NASA Make: Challenge Submission Guidelines

We’ve published the rules and guidelines for the 2011 NASA Make: Challenge, which invites makers to propose kits that high school students can build in their classrooms to explore a scientific, technical, or math concept by flying the kits on a suborbital rocket flight.

Proposals for the NASA Make: Challenge should be submitted electronically to by midnight (Pacific Daylight Savings Time) April 30, 2011. To develop a successful proposal, please consult the rules and guidelines found at:

A submission to the NASA Make: Challenge will consist of two parts: (1) a written proposal describing the kit and (2) the project documentation described online at Make: Projects.

NOTE: The NASA Make: Challenge is open to all U.S. citizens. Proposers under the age of 18 must include the permission of a parent or guardian to participate.

Prize: The winner of the NASA Make: Challenge will win a trip to the Bay Area Maker Faire on May 21 & 22 where the winning project will be featured and the maker honored. The winning project will also be published in MAKE Magazine.

We are planning a webcast for the week of March 28. The webcast will be an opportunity to learn from experts about developing experiments that can fly in space. They will be available for questions as well.

For more information and to sign up for the mailing list, visit: 2011 NASA Make: Challenge.

4 thoughts on “NASA Make: Challenge Submission Guidelines

  1. Gregg says:

    Now there’s an idea. Eventually after the kids are done, open it to all participants in the Make areas of expertise.

  2. Antti Salenius says:

    I’m not in for the glory, besides, my suggestion is quite stupid.
    I was wondering, what doesn’t react wit matter, well granith, among other bedrocks.
    My idiotic idea is to cut plates of granith into various meseurments of thickness, and run some current through them(I know, granith is not a conducter) sealed in a led box Which should eleminate all other radiation and particals, if anti-matter hits the plates, it shoul show in the oskillator.It could be just the size of a mousetrap.
    aahh, that’s a stuped idea, please ignore it…
    But i’ll send it anyway, incase some one gets a better ide baced on this one…
    Sincerely Yours, Antti Salenius

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DALE DOUGHERTY is the leading advocate of the Maker Movement. He founded Make: Magazine 2005, which first used the term “makers” to describe people who enjoyed “hands-on” work and play. He started Maker Faire in the San Francisco Bay Area in 2006, and this event has spread to nearly 200 locations in 40 countries, with over 1.5M attendees annually. He is President of Make:Community, which produces Make: and Maker Faire.

In 2011 Dougherty was honored at the White House as a “Champion of Change” through an initiative that honors Americans who are “doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world.” At the 2014 White House Maker Faire he was introduced by President Obama as an American innovator making significant contributions to the fields of education and business. He believes that the Maker Movement has the potential to transform the educational experience of students and introduce them to the practice of innovation through play and tinkering.

Dougherty is the author of “Free to Make: How the Maker Movement Is Changing our Jobs, Schools and Minds” with Adriane Conrad. He is co-author of "Maker City: A Practical Guide for Reinventing American Cities" with Peter Hirshberg and Marcia Kadanoff.

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