ROADS on Mars

*** UPDATE JULY 2020 – due to high cases of COVID-19 in South Carolina/the Lowcountry the ROADS on Mars Carolinas Team will not compete in Fall 2020. Please check back with us in September for details on next year’s challenge – thank you! ***

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.

You can use ROADS on Mars with your students in three ways:

  • Academic year 2019-2020 challenge — Students form a team, register with NESSP, and complete the challenge during the academic year. Top teams from across the country will win a trip to Kennedy Space Center for the launch of Mars 2020!
  • Summer 2020 challenge — Students form a team, register with NESSP, and complete the challenge during the summer of 2020. Prizes for the summer challenge will be announced.
  • Hands-on curriculum activity — Educators can incorporate the ROADS challenge as a hands-on module in their curriculum. Download the manual and use as much or as little to engage your students as the next generation of Martian experts!

More details here & for questions please email N.C./ S.C. Hub leader, Jessica Arenas at arenasjr@cofc.edu