There was a series of announcements for competitions in science and engineering this week:
- NASA Great Moonbuggy Race – Open to high school, college, and university students, this competition challenges students to design and race a buggy that can “be human powered and carry two students, one female and one male, over a half-mile simulated lunar terrain course including ‘craters’, rocks, ‘lava’ ridges, inclines and ‘lunar’ soil.” The race is held in Huntsville, Alabama from April 25 – 27, 2013.
- Raytheon’s MathMovesU – Open to middle school students, this scholarship and grant program invites students to “illustrate the importance of math in the mission to Mars and in space exploration.” Applications will be accepted through Feb. 8, 2013.
- Microsoft announced a new global hackathon they’re calling Wowzapp. It’s happening NOW, THIS WEEKEND, at various sites all over the country.
Also stay tuned for the re-appearance of the high school International Genetically Engineered Machines (iGEM) competition, which should open in December and have it’s Jamboree in June. I’ve done this one, and it’s intense but tons of fun.
Also, teams are preparing for next year’s FIRST robotics competition, which will have its challenge announced in January. Form your teams now!