Today, NASA opened the contest for K-12 students to name the Mars 2020 rover that launches in July.
To win kids submit their Mars rover name and a short essay (maximum 150 words) explaining the reasons for their selected name. Submissions are then judged by volunteers based on certain criteria. The Mars 2020 rover will seek signs of past microbial life, collect surface samples as the first leg of a potential Mars sample return campaign, and test technologies to produce oxygen from the Martian atmosphere to prepare for future human missions.
Contest partners are Battelle and Future Engineers.
If you are not a student in K-12 but want to be a part of the naming of the Mars Rover, NASA needs judges to help select the winner. All judge volunteers must be 18+ years of age and U.S. residents. If in interested you will need to apply before the November 1st deadline.
How the Contest Works
Be sure to review the rules for all challenge details and entry requirements. This includes the privacy requirement of not including personal names in the submission so that the entry may be posted publically before entering the contest.
To submit a name for the next Mars Rover kids will need to register themselves on the Future Engineers website and provide a class code or their school’s information.
All submissions must be in by November 1, 2019.
Judging occurs between November 1, 2019, and January 1, 2020.
A public poll is conducted in January 2020.
Semifinalists announced on January 9, 2020.
Finalists announced January 20, 2020.
Finalist Interviews February 7, 2020.
Winner and the winning Mars Rover name will be announced on February 18, 2020.