Top teams will be selected from all teams who submit their final challenge materials. The total number of awards and the prizes offered will be determined by merit.

All teams who register and participate in the ROADS on Asteroids Challenge will receive a NASA certificate.

Only teams residing in the U.S. or families of U.S. military wherever they are serving are eligible for equipment support for the challenge and for the prizes.

Our intention with the ROADS student challenge program has been to provide the top student teams in each division with the opportunity to visit a NASA center or to attend a mission launch. In 2021 there are two launches for missions to asteroids, and we do hope to send student teams to these launches if at all possible.

COVID-19 note: Restrictions in place for the pandemic continue to make travel difficult or impossible. As of preparing this manual, public access to NASA centers has been suspended and we do not know when they will be open again. If NASA center visits are unavailable in 2021, alternative prizes will focus on helping the students in their next steps in STEM.

About NASA center visits

Only U.S. Citizens or U.S. Permanent Residents are able to visit to NASA centers, and all team members visiting the center must be registered team members when their challenge materials are submitted to NESSP — no substitutions are allowed for the trip. Anyone visiting a center as part of a NESSP trip must be at least 11 years old at the time of the visit.

Top prizes

Prizes will be awarded to the top teams in each division:

  • OSIRIS REx Division
  • Dawn Division
  • DART Division
  • Hayabusa Division

Checkpoint challenges

Prizes will be awarded to the top teams for each checkpoint challenge:

  • Crater Formation [Checkpoint challenge #1]
  • Search for Signs of Life [Checkpoint challenge #2]
  • Mission Patch [Checkpoint challenge #3]

Special prizes

Special prizes will be awarded for Mission Objectives 01, 06, 08, and 09:

  • Best Mission Development Log (MO-01)
  • Innovations in Drone / Satellie Design (MO-06)
  • Resolute Award (MO-08)
  • Enterprise Award (MO-09)