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The NASA WEAR Challenge, a NASA student design challenge for wearable technologies, is a nationwide challenge for middle and high school age students. Formal and informal education institutions may participate in this challenge. Top teams will be invited to participate in a culminating event at a NASA center. Join the Artemis Generation and accept the challenge today!

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Eligibility Requirements
Eligibility Requirements
Key dates and times
Key Dates and Times
Information Sessions
Information Sessions
Getting Started
Getting Started
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Past Participants


The WEAR STEM Challenge (aka WEAR) is an engineering design challenge where NASA presents problems about wearable technologies to middle and high school students seeking student contributions to the deep space exploration missions. WEAR focuses on wearable technologies that aid crewmembers and others in tasks such as monitoring conditions, protecting organs, and collecting data. Once astronauts venture into deep space beyond Earth's protective atmosphere, they may be exposed to the high-energy charged particles of galactic cosmic rays and solar particle events (SPE) as well as secondary protons and neutrons. Spacecraft design is one of many 'sheltering' techniques used to protect crewmembers, but the use of wearable technologies as physical countermeasures are also beneficial and are being heavily researched. The RadWorks team at NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC) and NASA Langley Research Center is a leader in this type of research as it employs a spiraling design method to incrementally decrease radiation exposure and increase flight time.

In the WEAR STEM Challenge, teams of middle and high school students engineer wearable technologies solutions to problems presented by NASA. In the FY19 challenge, students designed vests to protect the blood forming organs during a solar particle event (space weather storm). The FY20 challenge gives teams two options. Option 1 is to design headgear to protect against high-energy radiation during a solar particle event. Option 2 is to design a multipurpose garment to help mitigate radiation exposure. The RadWorks team will identify the constraints for intravehicular wearables and student teams will design concepts and develop low fidelity prototypes that can be evaluated by NASA personnel. There will be one onsite culminating event at either JSC or LaRC.


During the proposal period, students and educators will participate in webinars and badges provided by Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC). Student design teams will submit a proposal via video for review by NASA personnel. Top teams will be selected to build a prototype of their low fidelity design using the engineering design process. Students will be required to prepare technical documentation the design process for NASA personnel review. In addition to the EPDC activities, NASA subject matter experts (SME’s) will be recruited to share information about deep space travel, radiation, the design process, and answer questions from teams during a series of online sessions scheduled throughout the prototype period.


Submissions will be evaluated using a rubric by the WEAR and Radworks teams. Middle school design teams will compete against each other and the high school design teams will compete against each other. Among many incentives to be provided, teams with the top scoring designs will be invited to send a small traveling team to a NASA center. These small traveling teams (including educators) will travel to a NASA center for the WEAR Culminating Event. During this event, the small traveling team will tour NASA facilities and present their prototype to NASA personnel. NASA will cover the housing, transportation, and food expenses for the traveling teams.

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  • Formal or informal U.S. education organizations may participate by creating design teams.
  • Signed letter of support from principal or administrator of your organization must be submitted during registration to confirm participation.
  • Teams must participate fully according to challenge guidelines.
  • Teams may be a middle school team or a high school team. Student participants must be on one team only.
    • All student members of a middle school design team must be in grades 5-8 during the 2019-2020 school year.
    • All student members of a high school design team must be in grades 9-12 during the 2019-2020 school year.
  • All design teams must have at least two educators.
    • One Lead Teacher who is a current, state-certified educator, 21 years of age or older, working in a formal or informal education setting.
    • A least one additional educator, age 21 years or older, and affiliated with the organization.
  • The Lead Teacher must complete an EPDC Moon to Mars webinar and submit a certificate of completion.
  • If selected to visit a NASA center:
    • All participants that travel to a NASA center, youth and educators, must be US citizens.
    • Student members must be aged 13-18 during travel to NASA center.
    • Traveling team must include two certified educators age 21 or older and represent the gender mix of the student team.
    • At least four students should be available to participate with the traveling team.
    • Traveling team members will use housing and transportation provided.
    • Teams will conduct a technical presentation for NASA personnel.
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    Note: All times Central and subject to change.

