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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?

  1. Review information about The Challenge on our website for details on what to expect
  2. Look over the Cost & Registration page for additional information on registration and fees.

Please email with any questions or to set up a phone appointment to help you decide if Idaho TECH is a good fit for you! 

2019-2020 Competition Schedule

We have received funding for the 2019-2020 school year. Competitions will be held in Pocatello, Moscow, and in the Twin Falls area. Sign-up for these competitions are now available!

  • The Pocatello competition will be held on Saturday, April 10, 2021.
  • The Twin Falls area competition will be held on Saturday, April 17, 2021.
  • The Moscow competition will be held on Saturday, April 24, 2021, concurrent with the UI Engineering fair.

At this time, you may begin registering for competitions in Pocatello, Moscow, and Twin Falls through Eventbrite. Be sure to request as many tickets as teams you wish to enter. 

For those interested in applying for a grant to help defray the cost of travel to the competition, please visit the Idaho Space Grant Consortium web page for K-12 travel grants.

Lego model of the Mars Rover