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What is the moon camp challenge?

The Moon Camp Challenge is an educational and inspirational project run by ESA and Airbus Foundation, in partnership with Autodesk. It features preparatory classroom activities that focus on learning-by-design and science experimentation. Students will have to develop a number of curricular scientific experiments related to the Moon and apply their acquired knowledge in an interdisciplinary manner to design their own Moon Camp using a 3D modelling tool (Tinkercad or Fusion 360). The Moon Camp Challenge is divided into three separate categories: «Moon Camp Discovery», «Moon Camp Explorers» and «Moon Camp Pioneers».

In the future, to enable astronauts to stay on the Moon for long periods of time, new infrastructures have to be developed to overcome important challenges. Such challenges include protection from radiation and meteorites, energy production, the extraction and recycling of water, food production and much more. The Moon Camp Challenge invites students to become Moon explorers and decode some of the complexities future astronauts may face.

Each team’s mission is to design a 3D Moon Camp able to sustain at least 2 astronauts and to include:

  • Use of local resources (e.g. lunar soil, water ice)
  • Technological solutions (e.g. power source, recycling system, food growth chamber)
  • Protection (from meteorites and radiation)
  • Living and working facilities for the astronauts.

Moon Camp Discovery

Teams design one component of the Moon Camp using Tinkercad. Once they upload their design, they will receive a Moon Camp participation certificate. The mission in this category is non-competitive.

  • Complexity level: beginners
  • Tool: Tinkercad
  • Age range: recommended 6 to 14 years old (but open for students up to 19 years old)
  • Registrations are open from  16 September 2020 to 25 March 2021

Moon Camp Explorers

Using Tinkercad, teams design the complete Moon Camp and submit their report to an expert jury. Participating teams will compete for the Moon Camp Explorers Prize for best project.

  • Complexity level: intermediate
  • Tool: Tinkercad
  • Age range: up to (and including) 14 years old
  • Registrations are open from 12 January 2021 to 25 March 2021

Moon Camp Pioneers

Using Fusion 360, teams design the complete Moon Camp and submit their report to an expert jury. Participating teams will compete for the Moon Camp Pioneers Prize for best project.

  • Complexity level: advanced
  • Tool: Fusion 360
  • Age range: 15 up to (and including) 19 years old
  • Registrations are open from 12 January 2021 to 25 March 2021

Teams must be comprised of a minimum of 2 up to a maximum of 6 students and must be supported by a teacher or educator. Teams are allowed to submit their project to both Moon Camp Discovery and Moon Camp Explorers or Pioneers. There is no limit to the number of teams a teacher or educator and school or club can enter.

How to apply

The Moon Camp challenge is open worldwide. Please refer to the guidelines regarding the additional eligibility criteria for teams from ESA Member and Associate States. The competition will only be supported in English.

For further information about Moon Camp Challenge and the guidelines, read more at mooncampchallenge.org