  • December 2, 2019Registration Opens
  • December 10, 2019, 4:30pm CT Information Session Meeting Link
  • December 16, 2019, 5:00pm CT Information Session Meeting Link
  • January 7, 2020, 5:00pm CT Information Session Meeting Link
  • January 16, 2020, 2:00pm CT Information Session Meeting Link
  • January 24, 2020 Team Registration Due
  • January 28, 2020 Design Kickoff Meeting
  • January 28 - March 6, 2020 Proposal period
  • March 6, 2020, 2:00pm CT Proposals Due
  • March 20, 2020 Team Announcements
  • March 27 - May 22 Prototype Period
  • June 2020 (dates TBD) Culminating event at NASA center


  • Attend a one-hour online presentation to learn more about the challenge and proposal requirements. All information sessions will cover the same topics and materials.
  • To connect to our online session, click on this link: Meeting Link.
  • Download the free Zoom App from your app store to attend via smartphone or tablet, or connect in a browser on your computer.
  • You may also dial in to the meeting for audio only. Find your local dial in number at this link using Meeting ID: 116 223 997
    Note: All times Central.
    • December 10, 2019, 4:30pm CT
    • December 16, 2019, 5:00pm CT
    • January 7, 2020, 5:30pm CT
    • January 16, 2020, 2:00pm CT
  • Click here to watch recorded information session from December 16, 2020.
  • Click here for transcript of information session from December 16, 2020.
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  • Can an individual sign up to participate in WEAR? No. The WEAR challenge is designed as a team competition and to involve as many students as possible. Although several constraints limit the number and age of participants in the culminating event, teams should recruit enough team members to work on the various aspects of the challenge. Experience shows that most successful teams have at least 15-20 students and 4-5 Educator Coaches active during the challenge.

  • May a team participate if they have participated before? Yes. Institutions that have participated before and students that have participated before may participate in new WEAR challenges. However, new students and at least one new educator should participate in the culminating event if a team is selected. Please share the unique opportunity of the culminating event with new participants.


To get started with the WEAR challenge, sign up using this link: Registration Link

The registration form requires the following:

  • contact information for the educators that will mentor the students
  • information about the educational organization supporting the team
  • approximate student participation
  • Letter of Support from organization administrator

Support from your education organization or school/district administration is extremely important to the success of this challenge. A letter from your organization, school or district administrator(s) stating support for the items below must be included as part of the proposal on organization letterhead. Letters will be uploaded in .PDF format or as an image.

It is understood that the organization, school, and/or district will:

  • Recruit students to participate in this challenge.
  • Provide at least two certified educators as coaches/mentors for this challenge.
  • Be responsible for funding any leave or required substitutes for all team members while the participants are at a NASA center during the culminating event.
  • Provide additional planning time for those involved with this opportunity when possible.

Note: If a team represents more than one organization, school, district, etc., then a Letter of Support from each is required.


Download a list of NASA's radiation resources using this link.

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NASA Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) - The Texas State NASA STEM Educator Professional Development Collaborative is a national educator professional development system comprised of and designed to serve STEM educators and students at all levels.

EPDC Moon to Mars Webinars - Link to EPDC Webinars Website

NOTE: Lead Teachers participating in WEAR must register to participate in one of the Moon to Mars: Mission and Overview webinars. The certificate of completion will be required with your proposal submission. For a current list of upcoming Moon to Mars Webinars, please review the EPDC website.


Please direct all questions to JSC EPD email link.

Information sessions will be held to answer questions LIVE about the challenge and the proposal process. Sessions will be held online. Please scroll up to review times and connection information. The first information session will also be archived and posted above.

Please be sure to review this website, read all the FAQ's, and watch the Information Session recording. Please contact the team if you still need additional information.

From December 2, 2019 to January 24, 2020, you may call the following phone number for more information: 405-385-2375.


Congratulations to the top teams invited to participate in the 2019 Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation Challenge event at NASA Langley Research Center:

    High School:
  • Council Rock High School South, Rock Rovers, Southampton, Pennsylvania
  • Fairfax High School, Team Half Life, Fairfax, Virginia
  • Milby High School, Aero-Geeks, Houston, TX
  • Red Mountain High School, Red Mountain High School Engineering, Mesa, Arizona
  • Saint Thomas Academy, STA NASA WEAR, Mendota Heights, Minnesota
    Middle School:
  • Central Junior High, Central Space Station, Pollok, Texas
  • Civil Air Patrol - Cuyahoga County Squadron, Da Black Sheep, Akron, Ohio
  • Deady Middle School, GenZ, Houston, Texas
  • Jenks Middle School, Jenks Robonauts, Jenks, Oklahoma
  • Wakulla Middle School, Wearcats, Wakulla, Florida