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The Challenge

Students working together on the lunar rover challenge game

The hunt for water at the lunar South Pole.

We challenge teams of Grades 6-9 students to plan a rover mission seeking out ice deposits hidden in the shadows of the Moon in a fun problem-based experience presented as a collaborative board game.

Teams will design, analyze, improve, and ultimately submit a plan to accomplish the mission objective. Creating a strong mission proposal will require critical thinking, creativity, and teamwork. Winning the competition will require clear communication and a convincing pitch to win over the panel of judges.

Teams will communicate their mission proposal using a slide deck, with the option to include a video.

Student teams must have an adult facilitate their submission, for example a teacher, community leader, or homeschool pod parent.

  1. Review the Rules and Eligibility
  2. Register for the competition on behalf of the students*
  3. Receive access to the Project Guide and get started!

*No student personal information is collected for any part of this competition.

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By completing this project, students will:

  • Learn about Canada’s role in space exploration
  • Analyze the costs and benefits of space technology used for lunar surface exploration
  • Use an engineering design process and discuss risk-benefit tradeoffs
  • Work as a team towards a clear goal
  • Communicate their ideas using scientific language and visuals

This competition and supporting lessons have been developed by Education Specialists at Let’s Talk Science in collaboration with subject matter experts in the space and rover industries at Canadensys Aerospace and Avalon Space.

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Students discussing their entries for the lunar rover challenge game

The Lunar Rover Research Challenge is:

  • Curriculum aligned across Grades 6-9 in Canada
  • Free to enter
  • Approximately three to five hours of classroom time
  • Topical with Canada’s upcoming space exploration
Students celebrating a successful rover mission

Winning teams will have the opportunity to complete a full mission simulation by remotely controlling a Canadensys rover in a lunar-like environment. Presented as a virtual half-day fieldtrip, the students will run the mission from their classroom and control the rover over the internet.

Submissions will be reviewed by a panel of judges based on:

  • Innovation: creative and novel thinking
  • Communication: clear, correct, and creative delivery
  • Critical thinking: logical plan that meets the feasibility criteria

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The competition will run three times: Fall 2022, Spring 2023, and Fall 2023.

Fall 2022 Season

Date Event
August 22 Registration Opens
October 23 Registration Closes
November 6 Submissions Due
November 30 Results Shared
December Winning teams complete Rover Control experience

Spring 2023 Season

Date Event
January 9 Registration Opens
April 2 Registration Closes
April 16 Submissions Due
May 10 Results Shared
May Winning teams complete Rover Control experience

Dates for Fall 2023 will be released in 2023.

How to Register

Student teams must have an adult facilitate their submission, for example a teacher, community leader, or homeschool pod parent.

  1. Review the Rules and Eligibility
  2. Register for the competition on behalf of the students*
  3. Receive access to the Project Guide and get started!

*No student personal information is collected for any part of this competition.

Register Now