ROADS on Mars Challenge

8/31/2020 The ROADS on Mars Challenge is back, with submissions due September 28th. If you are still interested in competing please email Mario ASAP. 

3/18/2020 The ROADS on Mars Challenge has been suspended until further notice. 

We do not want students attempting to complete the challenge and running the risk of being infected. Therefore, to ensure everyone’s safety we are indefinitely suspending the ROADS on Mars Student Challenge. Your efforts will not have been in vain as we WILL restart the program once an all clear is given to health authorities — we will keep the objectives unchanged and there will still be the funded trips to a NASA Center.

We also plan on having a few additional science matter expert talks, so please stay tuned! We will announce upcoming online activities — and the restart of the challenge — as details are available. (Source)


3/11/20 Today New Mexico Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham declared a public health emergency in response to the COVID-19 Coronavirus and encouraged New Mexicans to avoid large gatherings and events to help limit community spread. We had already put plans in motion to move ROADS to a virtual event, and will be meeting in the next few days to finalize the logistic for this transition. Please watch your emails and the website for more information. 


3/10/20 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 ROADS on Mars challenge gives teams of students grades 3–12 a chance to tackle a mission to Mars, following in the path of the next rover — Mars 2020. Just like the next rover, teams will face challenges including engineering and programming, analysis of biological signatures and geologic features, not to mention flying to Mars and successfully landing.

Top teams from across the country will win a trip to Kennedy Space Center for the launch of Mars 2020!


Challenge Manual vs. 1.1

Educator Resources 

Professional Development Opportunities – Coming Soon


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Past Professional Developments – Drones and EV3 (From ANGLES Challenge 2019) 

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