Participation is open worldwide to students aged up to 19 years old. Moon Camp Discovery is recommended for students aged 6 to 14 years old. Participating students must be supported by a teacher, educator or parent.
How To Create An Account In Tinkercad
Create an account and learn how to do the first steps in Tinkercad.
How To Share A Public Link With Tinkercad
If you finished your design, follow these steps to share your project link with us.
Learn How To Tinker
Learn to work with 3D design functions step-by-step.
Design Astronauts Quarters In Tinkercad
Learn to design the astronauts quarters in Tinkercad.
Design A Lunar Lander
Travelling to the Moon will not be an easy task. On the Moon you cannot open your parachute. Learn to design a lunar lander in Tinkercad following this tutorial.
Design A Moon Rover
Cars on the Moon will be different, there are no roads or fuel stations. Follow this tutorial to learn how to design a rover to support your space exploration mission.
Design A Space Helmet
To complete your Moon mission you will have to have an astronaut suit. Start your design with a space helmet.
Design A Satellite
This tutorial demonstrates how to design a satellite.
Design Your Moon Camp I
Follow up this video tutorial to get inspiration to create your own astronauts quarters, using Tinkercad Codeblocks.
Design Your Moon Camp II
How will your astronauts exercise in space? Learn to design a dressing room for your Moon Camp gym following this video step-by-step tutorial, using Tinkercad.
Design Your Moon Camp III
Can astronauts run in space? Learn to design a space treadmill following this video step-by-step tutorial.
Design A Shelter On The Moon
Follow the series of steps in this tutorial to design a housing pod for your space exploration mission.
Design A Space Rocket
To get to the Moon you will need a space rocket. Follow this tutorial to design a rocket fit for your space exploration mission.
Design An Oxygen Tank
This tutorial demonstrates how to design an oxygen tank to make your space exploration mission possible.
Design A Lunar Rover
Following the steps of this tutorial you learn how to design a rover to support your space exploration mission.
Water On The Moon – Filtering Lunar Ice Cores To Extract Water
In this resource, pupils will spend a day recording how much water they use for different activities. This is followed by an experimental activity in the classroom, where they will use pre-prepared “lunar ice cores” and filter these to get water.
Building A Bionic Hand
In this activity, pupils will build a bionic hand made out of cardboard, strings, straws and rubber bands. They will relate the bionic hand to their own hand to understand the function of the fingers and the importance of the thumb, to grab or hold objects with different shapes and forms.
Robotic Arm – Become A Space Engineer For A Day
In this activity, students will learn how their arm works and build a robotic arm inspired on it. Students will understand the different functions of bones and muscles. They will build and test a model robotic arm and understand why a robotic arm is a very important tool in space.
Moon Rover – Building A Solar Powered Rover
In this activity, students will compare the advantages and disadvantages of renewable energy sources and non-renewable energy sources and study simple electrical circuits. Using the Moon as context students will build a small Moon rover powered by solar energy, using a small motor and a solar cell.
Moon Shelter – Investigating Different Shelters On Earth And In Space
In this set of activities pupils will analyse the importance of having shelter for protection on Earth and in space. Pupils will compare the environmental conditions on Earth and on the Moon and in a group they will imagine and build their own Moon shelter using materials comparable to the soil on the Moon, known as Moon analogues.
Mission On The Moon – How Would A Future Lunar Community Be Organised?
This activity will introduce students to logical thinking by planning, testing and executing a simple mission on the Moon. Students will work in pairs and take it in turns to play the roles of “mission controller” and “rover”.
Moon Constitution – How Would A Future Lunar Community Be Organised?
In this resource, pupils will debate some organisational and social characteristics of a future settlement on the Moon and relate it to their local community. The students will be guided through the activity using a set of debate questions, to which the students can respond with their opinions on whether they agree or not using a smiley or sad card.
Astrofood – Learning About Edible Plants In Space
In this set of activities, students will learn about the different components of plants. They will learn which parts of well-known plants are edible and learn the difference between a vegetable, a fruit and a seed. The students will have to imagine and draw the plant associated with the fruit/vegetable/seed they are observing.
