An Exciting Opportunity for Grades 6-12 Students: NASA’s TechRise Student Challenge

NASA is initiating a new competition for the 2021/2022 school year, asking student teams to design, build, and launch experiments on suborbital rockets and balloon flights. 

The challenge will start accepting entries August 18, 2021. Teams of 6th-12th Grade students from U.S. public, private, or charter schools can submit ideas for climate or remote-sensing experiments to fly on a high-altitude balloon, and space exploration experiments to fly aboard a suborbital rocket.

Winners will receive $1,500 to build their payloads and an assigned spot on a NASA-sponsored commercial suborbital flight.

Resources for Educators

NASA and Future Engineers, the challenge administrator, will offer a series of virtual events for educators to hear from NASA experts and learn more about this exciting opportunity for students.

  • NASA TechRise educator summer workshopswill dive into the basics of electronics, coding, and designing for flight. The first workshop will be Wednesday, July 28, and repeated Wednesday, Aug. 11.
  • The challenge kick-off event was held as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s 8th annual ED Games Expo. Both an excerptof this session and the full recording are available for viewing.

To learn more, visit the NASA TechRise Student Challenge website.

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