NESSP’s 2019–2020 ROADS on Mars Student Challenge is currently grounded, but we’re still offering ways for everyone to keep their Mars skills sharp. We’re calling it “ROADS on Mars Freestyle,” and it’s open to anyone in the U.S. and territories in grades K–12! Just as the ROADS on Mars Student Challenge “follows in the path of” the Mars2020 mission, the Freestyle challenge will follow in the path of the ROADS on Mars Student Challenge. What this means is that teams will replicate — at their homes! — many of the mission objectives from the original ROADS on Mars Student Challenge.
As you are all aware, the coronavirus outbreak has been declared a pandemic and schools are being closed nationwide. Our ROADS on Mars Student Challenge, educator summit, and summer camps are all suspended indefinitely.
The ROADS on Mars hub event for Washington state is indefinitely postponed.
As our ROADS on Mars Student Challenge nears its spring hub events, we have watched as the COVID-19 outbreak moves across the United States. To make sure all our teams have the chance to complete the final ROADS challenge in a way that keeps everyone safe and healthy while also making sure everyone still has a shot at the top prize, NESSP is transitioning our hub final challenge events to virtual events.
The Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline is a collaborative K-12 education effort serving students, teachers, and their diverse communities throughout the Pacific Northwest.