Astrofarmer – Learning About Conditions For Plant Growth
In this set of six activities, students will investigate which factors affect plant growth, and relate these factors to growing plants in space. Students will learn that plants need air, light, water, nutrients and a stable temperature to grow. Students will observe what happens to plants when they vary some of these factors.
Astrocrops – Growing Plants For Future Space Missions
In this set of activities students will build an understanding of germination and plant growth by following the development of three unknown plants for 12 weeks. They will conduct measurements and make observations to evaluate their plants’ growth and health. Students will use their observations to make a hypothesis about which species of plants they are growing and discuss whether these plants are suitable for growing on long duration space missions.
Could Life Survive In Alien Environments? – Defining Environments Suitable For Life
In this activity students will consider whether life found in extreme environments on Earth could survive elsewhere in the Solar System.
Space Bears – Lab-experience With Tardigrades
In this set of experimental activities, students will investigate the survival abilities of tardigrades also known as water bears.
Power From Sunlight -Powering Space Exploration With Solar Energy
In this set of activities, students will learn about two concepts that influence solar panel design for space missions: the inverse square law and the angle of incidence.
3 2 1 Lift Off! – Building Your Own Paper Rocket
In this set of 3 activities students will design and build their own paper rockets and launch them.
Landing On The Moon – Planning And Designing A Lunar Lander
In this set of activities, students will plan, design, and build a landing module to secure the survival of the crew (in the form of an egg-naut) landing on the Moon.
Power From Water – How To Produce Oxygen And Hydrogen On The Moon
In this set of three activities, students will learn about electrochemistry. In the first activity they will build a Volta Pile – a simple battery.
Extracting Water From Lunar Soil – Learning About Filtration And Distillation
In this resource, students will learn about changes of state of matter using water on the Moon as an example.
Join The Moon Camp Challenge!
ESA - European Space Agency astronaut Matthias Maurer invites students all over the world to participate in the Moon Camp Challenge and design their own Moon settlement with a 3D modelling tool (Tinkercad or Fusion 360).
Moon Camp is an education project run in collaboration between ESA and the Airbus Foundation, in partnership with Autodesk and it is open to students up to 18 years old.
Resources On The Moon
It’s common knowledge that the Moon is a cratered ball of rock. Stunning as it is in the night sky or in photographs taken from orbit the landscape is barren, grey, dusty and dark. Are there other things to be found than meets the eye? Moon scientist Alexandre Meurisse explains which resources can be found on the Moon.
3D Printing On The Moon
We can 3D print just about anything these days, from tools and buildings to cells and even food. But that’s on Earth, where materials are readily available. What about in space or on the Moon? Could we 3D print a lunar base? ESA engineer Advenit Makaya walks us through the process.
Living On The Moon
The Apollo Mission proved humans can work on the lunar surface but the longest lunar spacewalk lasted a total of 22 hours. Could humans spend longer amounts of time on the Moon? How about live there, as they do on the International Space Station? Lunar technology expert Bérengère Houdou describes living on the Moon.
Future Moon Exploration
Though it has been fifty years since humans first stepped on the Moon, we haven’t forgotten about Earth’s natural satellite. Several missions since Apollo have taught us so much about the Moon and have paved the way for humankind to return. ESA Moon scientist James Carpenter gives us an overview of these missions and future exploration of the Moon.
2019/2020 Moon Camp Winners Webinar With ESA Astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti And Luca Parmitano
ESA astronauts Samantha Cristoforetti and Luca Parmitano join the 2019/20 Moon Camp Challenge winning teams for a 1-hour webinar. Connecting from all over the world, the teams have their questions answered live by the ESA astronauts.
2018/2019 Moon Camp Winners Webinar With ESA Astronaut Tim Peake
The teams behind the 12 winning projects of the Moon Camp Challenge 2018-2019 were invited to participate in a live webinar with European Space Agency astronaut Tim Peake.
Webinar 2018/2019 – Design Your Own Moon Camp
Mark Chester, Autodesk Academic Partner and 3D Design Expert, will show how to use 3D modelling software to help you design your camp on the Moon.
One single webinar will be provided for teachers and teams applying to Moon Camp’s
Webinar 2018/2019 – Where Next? The Past, Present And Future Moon Exploration Missions
James Carpenter, from ESA’s Human and Robotics Exploration Directorate, working in areas focussing on space exploration, will give an overview of the lunar exploration efforts that have been done so far and discuss why space agencies believe returning to the Moon is the next stepping stone in space exploration.
