Solve a problem redesigning NASA technology.
OPTIMUS PRIME wants you to identify NASA Spinoff technology in your world and test your skills at designing an innovation that will make your world a better place!
By taking on this Challenge, you will learn about NASA Spinoff technology. Just like an engineer, you will use an Engineering Design Process to create your own Spinoff that may solve a real-world problem.
Using a combination of text, images, and videos, you will create an Adobe Spark Page to share your ideas with NASA.
Design Process Steps
Take the challenge!
There will be one winning team or individual for each of the three age categories:
Elementary School (3rd-6th grade)Middle School (7th-8th grade)
High School (9th-12th grade)
All submitted projects are reviewed by a panel of NASA Goddard judges. The winning entry is selected based upon the use of a rubric. Rubrics for each age group are included within the Coach Guidebooks and Student Design Packets.
Winning teams (or individual students) are invited to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center for two days of in-depth, behind the scenes, hands-on workshops with scientists and astronauts.
Each winning team (or individual) will receive an award stipend of up to $4,000 to help offset expenses, generously provided by the Foundation for Technology and Privacy Outreach on behalf of our sponsors.
In addition, to being invited to the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, Mad Science®, a long-time partner of NASA and proud collaborator of the OPSPARC contest, is happy to offer the winning elementary team or individual a $200 voucher towards a Mad Science® program of their choice. Mad Science® has been creating and delivering entertaining and educational hands-on activities to kids and their families for more than 30 years for kids ages 3-12.
* All decisions made by NASA Goddard in regard to choosing a winner will be considered final.