About the ROADS on Mars Student Challenge

ROADS on Mars is a team challenge for grades 3–12. The challenge follows in the path of the Mars 2020 rover and focuses on guiding students in understanding Rover Observation And Drone Survey.


ROADS on Mars has two program options — academic year and summer programs. Registration for academic year programs remains open ONLY for Alaska and Hawaii. Registration for summer programs is now open.

ROADS calendar

The ROADS on Mars challenge offers a full academic year of activities and virtual events. The next two upcoming calendar entries are listed below. Visit the ROADS calendar for the full listing!

February 2020
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Hubs both in-person and virtual create a network of regional challenges across the continental United States. Most regional challenge hubs will hold their final event in spring 2020. A few hubs are running the ROADS Challenge as a summer program to coincide with the launch of Mars 2020.


The grand prize to the top team from Regional Challenge Hubs is a trip to Kennedy Space Center for the launch of Mars 2020! All teams who register and participate in the ROADS on Mars Challenge will receive a NASA certificate of participation.


The ROADS on Mars Challenge is growing and reaching more students across the country thanks to the support from our sponsors.