The Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation (WEAR) Challenge, a NASA student design challenge for wearable radiation countermeasures, 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.
The Wearable Equipment for Averting Radiation (WEAR) Challenge, a NASA student design challenge for wearable radiation countermeasures, invites teams of educators and students to help solve technical problems related to deep space exploration. The process begins with the commitment to participate from a team, including a commitment from the supporting institution.
This opportunity, scheduled for May to August 2019, allows middle and high school students to design headgear to help mitigate radiation exposure during deep space missions. The NASA RadWorks team will identify the constraints for wearables and student teams will design and develop concepts and low fidelity models that can be evaluated by NASA personnel. Student teams will submit a design proposal via video for review by NASA personnel. Students and educators will participate in webinars and badges provided by the Educator Professional Development Collaborative (EPDC) related to deep space exploration and radiation. 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 learning sessions scheduled throughout the design period.
Teams are open to any students within the grade range for that team. The top team designs will be invited to send a small, representative team to NASA Langley Research Center (LaRC). These small, representative, student teams and their educator coaches will travel to LaRC to further discuss their ideas with NASA personnel, participate in STEM engagement activities, and tour NASA facilities. Major travel expenses (housing, transportation, and food) will be provided by NASA.
To get started with this challenge, sign up using this link: https://go.nasa.gov/2U38xGt
The registration form requires the following:
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:
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 here. FY19 SDS WEAR Challenge Content Resources and Lesson Plans.pdf
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 at all levels including university pre-service educators, pre-service teachers, K-12 teachers, and informal educators.
EPDC Moon to Mars Webinars - https://www.txstate-epdc.net/events/
Please direct all questions to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.