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Take a Trip to the Moon With the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest

by Vaun Thygerson
Contributing writer and mother of three

Take remote learning a little further – as in 250,000 miles further. NASA collaborated with Future Engineers to create the Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest. Open to U.S. students in grades K through 12, this contest runs through December 17, 2020, challenging participants to imagine leading a one-week expedition to the moon’s South Pole. 

Every student who submits an essay will receive an official certificate and be invited to a NASA virtual event featuring an astronaut. Semifinalists will be invited to represent their state or territory in a series of Artemis Explorer sessions with NASA experts. Nine finalists will have the opportunity to travel with a parent to NASA’s Johnson Space Center next summer to learn about lunar exploration. The national winner in each grade division will win a family trip to see the Artemis flight test and watch the most-powerful rocket in the world launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. 

To enter the contest, students must submit their essay by December 17. The essays will be divided into three groups for judging by grade level, K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. Make sure to check out the full list of contest details, including that your essay should be no more than 100 words (grades K-4); 200 words (grades 5-8); or 300 words (grades 9-12). Students can sign up individually at the contest site or teachers can register the entire class. 

For more information, please visit https://www.nasa.gov/feature/stem/artemis-essay-contest

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