished guests.
The competition is free and ends on December 17th.
For more information on how to enter, see the Future Engineers website.