Checkpoint challenge — “Wing it like Winglee!” 🗓

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Submissions for this first checkpoint challenge come from “Wing it like Winglee!” in the ROADS on Icy Worlds manual (page 41).

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?

As NESSP’s founding director, Dr. Winglee, might remind us, sometimes you gotta wing it! Describe something you tried for Icy Worlds that didn’t go as expected. What happened, what did you learn, and what happened next?

As a rocket scientist, Dr. Winglee was well-known to embody the saying “Stand back! I’m about to do science!” For the “Wing It Like Winglee” Challenge, describe something that didn’t go as planned — or even something that went horribly wrong!


  • What happened?
  • What did you learn from it?
  • What did your team do next?

What you’ll submit

Your entry for this challenge can be a write-up, photos, a video, or a combination of all three that shows/describes what happened. Make sure you let us know which part of the challenge you were working on when you had to “wing it!”

You may submit any of these types of materials:

  • A write-up (past any photos into the document)
  • A video (upload formats accepted: .mp4, .mov)

Please also submit:

  • 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 — on the first page you will set up your submissions, on the second page you will confirm what you’re submitting, enter your contact info, and submit everything to the server. 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 “Wing it like Winglee!” submission form