National student challenges

NESSP’s student challenges program brings our STEM education expertise to educators and students across the United States. Challenges center around a specific scientific topic or NASA mission and create opportunities for educators to participate in NESSP-provided professional development and for students to work together in teams to tackle STEM topics. Challenges culminate in events at regional hubs around the U.S., with top teams earning visits to NASA centers such as Johnson Space Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, Kennedy Space Center, Ames Research Center, and the Jet Propulsion Lab.

Current challenge

ROADS on Mars

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.

What’s happening next with the ROADS Challenge?

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Past challenges

ROADS on Mars — Freestyle! (2020)

When NESSP's 2019–2020 ROADS on Mars Student Challenge was grounded during the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we still offered ways for students to keep their Mars skills sharp. We called it "ROADS on Mars Freestyle."

ANGLeS Challenge (2018–2019)

The Apollo Next Giant Leap Student (ANGLeS) Challenge was a national challenge celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission by giving students the chance to recreate the landing using drones and robots, focusing on making it accessible for underrepresented and underserved communities.