NASA TechRise Student Challenge

NASA TechRise Student Challenge logo over a background image that shows a balloon and rocket or plane in a colorful illustrated styleNASA is currently seeking student teams in grades 6-12 to design experiments that, if chosen, will be tested on a high-altitude balloon or a rocket-powered lander. Student teams of four or more under the guidance of an educator are encouraged to enter and 60 winning teams will be selected to turn their proposed experiment idea into reality. Winners will receive $1,500 to build their experiment, a 3D printed flight box in which to build it, and an assigned spot for their payload on a NASA-sponsored flight test next summer, 2024! 

The TechRise Student Challenge, in its third year, gives students across the country hands-on insight into the payload design and flight test process, with the goal of inspiring a deeper understanding of space exploration, Earth observation, coding, electronics, and the value of test data. Please find more information below, including important dates, and share this far and wide so as many as possible can get involved! 

Important Dates: 

·       Aug. 31: Virtual Educator Workshop #1 RSVP HERE 

·       Sept. 14: Virtual Educator Workshop #2 RSVP HERE 

·       Sept. 29: Virtual student field trip RSVP HERE 

·       Oct. 20: Experiments submissions due  

Flight Vehicle Info: 

1.     The high-altitude balloon will provide approximately four hours of flight time at 70,000 feet with exposure to Earth’s atmosphere, high-altitude radiation, and perspective views of Earth. 

2.     The suborbital rocket-powered lander will fly for approximately two minutes at an altitude of approximately 80 feet over a test field designed to look like the Moon’s surface.   

Just this summer, winning experiments from the previous two TechRise challenges took flight and student teams across the country are in the process of retrieving and analyzing their data. You can learn more about the launches here: NASA TechRise Student Payloads Explore New Heights and NASA TechRise Student Challenge Tests Experiments in the Stratosphere. 

All TechRise Student Challenge info + submission guidelines can be found here: