NASA TechRise Student Challenge 2021 (Up to $85,500 in prizes)

NASA TechRise Student Challenge 2021 (Up to $85,500 in prizes)

Deadline: November 3, 2021

Applications are open for the NASA TechRise Student Challenge 2021. From remote sensing and climate research to microgravity experiments and technologies to explore the Moon, schools are invited to join NASA in its mission to advance space exploration and enhance the knowledge of Earth.

If you are in sixth to 12th-grade at a U.S. public, private, or charter school, your challenge is to team up with your schoolmates and develop an experiment for one of the following flight test vehicles:

  • Suborbital rocket with about three minutes of microgravity (i.e., weightlessness).
  • High-altitude balloon with more than four hours of flight time at 70,000 feet, exposure to Earth’s atmosphere, and views of our planet.


  • A total of 57 winning teams will each receive $1,500 to build their experiment, a 3D-printed flight box in which to build it, and an assigned spot to test their experiment on a NASA-sponsored suborbital flight.
  • The winning teams will also have access to technical support and office hours with Future Engineers experts when building their experiments.


  • United States public, private, and charter schools incorporated in and maintaining a primary place of business in the United States that serve students in the range of 6th to 12th grades are eligible to assemble a Team (or multiple Teams) and enter.
  • Minimum 4 students per team. No maximum number of students per team.
  • Eligible schools include schools in the fifty United States, District of Columbia, U.S. Territories or Possessions, and schools operated by the U.S. for the children of American personnel overseas (excluding Department of Defense Dependents Schools and other schools considered a Federal entity).

Judging Criteria

  • Originality of the light Experiment (25 Points)
  • Quality of the Build Plan and Compliance with the Design Guidelines (25 Points)
  • Impact on Education and/or Society (25 Points)
  • Timeline Feasibility (25 Points)
  • 5 Bonus Point Awarded if School is Title 1 Eligible


  • Students: Develop an experiment idea with your school team and fill out the questions on the proposal template. Give your completed proposal to your teacher.
  • Teachers/Educators: Coordinate with your students to submit their team proposal. Teachers can submit an unlimited amount of proposals, but make sure each proposal is unique.

Click here to submit

For more information, visit NASA.