Moon Camp Explorers 2022 – 2023
The Moon Camp Challenge invites students to become Moon explorers with Tinkercad 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.
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 project should be adapted to the Moon environment and make use of local resources and provide protection and/or living and working facilities for at least 2 astronauts. Participating teams will compete for the Moon Camp Explorers prize for best project.
Using Tinkercad, teams design the complete Moon Camp and submit their report to an expert jury. Participating teams will compete for the Moon Camp Explorers Prize for best project.
Complexity Level: intermediate
Age range: up to (and including) 14 years old
Language: language of their choice. For judging, reports will be automatically translated to English. NEW!
Registrations: open from 14 September 2022 to 18 April 2023
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.
To participate in Moon Camp Explorers, teams should be comprised of 2 to 6 students and must be supported by a teacher, educator or parent. 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 14 years old.
Teams that participated in Moon Camp Discovery or Moon Camp @School 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.
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?
Submissions to Moon Camp Explorers will be accepted from 14 September 2022 to 18 April 2023.
The 3D model must be created exclusively using Autodesk® Tinkercad™. Submissions created in other software programs will not be accepted.
Projects must be submitted to the Moon Camp online platform. The deadline is 18 April 2023.
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.
Submissions must include:
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.
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.
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.
If your team is joining 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? Don’t worry; start learning 3D design following the step-by-step tutorials in the Resources section.