Below are the Extra Venue Activity options available with missions to Comet Halley, Mars or Earth.
Great Rocket Design Challenge (GRDC)
The Great Rocket Design Challenge applies rocketry principles to design, construct, test and launch an air-powered rocket using real-world problem-solving simulation. Teams will form rocket companies and compete in a commercial endeavor to construct a rocket. Through a strong interdisciplinary approach balancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics, the teams will develop a budget, purchase construction materials and track expenditures while designing and constructing their rockets.
Motors are used in many facets of our lives. Most people don't think about how they will work or what causes them to work. This program offers answers to these questions and more. Participants will use tools to fully dismantle a lawnmower engine and learn about the inner workings of a gas powered combustion engine. They will then have the challenge to reassemble the motor into a working machine. At the conclusion of this activity, participants will have a better understanding of how an engine works and its basic engine parts.
In this EVA, students have been chosen to design and construct a new colony on a recently discovered planet. This planet was selected as the sight for NASA's next colony because its atmospheric, topographic and geological components closely match what is found on Earth. Several voyages to this planet are expected in the next few months. Hundreds of space pioneers are scheduled to arrive here over the next decade. Plans are already in the works for a mission to this planet. NASA is inviting interested parties to submit a model of a space colony module, which will be able to interface with other modules to simulate a fully functioning, self-contained space colony.
Students use interconnecting building tools (Zometools struts and nodes) to build their part of the space colony model according to specifications. Each team has a budget from which to work.