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Welcome to the

Lunar Research Station Design Challenge

Congratulations! You have selected to participate in NASA’s worldwide Lunar Research Station Design Challenge. This challenge is primarily intended for students in grades 5-8, but teachers have been able to adapt our challenges to other grades as well, so all are welcome. This challenge addresses the theme of simulating fieldwork to be used on the Moon. Locations for fieldwork are centered on Moon analogs, or areas on Earth that are similar to Mars in some way. Your students will be adapting what they learn by shadowing NASA scientists at the MDRS and designing items needed for their mission to the moon.

In order to continue to receive funding for this type of program, it is necessary for us to receive feedback from our participants. As a participant in the Challenge, you will be asked to complete the tasks outlined in the schedule below. Please insure that these challenge programs can continue by helping us with some simple reporting:

Before the Challenge   
Soon after registration/
before starting the challenge
During the Challenge  
  • Students research and design process
    with Experts available to help        
  • Webchat with MDRS participants
October 23 @ 10:00 a.m. Pacific
  • Submit Preliminary designs by
October 31
  • Experts review & give feedback on designs.    
November 6 - 13
  • Submit final designs by.
November 30
  • Attend the live web cast.

December 12 @ 9:00 a.m. Pacific

After the Challenge  
  • Administer Student Post-Challenge Survey (as above)           
  • Complete Teacher Reaction Questionnaire
    (about 20 min. online)           
Early December


*Assign Student ID's
In order to accurately track and assess data and, at the same time, to ensure student confidentiality, you will need to assign a four-digit ID for each student. Please record your student names and ID numbers where you can find them after the challenge to be used in the post-challenge survey. This master list of ID numbers should be kept in a safe place throughout the Challenge so that you can refer to it in the event a student forgets his/her number.

Only you will know which student names are assigned to the ID numbers, so please make sure students properly enter their 4-digit number on the surveys and questionnaires.

NOTE: It is important that your students complete the Pre-Challenge Survey before you begin the Challenge activities. Go to:

Thank you for your interest in the Lunar Research Station Design Challenge. Instructional plans are available for use after your classroom Pre-Challenge Surveys are submitted.

We look forward to working with you over the next several months!

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NASA Official: Mark León
Last Updated: May 2005
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