Innovation Gateway

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Make a contribution to research, increase your scientific understanding and immerse yourself in science, technology, engineering and math with our Innovation Gateway community science initiative.

Space Center Houston Challenges

Carbon Capture Challenge 2022

Space Center Houston is excited to team up with Chevron to create a unique opportunity for Houston-area classrooms to join the team of engineers, scientists, and aerospace professionals solving space exploration’s greatest challenges.

The STEM Innovations in Schools program, presented by Chevron, has launched the “Carbon Capture Challenge 2022.” Space Center Houston is spearheading this challenge with expert panelists from Chevron, NASA Johnson Space Center, and Greentown Labs.

Virtual Campout Challenges

Register for our monthly Virtual Campouts to compete in challenges with fellow community scientists.

Research

Balance Study

In a microgravity environment of space, changes to the human body can affect muscles, bones and balance. To test how gravitational environments may affect balance and stability, astronauts go through a variety of tests before and after space travel. Through observing the impact on the human body in space, scientists are finding solutions that can help people on Earth. Space Center Houston and Baylor College of Medicine are investigating how balance changes with age.

International Space Station DNA Experiment

Students of Space Center Houston’s Space Center University designed an experiment for astronauts to perform on the International Space Station, scheduled to launch on the SpaceX resupply mission in November. The experiment will determine if a specific, targeted enzyme can successfully sever a circular DNA strand into a linear one in the weightlessness of spaceflight.

Past Challenges

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Space Robotics Challenge - Phase Two

The second phase of the Space Robotics Challenge will focus on advancing the autonomous capabilities of dexterous mobile robots to accomplish long-term in-situ resource utilization (ISRU) tasks, with 100% autonomy.

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Design and Build A Rocket

In this challenge, you will design and build a rocket.

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Design and Build Distortion Goggles

In this challenge, you will design and create your own distortion goggles.

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Design & Build a Terrarium

In this challenge, you will design and build your very own terrarium.

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Design & Build a Water Filtration System

In this challenge, you will design design and build a water filtration system.

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Design and Test a Rover

In this challenge, you will design, build, and test a functional rover. This rover needs to be able to move under its own power.

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Design and Test a Solar Oven

In this challenge, design a solar oven and use your design to warm a previously cooked or unperishable food item. Challenge winners can select from two general admission tickets to Space Center Houston or a virtual chat with a NASA astronaut.

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Design an End Effector for a Robotic Arm

In this challenge, design an end effector, which is something that can grab or manipulate objects, for the end of a robotic arm. This challenge has three levels and two prize options!

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Design Astronaut Meals for the Space Station

In this challenge, design astronaut meals for the International Space Station. This challenge has two levels! Make a meal addressing the ISS food system in level 1. Develop a complete food system for one astronaut on the Space Station for one week in level 2.

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Design a Spacecraft and Mission

Design your own spacecraft and mission. Submissions should include diagrams of your spacecraft and mission. These can be drawings, schematics, renderings, etc. The mission should chart where the flight path and any potential landing sites.

Design a long duration space environment

We exist in an exciting moment for space exploration as the first crewed mission to Mars draws closer. With this excitement comes a need to create stimulating environments that can increase and/or maintain fine motor control for astronauts. What’s your solution?

CO2 monitor for long duration spaceflight

High concentrations of carbon dioxide can lead to a variety of problems in long duration spaceflight. This presents a difficult issue for spaceflight as the station or vehicles are a relatively closed system, relying on filters, or scrubbers to remove carbon dioxide (CO2). Show us your design for a personal CO2 monitor for use in long-duration spaceflight.

Space Robotics Challenge - Phase One

NASA’s R5 Valkyrie robot is leading the way in the advancement of humanoid robots with cutting-edge, human-like dexterity in order to provide support with mission operations. Programmers from around the world competed to help NASA develop Valkyrie’s abilities in phase one of the Space Robotics Challenge.

Space Exploration Robot

Space exploration has moved from lifting satellites into orbit and placing men on the moon to sending probes to the edges of our solar system and the eventuality of manned missions to Mars. The only reason these advances have been possible is because of the incredible new technologies dreamed up by dedicated scientists, technicians and engineers.

NASA & Community Challenges

NASA INVITES PUBLIC TO HELP ASTEROID MISSION CHOOSE SAMPLE SITE

Community scientists assemble! NASA’s OSIRIS-REx mission to the asteroid Bennu needs extra pairs of eyes to help choose its sample collection site on the asteroid – and to look for anything else that might be scientifically interesting.

NASA SOLVE

Your gateway to several open NASA challenges!

NASA SPACE APPS CHALLENGE

Participate in NASA’s largest international Hackathon. Registration will open soon.

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