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The Challenge



Teams are challenged to incorporate knowledge of teambuilding, space exploration, and the engineering design process to build a Mars Rover using LEGOs® AND present the Rover in eight different areas at an Engineering Design Competition. If your team does not have full intentions of attending a competition, you should NOT be participating in the Idaho TECH program. 

Teams will:


Each team MUST have a teacher sponsor who will be fully responsible for the team, will be provided LEGO® kits, and be the main point of contact for the team. The teacher sponsor can use parent, community, and mentor support to guide the teams through the process during school or through an after-school program.


Although the Idaho TECH Mars Rover Challenge is sponsored by NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium, the school is responsible for additional expenses. Please refer to Cost & Registration for details. Many schools rely on community fundraising or company sponsorship to assist with expenses.


The NASA Idaho Space Grant Consortium provides the following supplies for use during the program. Kits must be returned at the end of the program in the same condition as they were when received.

Additional supplies for the Mars Rover design must be purchased by the school, and are restricted by the following limitations:


We strongly recommend that teachers/parents read the entire manual and reach out to with questions and clarifications.

View the entire Idaho TECH Manual