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Idaho State University

Idaho Teaching Engineering to Children (Idaho TECH)

Idaho Tech. Mars Rover Challenge

What is it?

Idaho TECH is a STEM competition sponsored by the NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium (ISGC). Students in 4th through 6th grades work together as teams to design and construct Mars Rover models out of Lego® and non-Lego components. The teams test their models at an Idaho TECH Engineering Design Competition (EDC), held in Pocatello or Moscow.

Who can join?

Idaho teachers, parents, or other community members who can create at least one team of four to six 4th – 6th graders. Incorporate lesson plans into school lesson plans, an after-school program, a boy/girl scouts group, a religious group, etc.

How do I get started?

Review information about The Challenge for information about what to expect then look at the Registration page to find out how to sign up a team. Email to ask questions or set up a phone conversation to help decide if Idaho TECH is a good fit for you!

We are currently recruiting volunteer judges for the Pocatello and Moscow Idaho TECH - NASA Mars Rover Competitions. Apply using our Volunteer Sign Up Sheet.

2019-2020 Schedule

ISU is currently awaiting funding for the 2019-2020 school year. Competitions will be held in Pocatello, Moscow, and in the Twin Falls area. Signup for these competitions will be available in the future. Moscow competitions will be held on Friday, May 1, 2020. The date of the Twin Falls and Moscow competitions will be announced in the near future.  

Lego model of the Mars Rover