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Launched in May 2021, this NASA competition enables students in grades 6-12 to propose technologies for development and flight testing. Teams can submit ideas for experiments to fly on a suborbital flight platform. Competition winners receive $1,500 to build their payloads and an assigned spot on a NASA-sponsored commercial flight test.

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2023–2024 NASA TechRise Student Challenge

NASA is calling on middle and high school students to join the third NASA TechRise Student Challenge, which invites student teams to submit science and technology experiment ideas to fly on a rocket-powered lander or high-altitude balloon in the third TechRise Student Challenge.

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Students in sixth to 12th grades attending a U.S. public, private, or charter school – including those in U.S. territories – are challenged to team up with their schoolmates to design an experiment under the guidance of an educator. Administered by Future Engineers, the challenge offers participants hands-on insight into the payload design and suborbital flight test process, with the goal of inspiring a deeper understanding of space exploration, Earth observation, coding, electronics, and the value of test data. Teams should submit their experiment ideas by the challenge deadline on Monday, Nov. 13, 2023. 

A total of 60 winning teams will be selected to build their proposed experiment. Each winning team will receive $1,500 to build their experiment, a flight box in which to build it, and an assigned spot to test their experiment on a NASA-sponsored rocket-powered lander or high-altitude balloon flight. Winning teams will also receive technical support from Future Engineers advisors, who will help students learn the skills needed to turn their experiment idea into reality. No experience is necessary to join the NASA TechRise Challenge!

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Educator Resources

Educators interested in TechRise can RSVP to join this year’s Educator Workshops on Aug. 31 and Sept. 14 and sign their class up to attend the NASA TechRise Virtual Field Trip on Sept. 29 to learn more about the challenge, high-altitude balloons, rocket-powered landers and how to develop a NASA TechRise proposal.

Proposal Help Q&A: Students and educators can have proposal questions answered live during NASA TechRise Proposal Help Office Hours at 1:00-2:00pm PT on Monday, Oct. 30, and Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2023. RSVP under Events at


Sarah Mann
Armstrong Flight Research Center, Edwards, Calif.
661-233-3758 |

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See TechRise in Action!

Live stream from the NASA TechRise 2021–22 Student Challenge Aerostar High-Altitude Balloon Launch on June 14th, 2023.

Helpful Webinars

These webinars, held as part of our Community of Practice series, provide insights and tips for potential TechRise participants.

The Pace of Space: What’s New in Suborbital Flight