2014 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge
More than 80 high school and college teams from around the globe will test their engineering skills in a brand new competition for future engineers -- NASA's Human Exploration Rover Challenge at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala., April 10-12.

This new event evolves NASA's original design competition -- the Great Moonbuggy Race. During its 20-year run, the race engaged thousands of students, challenging them to solve scientific design problems just like NASA engineers. The success and popularity of the race demonstrated these budding scientists and engineers were ready to build more complex designs.

In the Human Exploration Rover Challenge, students will design and build vehicles to power around a rugged course at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center -- home to Space Camp and the official visitor center of NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville. Marshall’s Academic Affairs Office, which manages the event, designed the challenge to encourage students to look beyond the moon by creating obstacles to mimic some of the terrain challenges of solar system exploration. Students must design robust and durable rovers with the traction to scale obstacles and meet other challenges.

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