K-12 Moon Pod Essay Contest

NASA MoonPod Essay Contest

NASA is committed to landing the first woman and next man on the lunar surface by 2024, and you can be a part of it!

In collaboration with Future Engineers, NASA has created the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest.

The contest, which is open to all (public, private, and home school) students in grades K-12, asks participants to imagine they are leading a one-week expedition to the Moon’s South Pole. In the essay, students will need to describe to NASA what (and who) they would bring to help make their expedition a success.

The essay: You and a crew of astronauts will explore the lunar surface, making discoveries to assist future explorers. Describe your team the number of astronauts in your crew, the skills they possess, their personality traits, and the attributes you would want in crew mates. Next, what machine, piece of technology, or robot would you leave behind on the lunar surface to help future astronauts explore the Moon?

Every student who submits an essay will receive an official certificate and be invited to a NASA virtual event featuring an astronaut! Semifinalists will be invited to represent their state or territory in a series of Artemis Explorer sessions with NASA experts.

Additionally, nine finalists will have the opportunity to travel with a parent or guardian to NASA’s Johnson Space Center next summer to learn more about lunar exploration.

The national winner in each grade division will win a family trip to see the first Artemis flight test, watching the most-powerful rocket in the world launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

To enter the contest, students must submit their essays by December 17, 2020. All entries must meet the following requirements:

  • Grades K-4: Essay, up to 100 words
  • Grades 5-8: Essay, up to 200 words
  • Grades 9-12: Essay, up to 300 words
  • Please DO NOT put your name in your entry
  • For all entry requirements and judging criteria please read the rules here.

To learn more about the contest, or to sign up and submit your entry, visit: https://www.futureengineers.org/artemismoonpodessay.

Are you no longer a student but still want to be involved? Apply to be a judge!

NASA and Future Engineers are seeking volunteers to help judge the thousands of contest entries anticipated to be submitted from around the country. U.S. residents over 18 years old who are interested in offering approximately five hours of their time to review submissions should register to be a judge at: https://www.futureengineers.org/registration/judge/.