The ROADS on Asteroids Challenge is officially open and moving virtual this year!
The ROADS on Asteroids challenge gives teams of students grades 3–12 a chance to tackle a mission to the asteroids. Teams will plan and simulate a mission to the “snowman” feature on the asteroid Vesta (see below). The mission will include an impactor from height onto the surface, drone landing and takeoff, and robotic navigation across potentially hazardous surfaces to look for the building blocks for life.
You can use ROADS on Asteroids with your students in three ways:
- 2020–2021 national student challenge — Register your team with NESSP and complete the Mission Objectives at the same time as hundreds of other teams across the U.S. Top teams will win prizes! Challenge runs October 2020 – April 2021. See below for more information on the ROADS on Asteroids challenge.
- Course curriculum — Educators can incorporate ROADS on Asteroids as a hands-on module in their curriculum. Use the full set of the Companion Course units and lessons, or select just a few relevant to your curriculum. Registering a team for the 2020–2021 student challenge is encouraged but not required. See this page for more information on our course curriculum program.
- Summer program — ROADS activities also make great programs for summer camps! In the early months of 2021, expect an announcement regarding summer camps — including updates on whether in-person summer camps will be allowed, virtual summer camps as an alternative, and professional development trainings available for summer camp educators. See this page for general information on our summer camps program.
Register your team and complete the Mission Objectives — U.S. Top teams will win prizes! Challenge runs October 2020 – April 2021. Register early to qualify for equipment and supplies!
Register for the ROADS on Asteroids Challenge by Friday, November 20, 2020. More information can be found here: https://nwessp.org/asteroids/about/