Paxi And Our Moon Phases And Eclipses
Join Paxi as he explores the Moon. In this video, targeted at children aged between 6 and 12, Paxi explains the Moon's phases and eclipses.
Paxi Explores The Moon
In this video, targeted at children aged between 6 and 12 years, Paxi explores what humans need to live on the Moon.
Launching Into Space. Bye Earth, Hello Moon!
How exactly does a rocket engine work? Learn about different factors that affect your space launch and how to design an aerodynamic rocket to the moon.
How To Fly In Space? Slingshot To The Moon!
Flying to the moon is tricky business, especially since you can’t just head in a direct line. How can you plan your trajectory to the moon?
Landing On The Moon
A manned spacecraft needs a soft landing, but it’s all in the timing. Fire up your thrusters and hope you’ve picked the right spot to touch down.
What Is The Best Place To Live On The Moon?
An entirely new landscape awaits when you land on the Moon. Will you choose one of the poles or dig underground – where will your Moon village be?
Radiation On The Moon. How Much Sunscreen Do You Need On The Moon?
Just one year on the moon maxes out the amount of solar radiation we can handle over a lifetime. What’s the best sunscreen for moon life?
Powering The Moon
A lunar day lasts for 14 Earth days, but night can be just as long. Is solar energy our best bet for powering the Moon base? And how do we make it last?
Meteors On The Moon. Sunny With A Chance Of Meteor Shower
About 180 craters appear on the Moon every year, not to mention being hit by golf ball-sized meteors all year long. How do we stay protected?
Building Your Own Moon Home
The first Moon structure has a lot of roles to fill: a home base not only for sleeping and eating but for research and experiments, too.
What Materials To Build Your Home On The Moon?
When you think of building, you probably think of bricks – but Moon rock is an entirely different material. So what’s the best way to build on the Moon?
Air On The Moon
Holding our breath isn’t an option on the Moon, we need sources of oxygen to sustain life. Let’s start by importing some plants to help us breathe easy.
Food On The Moon
There are only so many groceries you can bring to the Moon, so how do you produce food in a place with no air? Here’s now to cultivate lunar food sources.
Waste Management On The Moon
One Earthling’s trash is another astronaut’s treasure. We can turn waste products into valuable sources of heat and fuel, and recycled materials.
Water On The Moon
Since the Moon is as dry as Earth’s driest desert, we’ll have to bring water with us. The water recycling system used on the ISS can help our supply last.
What Experiments Can You Do On The Moon?
The aim of the Moon mission is to research how to live on other planets. That means not only experimenting on the environment – but also on ourselves!
Robots On The Moon
Getting stuff done on the moon requires more effort than what the first settlers can manage by themselves. Robots to the rescue!
Local Lunar Sights
Top tips for an unforgettable Moon adventure include impact craters housing ancient organisms from the days of the universe’s creation.
Traveling On The Moon
How best to travel on the moon with rocks, boulders and craters in our way? And when settlements expand, what will our lunar infrastructure look like?
How To Communicate On The Moon?
Even daily communication changes when living on the Moon. Without air to carry our voices, we might rely on lasers to beam our message home.
Would You Live On The Moon?
Can you imagine how would it be to live on the Moon? See how, in the future, a day in the life of an astronaut could be.
Orion ESM – The European Service Module
What does it take to send astronauts into space? Learn how the European Service Module (ESM) Airbus built for the European Space Agency & NASA will power the Orion mission, providing electricity, water, oxygen and nitrogen to keep the spacecraft ship shape.
This film gives an overview of the past, present, and future of Moon exploration, from the Lunar cataclysm to ESA’s vision of what Lunar exploration could be.
3D-printing A Lunar Base
Could astronauts one day be printing rather than building a base on the Moon?
Teach With The Moon
Find more information about the Moon in this collection of educational material.
Satisfy your curiosity, learn and be inspired. Create your own journey through the web documentary to master the why and how of lunar exploration.
Moon Web Games
Have fun and learn about the Moon by playing the Moon web games.
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