Students who sign on to participate in NASA's Engineering Design Challenges Program will encounter many of the same challenges faced by some of NASA's top scientists and engineers, as they compete to design the next generation of space vehicles, habitats, and futuristic technologies. Working under the supervision of their teachers, students design, build, test, redesign, and rebuild high-tech models depicting all sorts of out-of-this-world technologies--from the electrodynamic propulsion systems used to power spacecraft to satellites and thermal protection devices. Each challenge encourages middle and high school students to participate in classroom activities meant to simulate the actual design, testing, and...

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