Back in the 1960s, NASA’s Apollo program landed the first humans on the moon. In the 1970s, NASA sent the Viking probes to Mars. In the 1980s, the Space Shuttle program took astronauts into space on a regular basis and for longer and longer missions.
And now, NASA is looking to the not-too-distant future when humans will step onto the moon again — and when they’ll take that long, giant leap onto Mars. Now it’s your turn.
To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and to prepare for the next giant leap, NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (NESSP) and NASA Texas Space Grant Consortium invites students to enter the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge — the ANGLeS Challenge. Open to students in grades 5-12 across the United States and territories from school groups to members of youth organizations, the event challenges student teams to recreate the Apollo 11 moon landing using a drone and a LEGO Mindstorm robot.
Organizations will run the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge locally to select a team to advance to the nearest regional challenge hub. The top team at each regional challenge hub will earn the grand prize of a trip to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas!
WHO CAN PARTICIPATE?
The ANGLeS Challenge is open to all students in the United States and territories who are in grades 5-12. We encourage everyone to give the challenge a try!
WHAT ARE THE PRIZES?
The top team from each regional challenge hub will receive a trip to Johnson Space Center in August 2019.
The top team from each state, Washington D.C., and territories will receive official recognition, even if your area doesn’t have a regional challenge hub.
WHAT’S THE CHALLENGE?
Each team will build a replica of the lunar module and use a remote-controlled drone to land it on an 8-by-10-foot map of the moon’s surface. Students will modify and program a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot to then explore the lunar surface and bring back a rock sample.
High school students will also use the drone to retrieve the team’s lunar module and bring it back to the starting line.
The Texas hub state competition for the 20 finalists will be on July 20, 2019, in Austin, Texas.
TEXAS ANGLeS TEAMS:
This is a reminder that videos, portfolios, and scoresheets are due by June 24 in order for your team to be considered for the state Texas HUB invitation. Please upload to: http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/apollo50/local.html
Invitations to the state HUB competition will be sent July 1.
TEXAS ANGLeS CHALLENGE
ORGANIZERS & TRAINERS:
- Access the online Lego EV3 Robotics and Drone Training at: https://nwessp.org/apollo50/for-organizers/
- Register your team by April 15 at: https://nwessp.org/apollo50/registration/
- All organizations must register by APRIL 15, 2019, to participate in ANGLeS, regardless of whether they intend to participate in a Regional Challenge Event.
- Select Date & Location for Texas Challenge Hub & Register your teams HERE. SPACE IS LIMITED
- Download the ANGLeS Texas Regional Supplement Manual
- February – June: Conduct challenge with your students
- We will announce regional competition dates and locations after the professional development is completed.
- July 20 – Date of the state competition to be held at the Bullock Texas State History Museum.
While it isn’t a requirement for formal and informal educators to attend one of these sessions, those attending are eligible to receive materials and supplies for their programs such as drone and robotics kits.