masters of the disasteroid!

The Masters of the Disasteroid! was an interactive, “choose your own” adventure and ideas challenge for children. The competition was a platform to crowdsource solutions that address the potential threat of collision that near-earth objects pose. 

The competition platform provided educational resources to brief the challengers about the promises and perils of asteroids. Participants were given a timeline to design their own solutions to one of five challenges and were encouraged to document or prototype their ideas at school, local maker-spaces, or fabrication labs.

An online voting component allowed participants to judge and discuss their peer submissions based on specific scientific criteria. Through a partnership with DIY, all participants were awarded an astronomer merit badge. Additionally, their work was shared with SpaceGAMBIT and NASA, the competition sponsors.

For more information on the Masters of the Disasteroid! challenge, download the Technical Report (pdf).