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Moon Camp Explorers 2021 – 2022 – Moon Camp Challenge
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Moon Camp Explorers 2021 – 2022

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About Moon Camp Explorers

The Moon Camp Challenge invites students to become Moon  explorers and decode some of the complexities future astronauts may face.

In the future, to enable astronauts to stay on the Moon for long periods of time, new infrastructures must be developed to overcome important challenges. Such challenges include protection from radiation and meteorites, energy production, the extraction and recycling of water, food production and much more.

In Moon Camp Explorers each team’s mission is to design a 3D Moon Camp able to sustain at least 2 astronauts and keep them safe from the hazards and vacuum of space. Teams will also have to submit a report about their project.

Overview

Teams will develop a number of interdisciplinary scientific experiments to explore the extreme environment of space and understand how astronauts could live on the Moon. Afterwards they will 3D design their Moon Camp using Tinkercad and write a report explaining their project.

Their design should be adapted to the Moon environment and make use of local resources and provide protection and/or living and working facilities for the astronauts. Participating teams will compete for the Moon Camp Explorers prize for best project.

The Moon Camp should include:

Use of local resources (e.g. lunar soil, water ice)
Technological solutions (e.g. power source, recycling system, food growth chamber)
Protection (from meteorites and radiation)
Living and working facilities for at least 2 astronauts.

Timeline

Registrations for the challenge are open from 15 September 2021 to 21 April 2022.

Who can participate?

To participate in Moon Camp Explorers, teams should be comprised of 2 to 6 students and must be supported by a teacher or educator. The project must be submitted by the teacher or educator.
Participation in Moon Camp Explorers is open worldwide* to teams of students aged up to (and including) 14 years old.
Teams that participated in Moon Camp Discovery are also allowed to submit a project to Moon Camp Explorers.
There is no limit to the number of teams a school or club can enter, but each student can only enter one team, and each team can submit one entry only.

*More details

* Moon Camp Challenge is open worldwide. In the framework of the current collaboration agreement between ESA and Airbus Foundation, if you apply from an ESA Member State*, Slovenia, Canada, Lithuania or Latvia your team will have to fulfil the following extra conditions:
• At least 50% of team members must be citizens of an ESA Member State, Slovenia, Canada, Lithuania or Latvia.
• Each team member must be:
‒ Enrolled in a full time primary or secondary school located in an ESA Member State, Slovenia or Canada, Lithuania or Latvia
‒ or, be home-schooled (certified by the National Ministry of Education or delegated authority in an ESA Member State, Slovenia, Canada, Lithuania or Latvia)
‒ or, be a member of a club or after-school group, such as Science Club, Scouts or the like.
* ESA Member States in 2021: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.

Evaluation

A jury composed of ESA, Airbus Foundation and Autodesk experts will select the winning teams based on the quality of the design and report submitted. The design should be adapted to and feasible for the lunar environment, making use of natural features. The report must explain the design choices and overall habitability and functionality of the Moon camp. The teams should include their scientific reasoning for the choices presented.
Innovation, creativity and inventiveness (25%): How well does this new design “push the envelope” and enhance user experience?
Software skills (25%): How well does the student design demonstrate technical skills and quality of design based on technical requirements?
Suitability to purpose (25%): How well does the design prove useful and suited to serving its purpose of providing a functional Moon Camp?
Online Form (25%): How well does the report explain the reasoning for design choices and overall habitability of the Moon camp?

Challenge launch – 15 September</br>
15/09/2021

Challenge launch – 15 September

Registration opens on the 15/09/2021
Learn more about the Moon by completing the Moon Camp challenge activities
Create your Tinkercad account
Develop your 3D design project
Submit your project on the platform


Teacher/educator preparation:
Create a plan of action for your team
Participate in the teacher training modules (dates to be announced)
Deadline for submissions – 21 April</br>
21/04/2022

Deadline for submissions – 21 April

Website closes for submissions on the 21 April 2022.
Judging of the Moon Camp Explorers submissions begins
Announcement of the 6 winning projects</br>
01/06/2022

Announcement of the 6 winning projects

The best 3 projects of the Moon Camp Explorers for ESA Members States and Non-ESA Member States will be announced during the month of June
Winners Webinar</br>
02/06/2022

Winners Webinar

The winning teams will take part in a webinar with an ESA Astronaut

How to submit the project?

1. The team’s 3D model must be created exclusively using Autodesk® Tinkercad™. Submissions created in other software programs will not be accepted.
2. Projects must be submitted to the Moon Camp online platform: online platform. The deadline is 21 April 2022.
3. By submitting the project, the participants agree that their project will be shared on the Moon Camp platform. Participants accept that ESA Education and partners have the right to use the entirety or parts of the project for outreach and education purposes.
4. Submissions must include:
the team’s report explaining the project and design, written in English. The report should follow the provided template;
at least one screen capture of the 3D model as a .JPG or .PNG;
the public link to the Tinkercad project, with an Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 (CC-BY-SA 3.0) license.
5. Each team must model all individual components of the design. It is not permitted to import existing CAD data into the design, with the exception of any files provided by Autodesk, ESA, or Airbus Foundation.
6. The team must be the sole author/owner of the project and all materials submitted to the Moon Camp Challenge. Projects sponsored or funded by third parties may not be used. No third party (including your school or project sponsors) should have any rights to materials you submit.
7. ESA and Airbus Foundation, at their sole discretion, reserve the right to disqualify submissions that do not follow the guidelines, or that contain messages that are deemed inappropriate or inadequate for the audience.

3D Design tool

If your team is joining the Moon Camp Explorers you will have to create your 3D Design using Autodesk Tinkercad. Tinkercad is a free, easy-to-use web-based app for 3D design.

Are you new to 3D Design? Do not worry; start learning 3D design following the step-by-step tutorials below.

Questions?

For any questions, consult the FAQ section or send an email to moon.camp@esa.int

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