NASA is seeking Wyoming entries for their Exploration Design Challenge. In March, NASA announced a partnership with Lockheed Martin, inviting students K-12 to learn more about radiation. Students will use age-appropriate activities to investigate space radiation and its effects on humans and hardware traveling to deep space destinations.
Children in grades K-4 participating in the program will complete NASA education activities related to radiation. Upon completion of the activities, a teacher or another adult may submit the students’ names to be flown on the Orion space vehicle’s test flight in 2014 as an honorary virtual crew member.
Students in grades 5-8 interested in the program may participate in a similar educational experience, but may also design and develop a radiation shield prototype. Instructions, guidebooks and related content are available on the Exploration Design Challenge website
High School students may take part in the development of a radiation shield prototype that meets an established criteria and constraints. Teams will submit their designs and the top five designs will be tested in a virtual radiation simulator. The winning team will travel to Florida for Orion’s launch and have its design flown aboard the spacecraft.
Dr. Jim Verley with the Wyoming Department of Education comments on this unique opportunity.