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After a successful landing mission on Mars, it is now time to explore and extract information in order to understand more about the planet. In order to do this, you and your team must establish a settlement for future explorers to live in.

This second phase begins at the home base that has been set up in the middle of  Jezero Crater.

You will deploy 3 exploration units, each given a different mission that will further the settlement efforts. These missions include: mining raw materials from several locations; constructing habitats and other amenities and finally, sampling the Martian terrain to determine optimal farming areas. 

  • Students develop, create, code, and collect data during their scientific mission exploring the Jerico Crater.
  • There are 4 categories and each robot has a specific role to choose from
    • Mining
    • Agriculture
    • Construction
    • Homebase/space crew
  • Add a few sensors, use your creativity and collect the data to help with the Terraform of Mars.
Participating requirement

Kai’s Clan robots with a Mars Mat.

Assign roles






Rules and Regulations

  • Competition is aimed at 7-15 years of age (must be 15 by 31 December 2021)
  • Competition launch 2 August 2021 and close on 30th October 2021
  • No late entries will be accepted
  • The judges’ decision will be final
  • NASA Ambassadors in Education is the panel of judges and will announce the winner early to mid-December 2021.
  • The top 3 projects will be displayed on the Kai’s Clan Stand during the FETC2022 and TCEA2022 Education Conferences  
  • All images used must be students own design or obtained from a free stock library and have permission to be used for future presentations 
  • Schools must have permission from parents to use their children’s images in the Kai’s Space Mission 2021 project to be used on Kai’s Clan marketing and social media channels. 
  • Students agree for their project to be used for any Education/ Marketing purposes
  • Projects may be used as case studies and be used during workshops/conferences
  • All projects, including photographs, can be used for marketing purposes in the media, including social media
  • All schools projects can be added to the Community lesson plans on Kai’s Clan

If you don’t have a Kai’s Clan kit then you can purchase a Kai’s Classroom kit here (includes the AR/VR adventure Mars Mat). If you have a Starter pack then you can purchase a Mars Mat separately.

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Meet your judge

A word from Denise: 2020 Space Race Winners – Sunnyhills Primary School, Auckland, New Zealand.


Congratulations to the Sunnyhills School for their first place accomplishment in the Space Race Kai’s Clan Competition.


Your project showed true innovation in coding, unique design involving 3D printing, and the incredible use of augmented reality.


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(continue) I was impressed by the skills you demonstrated which were, creativity, collaboration, and a strong work ethic.


These exact skills are what is needed for future STEM careers at NASA. I want to encourage you to continue your journey of studying robotics, coding, and space.


Keep reaching for the stars, again, congratulations for this outstanding achievement. 

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Denise Wright - NASA Solar System Ambassador

Denise Wright, is a STEM/ Science Educator, in Horry County Schools. She was a piloting teacher in her state, for the Remote Telescope Distance Learning Program, with the South Carolina State Museum in Columbia, South Carolina. In this program she was one of the first teachers to pilot a historic Alvan Clarke Refracting Telescope to be used in a classroom distance learning environment. She attended Astronomy Camp at the University of Arizona, the launches of Parker Solar Probe, and, Space X CRS18 at Kennedy Space Center, in Cape Canaveral Florida. Because of her passion of space and astronomy, in local community she founded an amateur astronomy group called Grand Strand Astronomers.

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