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!
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 (SMEâ€™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.
To get started with the WEAR challenge, sign up using this link: Registration Link
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 using this link.
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: