Take remote learning a little further — as in 250,000 miles further. NASA collaborated with Future Engineers to create the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest. The contest, open to U.S. students in grades K-12, launches on Tuesday, Sept. 15 and runs through Dec. 17, 2020, challenging participants to imagine leading a one-week expedition to the Moon’s the South Pole.

Just imagine: You and a crew of astronauts will explore the lunar surface, making discoveries to assist future explorers. Describe your team — the number of astronauts in your crew, the skills they possess, their personality traits, and the attributes you would want in crewmates. Next, what machine, piece of technology, or robot would you leave behind on the lunar surface to help future astronauts explore the Moon?

There is so much to research before writing your essay! Visit the EDUCATION RESOURCES section in the official link to learn about the moon, NASA’s Artemis program, and to brainstorm your expedition. Artemis is committed to landing the first woman and the next man on the Moon by 2024, and they are excited for you to join in the adventure. Every student who submits an entry will receive a certificate from NASA and be invited to a special NASA virtual event – with an astronaut!

Selected semifinalists will be invited to represent their state or territory in a series of Artemis Explorer sessions with NASA experts. Nine finalists will travel with a parent to NASA’s Johnson Space Center next summer to learn about lunar exploration, and the national winner in each grade division will win a family trip to see the first Artemis test launch to watch the most powerful rocket in the world launch from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Godspeed and good luck!

 Benefits

  • Every student who submits an essay will receive an official certificate and be invited to a NASA virtual event featuring an astronaut!
  • Semifinalists will be invited to represent their state or territory in a series of Artemis Explorer sessions with NASA experts.
  • Nine finalists will have the opportunity to travel with a parent to NASA’s Johnson Space Center next summer to learn about lunar exploration.
  • The national winner in each grade division will win a family trip to see the first Artemis flight test, watching the most-powerful rocket in the world launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

 Eligibilities

  • Candidates should be from: United States of America
  • Individual K-12 Students in US public, private, and home schools (including U.S. territories & possessions and schools operated by the U.S. for the children of American personnel overseas).
  • NO team entries allowed!
  • Children and students who live in the same household with NASA employees cannot enter. For all eligibility details, please refer to the rules.
  • Your entry must meet these requirements: 
    • Grades K-4: Essay, up to 100 words
    • Grades 5-8: Essay, up to 200 words
    • Grades 9-12: Essay, up to 300 words
    • Please DO NOT put your name in your entry
    • For all entry requirements and judging criteria please read the RULES in the Apply Now link.

Eligible Regions: Open for U.S.A

 APPLICATION PROCESS

  • Grades K-4: Essay, up to 100 words
  • Grades 5-8: Essay, up to 200 words
  • Grades 9-12: Essay, up to 300 words
  • Please DO NOT put your name in your entry
  • For all entry requirements and judging criteria please read the RULES in the Apply Now link.

Application Deadline: December 18, 2020

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