Space

The Great InsectBot Mission Competition

The Prize!

The competition winner will receive amazing “money can’t buy experiences” including a visit to Rocket Lab facilities as a VIP, meet some Space Ambassadors, and even put their mark on a real rocket!
Other prizes will include a series of space and engineering themed experiences thanks to our generous partners.

Step into a NASA engineer’s shoes to design and create a robot, inspired from insects’ unique characteristics, with the capability of surviving on Mars and win an exclusive tour at the Rocket Lab facilities.

Who is the competition for?

Rangatahi in New Zealand aged between 10 and 16 years old who are curious or have a passion for space and engineering. Entries accepted from all over Aotearoa.

This project will help rangatahi understand the engineering process by guiding them through a series of design thinking principles to enable them to design a robotic insect for an extraterrestrial environment.

They will learn how to design their robotic insect to meet the requirements of a given environment; be able to adapt their designs to changes in any new information about the environment from our weekly resources.

How it works...

Entries

Enter by registering for free. Using all the resources and tips we will release during July, start thinking about your InsectBot design. Submit your entry by the closing date.

Judging

Entries will be judged by a panel of experts and shortlisted. Five finalists will be chosen and sent an ‘InsectBot Build Kit’ in order to build their robotic insect entry.

Finalist attend STEMFest in Tauranga

Finalists (along with their whānau*) will be invited to Tauranga STEM Festival (STEMFest) on Sunday 2nd October 2022 as VIPs to present their InsectBot to a panel of experts.

*Finalists will be offered a contribution towards travel expenses to Tauranga for STEMFest in October 2022.

Winner announced!

The winner will be selected and announced on the day of the Festival.

Sign up to the Mission!

Resources

Make sure you bookmark this page as we will be updating it with useful tips and hints as well as resources to help you design your InsectBot entry.

More Information

Resources

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The Prize!

The competition winner will receive amazing “money can’t buy experiences” including a visit to Rocket Lab facilities as a VIP, meet some Space Ambassadors, and even put their mark on a real rocket!
Other prizes will include a series of space and engineering themed experiences thanks to our generous partners.

The competition timeline

JUL

Competition launches. Register your entry for free.

Research & development period using resources and expert tips online at stemfest.nz/space

AUG

Design and refine InsectBot concepts. Submit your design before the closing date. Competition closes. Five finalists selected by panel of experts. Each finalist will be sent their ‘InsectBot Build Kit’ to help them bring their design to life.

SEP

Work on your InsectBot build by using the experts’ resources at stemfest.nz/space. Finalists will have until STEMFest to finalise your build.

OCT

Finalists present at STEMFest. Winner announced at the Festival!

NOV-DEC-JAN

Winner will claim an amazing series of out of this world prizes!

Click here to view the full terms and conditions. This competition is managed by STEM Wana Trust, Registered Charity CC56830.

Inspired by NASA/JPL activity

With thanks to STEMFest Funders Tourism Bay of Plenty & TECT and Headline Sponsor Manawa Energy

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