Students can enter to name the next NASA Mars Rover

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NASA is looking for help from students to name its next rover

By Angela Garrity, Guest blogger

NASA is looking for talented students with ideas the size of a planet to receive an out of this world opportunity— naming the next NASA Mars Rover.

The space agency is seeking a name for its Mars Rover, and they're turning to students for inspiration. Students in grades K-12 who are enrolled in U.S. public, private and home schools are welcome to submit their essay in the “Mars 2020 Name the Rover” contest for a shot at being the lucky grand prize winner. The winner will not only have serious bragging rights for the rest of their life, but they'll also be invited to watch the July 2020 launch of the spacecraft live from Cape Canaveral.

An animated character of the NASA Mars Rover with a blue and orange background

The contest is part of NASA's efforts to allow students to participate in the STEM enterprise behind Mars exploration and inspire interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

To Enter: Students must submit their proposed rover name essay by Nov. 1. It must include a short essay (not exceeding 150 words) explaining why their proposed name should be chosen.

The essays will be divided into three groups, by grade level – K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. They will be judged on the appropriateness, significance, and originality of their proposed name, as well as the originality and quality of their essay, and/or a finalist interview presentation.

The public will have the chance to cast their vote online for the nine finalists in January 2020. NASA is also seeking volunteers to help select the thousands of contest entries anticipated to pour in from around the country. You can sign us up!

If you’re a U.S. resident over 18 who is interested in volunteering approximately 5 hours to review submissions, click here to register as a judge.

The winning name will be announced by NASA on February 18, 2020 – exactly a year before the rover lands on the Red Planet.

Gather your ideas, kids and show us what you’ve got. Planet Earth is watching and cheering you on!

Learn more about the Mars Rover during the Science Segment of Fueled by Death Cast. Every week, we release science-related content because, well, we love coffee and science.


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