Mission 3

   InWorld Innovation

  • Research
  • Design
  • Innovate


Mission 3 takes Mission 2 to a new dimension - actually, to a virtual world.

Just as in Mission 2, you will solve a problem redesigning NASA technology.

You will use an Engineering Design Process to modify one of the 20 identified NASA Spinoff technologies to 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.

But your work doesn’t stop here.  Mission 3 takes your ideas into a 3D virtual world.

Twenty teams will be selected to develop models and a marketing plan for their Spinoff ideas within a virtual world setting.  With the help of engineering and marketing professionals and college students (listed to the right), these teams will take their designs to a new level. Teams will also have the opportunity to interact with NASA researchers and other professionals within the virtual world.

Design Process Steps 



Take the challenge! 



Download your mission guide



The deadline has now passed to enter Mission 3 for 2019.

The NASA OPSPARC team thanks all of the students who submitted Mission 3 projects. Winners can be found here.

Professional & University Mentors:


Cornell_University_seal.svg university of virginia  hampton university

             University of Houston           FIU-1 asu_logo_1odu-fullsig-blu

virginia tech  university of vermont

   UMD_White  imageedit_1_4883131325

       howardu_clocktower_logo_portrait_blueonwhite_0         texas A&M vector



Awards & Recognition

Selection for InWorld OPSPARC
College mentors will review the submitted multimedia entries and select the teams they will mentor for the InWorld OPSPARC. Twenty teams will be selected for InWorld OPSPARC where they will continue to develop their Spinoff designs and develop a marketing plan within a 3D, multi-user virtual world.


Rubrics found within the Mission 3 Coach Guide and Student Design Packet will be used to select six finalist teams. These six teams will prepare for a 30-minute design review with a NASA evaluation team within the virtual world.

The winning team will be selected based upon the 30-minute design review.  A second rubric, found within the Mission 3 Coach Guide and Student Design Packet, will be used during the design review to select the winning team.


All students, with the necessary parental permissions, who submit an entry for Mission 3 receive a NASA Certificate of Participation from NASA Goddard Space Flight Center.


The winning team is 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 will receive up to a $4000 stipend to facilitate participation in the two-day workshop.


 * All decisions made by NASA Goddard in regard to choosing a winner will be considered final.