The ADC is a coding challenge in which NASA presents technical problems to middle and high school students seeking student contributions to deep space exploration missions. By responding to the ADC, students take a part directly in the Artemis Generation endeavors to land American astronauts, including the first woman and first person of color on the Moon. Utilizing what we learn on and around the Moon to take the giant leap: sending the first astronauts to Mars.
NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation program, or SCaN, serves as the program office for all of NASA’s space communications activities.
SCaN is presently enabling the success of more than 100 NASA and non-NASA missions. SCaN manages and directs the ground-based facilities and services provided by the Deep Space Network (DSN) and the Near Space Network (NSN), including the NSN’s Tracking and Data Relay Satellites (TDRS).
NASA’s App Development Challenge Top Team Announcement
Announcement of NASA’s 2023 App Development Challenge (ADC) top teams whose work has earned them a visit to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. The ADC, a part of NASA’s Next Gen STEM project, gave students an opportunity to participate in NASA’s endeavors to land American astronauts, including the first woman and the first person of color, on the Moon. Artemis Generation students were prompted to create an application to visualize the Moon’s South Pole region and display essential information for navigating the lunar surface and receiving signals from Earth.
The following individual coding challenges can be completed in one to two classroom days. To complete these activities, students will need access to a block code platform. In these challenges, Code.org’s “App Lab” is used as an example, however, any block code platform can be utilized.
Authentic, hands-on learning experiences give students in middle school all the way through graduate school a chance to flex their design and engineering skills as they build and launch high-powered rockets, design robots capable of mining the Moon’s surface or traversing difficult lunar terrain, create human-powered rovers, and test technologies and tools to assist future astronauts working on the Moon.