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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.

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

Please check back for future opportunities to participate in WEAR.




Eligibility Requirements

Proposal Guidelines

Key Dates and Times

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Information Sessions

Getting Started

Getting Started



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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.

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Eligibility Requirements

  1. Formal or informal education organizations may participate. A Letter of Support from principal or administrator must be submitted during registration.

  2. Students:
    • Teams can include any students within the grade range.
    • Tops teams will select 4-6 students to represent the full team at a NASA center following the criteria below.
    • Students will participate in teams based on age range.
    • Middle School (11-14 years old)
    • High School (14-17 years old)
    • Middle school teams will compete against each other and the high school teams will compete against each other.
    • Fourteen-year-old youth may be on a middle school or high school age team, but not both.

  3. Educators: Certified educator working in a formal or informal education setting.

  4. Educators must complete an EPDC Moon to Mars webinar and submit a certificate of completion.

  5. Complete all evaluations on time.

  6. Top design teams will select representative members to visit a NASA center.
    • All participants that travel to a NASA center, youth and educator, must be US citizens.
    • Student members must be aged 13-17 during travel to NASA center.
    • Traveling team must include two certified educators.
    • Traveling team members will use housing and transportation provided.

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Key Dates and Times

    Note: All times Central.
  • April 8, 2019, Proposals Open

  • April 9, 2019, 4:00pm CDT Information Session

  • April 11, 2019, 5:30pm CDT Information Session

  • April 17, 2019, 5:00pm CDT Information Session

  • April 29, 2019. 5:00pm CDT Information Session

  • May 10, 2019, 2:00pm CDT Team Registration Due

  • May 13 - June 14 Webinars and Badges

  • June 21, 2019, 2:00pm CDT Proposals Due

  • July 2, 2019, 2:00pm CDT Top Teams Announced

  • August 5 - August 9, 2019 Testing Week at Langley Research Center, VA

  • August 16, 2019, 5:00pm CDT Final Evaluations and Surveys Due

Information Sessions

  • 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:

  • Download the free Zoom App from your app store to attend via smartphone or tablet, or connect in a browser on your computer.
      Note: All times Central.
    • April 9, 2019, 4:00pm CDT
    • April 11, 2019, 5:30pm CDT
    • April 17, 2019, 5:00pm CDT
    • April 30, 2019. 5:00pm CDT

  • Click here for a recording of the April 9 Information Session.

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Getting Started

To get started with this challenge, sign up using this 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 experimental test week.
  • 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 here. FY19 SDS WEAR Challenge Content Resources and Lesson Plans.pdf

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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 at all levels including university pre-service educators, pre-service teachers, K-12 teachers, and informal educators.

EPDC Moon to Mars Webinars -

NOTE: Educators participating in WEAR must register to participate in one of the Moon to Mars Webinars. The certificate of completion will be required with your proposal submission.

  • 4/29: Moon to Mars Webinar
  • 5/13: Moon to Mars Webinar
  • 5/28: Moon to Mars Webinar

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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.