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. The Moon Camp Challenge invites students to become Moon explorers and decode some of the complexities future astronauts may face.
In Moon Camp Explorers each team’s mission is to 3D design the complete Moon Camp using Tinkercad and explain their project in a written report to the expert jury. The Moon Camp should be able to sustain at least 2 astronauts and keep them safe from hazards and the vacuum of space. The project 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 the astronauts.
Moon Camp Explorers has an intermediate level of complexity. Participating teams will compete for the Moon Camp Explorers Prize for best project.
All teams will receive a participation certificate by email. The winning teams of the Moon Camp Explorers will receive ESA and Airbus goodies and the opportunity to participate in a live webinar with an ESA astronaut. The team with the highest score will get their very own 3D printer on top. Good luck!
Who can participate?
Registrations are open from 12 January until 22 April 2021. Participation is open worldwide to teams of students aged up to (and including) 14 years old. Teams must be comprised of a minimum of 2 up to a maximum of 6 students and must be supported by a teacher/ educator.