Rocket 21 J2M Voices Challenge

The Journey to Mars
will be the journey of a lifetime.

It's happening in YOUR lifetime.

NASA wants YOUR help
to solve important challenges.

Share YOUR ideas & solutions.

Bring YOUR voice.
Join us in the Journey to Mars VOICES Challenge.

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The Journey to MarsThe Journey to Mars

NASA is pushing the frontiers of human exploration with the next giant leap, the Journey to Mars.

This Journey will help answer big questions:

  • Did life once evolve on Mars?
  • What happened to the water on Mars?
  • Could the same thing happen on Earth?

Getting to Mars is hard.
We want your help to solve these Challenges:

  • Preparing for Mars
  • Getting to Mars
  • Living & working on Mars


Journey to Mars


The InvitationThe Invitation

Rocket21, the National Institute of Aerospace, and NASA want YOU to share your ideas and help plan the Journey to Mars. YOUR generation (Gen Z) will be the planet's FIRST to witness human space flight to Mars. Share YOUR ideas and solutions to the challenges that will be faced in this monumental journey.

The Journey to Mars VOICES Challenge includes a series of activities, contests and competitions. There are rewards, recognition, and prizes along the way. Most importantly, it's YOUR chance to play a role in the journey of a lifetime.

The ChallengeThe Challenge

Learn about NASA's plans for The Journey to Mars and the obstacles that must be overcome to make this journey. Then, use what you've learned to THINK ABOUT and SHARE your ideas and solutions.

Your ultimate goal is to create a script and record a 90-second podcast (audio recording of you presenting your script) or vodcast (a video of you presenting your script) to SHOUT OUT your ideas. Be sure to use what you've learned about the obstacles in planning your entry.

There are lots of resources to help you and many chances to win great prizes.



PrizesJourney to Mars VOICES Challenge Prizes

Prize iconGrand Prizes: Once-in-a-lifetime trips to Washington, DC
Two students will be selected from the National Finalists to represent Gen Z (the Mars Generation) at the 2016 USA Science & Engineering Festival, April 16th and 17th. Grand prize winners will each receive on-stage recognition, signed Certificates of Distinction, $500 in Cash, and personalized visits to the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, with Mars subject matter experts . Plus travel and hotel accommodations. Grand Prize Winners announced Monday, March 21st, 2016.

Prize icon National Finalists: Your ideas shared with MILLIONS of people!
Twelve students will be selected to work with producers of Innovation Now, (a MAJOR radio and podcast program) to refine, produce and distribute each student's podcast to their TEN MILLION LISTENERS and subscribers. Your voice will be heard by millions!​ Two of the twelve National Finalists will earn Grand Prizes. The other ten National Finalists will receive $100 in cash, a pair of BEATS Solo2 Headphones, and signed Certificates of Distinction. National Finalists announced Thursday, March 10th, 2016.

Prize iconMilestone Winners: 100 Prizes in Mars Monday Milestone Drawings
Beginning on Monday, November 30th, there will be Monday Milestone Drawings where students will be selected to win prizes from the Rocket21 Prize Vault. Ten winners will be announced each Monday from November 30th through Monday, February 1st, 2016. Drawings will include NASA merchandise, gift certificates from online retailers, and BEATS Solo2 Headphones. Each time a student SUBMITS a completed Challenge Milestone, the student will be entered into all remaining Monday Milestone Drawings. Each completed milestone improves the student's chances to win! Check out the Mars Monday Milestone Winners here.

Prize iconOfficial Certificates of Completion:
All students who submit their finished script and podcast will receive a signed Certificate of Completion, recognizing their expertise and effort in completing the VOICES Challenge.


Final Submissions Due February 29th, 2016


The Journey to Mars VOICES Challenge Milestones

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