You and 99 others have been sent to live on the planet Mars.

You must contribute to your new community. How will you best use your talents?

Will you help the colonists SURVIVE or THRIVE?


SURVIVE (STEM): Imagine one problem, challenge, or need you may face on your new planet. Attempt to solve using Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Math.


THRIVE (Arts): The citizens of your new colony need to do more than just survive, they want to enjoy life in their new home. Show us an example of a creative output (art, music, literature, dance, etc) that might be inspired by life on Mars.


Registration and Submissions are now Closed

The projects are in the judging phase.


Winners will be contacted during the first week of June and announced during the MNY Festival.  


Thank you to all of our participants!


**If you have completed a project and have not yet submitted it, or if you had an issue with your submission, please contact ASAP. 

This Virtual Challenge was open to students in Grades 3 – 12, located anywhere in the world.

Generous Cash Prizes will be awarded thanks to our sponsor FirstEnergy.


You’ll be offered the opportunity to present your projects alongside NASA and other industry professionals at our Mars Exploration Celebration to be held June 9 – 10th!



Our friends at NASA have supplied these special resources for students to explore.

Any Questions? Contact us at


Available Here


Access our printable flier HERE.


Our industry professional judges for the 2023 STEAM Challenge include:


Bob Collom – NASA HQ

Lindsay Hayes – NASA

Sarah Marcotte – NASA JPL

Michael Meyer – NASA JPL

Thomas Wagner – NASA