Checkpoint challenge MO-02 — Map development 🗓

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Scheduled Challenge date

Submissions for this checkpoint challenge come from Mission Objective #02 “Map Development” in the ROADS on Icy Worlds manual (starting on page 23).

Checkpoints are optional!

Remember that making a submission for any of the checkpoint challenges is entirely optional. Why should you consider submitting something for a checkpoint? Well, for one thing, there are prizes! But more importantly, because two of the checkpoint challenges are also Mission Objectives, aiming to make a submission for a checkpoint can help your team stay motivated and on track for the challenge.

If your team chooses to not make a submission for a checkpoint challenge, there’s no harm done — the checkpoints are not calculated toward the final scoring.

What are you doing in this challenge?

For ROADS on Icy Worlds, teams will build their own map. This is a great exercise in mapping/graphing and in being able to interpret features on a map. We do recommend that, if at all possible, the version of the map be portable.

The map should be approximately 8 ft x 5 ft. The map could be made from foamboard, taped cardboard, or just an area taped on the floor of a room, garage, et cetera. The team needs to decide what works best for them. The team’s best effort, with the intent of the objectives maintained, is the goal.

What you’ll submit

  • The section of your MDL where your team documents their map-making process
  • Photo or video of your completed map
  • Media release forms

About the media release forms

NASA requests a media release form for any person whose face is shown in the video, whether student or adult. Your forms can be submitted either as uploaded documents or as a link to your documents elsewhere (such as a Google Doc, a doc on Dropbox, and so forth).

Submission form

You will need your team name and team number to make your submission. If you can’t remember your team number, email us and we’ll look it up:

The submission form is pretty short — you can see the entirety of the form below. You WILL get an on-screen confirmation message (it shows up as a green box), so don’t close your browser tab until you see that! You’ll also get a confirmation email from the system, so if you don’t receive that you should email us to double-check:

ROADS on Icy Worlds checkpoint challenge MO-02 submission form

The ROADS on Icy Worlds form for checkpoint challenge MO-02 submissions closed on February 18. If you have questions, email us: