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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 in teams to design and construct Mars Rover models out of Lego® and non-Lego components. The teams will test their Mars Rover models at an Idaho TECH Engineering Design Competition (EDC), held in Pocatello, Moscow, or Twin Falls.

Who can join?

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

How do I get started?

Review information about The Challenge on our website for details on what to expect, then look over the Cost & Registration page for additional information on registration and fees. Please email with any questions or to setup a phone appointment to help you decide if Idaho TECH is a good fit for you! 

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, and the date of the Twin Falls and Pocatello competitions will be announced in the near future.  

Lego model of the Mars Rover