NASA’s App Development Challenge
The NASA App Development Challenge (ADC), a Next Gen STEM activity, is a coding challenge in which NASA presents technical problems to middle and high school students seeking student contributions to deep space exploration missions. The ADC, in cooperation with NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) program, is one of NASA’s Artemis Student Challenges, whose mission is to build foundational knowledge and introduce students to topics, techniques, and technologies critical to the success of the agency’s Artemis program. By responding to the ADC, students take a part directly in the Artemis Generation endeavors to land American astronauts, including the first woman and first person of color on the Moon.
In this year’s challenge, teams of middle school or high school teams have 10 weeks to submit a video showcasing their app to visualize the South Pole region of the Moon utilizing lunar terrain data and display essential information for navigation and communication. Teams with favorable submissions advance to present their app in an interview with NASA subject matter experts from the SCaN team. On conclusion of the interviews, NASA will select Top Teams for a culminating event experience in April 2024.
The challenge begins on October 4, 2023, and concludes with video submission on December 13, 2023.