The next NASA Rover is scheduled to land on Mars in February 2021, but there is still one vital component missing: the name. To arouse interest in the mission and inspire students to join STEM subjects that make space exploration possible, NASA has sponsored a competition called Name the Rover. Open to K-12 students in US public, private, and home schools, this is an essay contest in which students will be asked to name a robotic space traveler and explain the reasons for their chosen name.
If you, a student in your household or in your class (if you are a teacher) would like to try it, this is very simple. Just go to the Rover Challenge Name page and click on the "Student and Teacher Registration" button. Entries will be judged on the importance and originality of both the name chosen and the essay.
Contest Rules Include:
- The name chosen must be no more than 50 characters and the essay must not be more than 150 words .
- One student record.
- The name cannot be a repetition of a past NASA space mission or flight program.  If you want to use a real person's name, they must be dead.
- No corporate or trademark names and, of course, the essay must be completely original,
The entry deadline is November 1 and final entries will be published on the January 2020 public poll site.  Not a student? Still want to participate? You can help judge the thousands of expected records by registering as a judge.