Montana Learning Center - Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge


Session 1: Fri, July 19, 2019 - Fri, July 19, 2019
Session 2: Sat, July 20, 2019 - Sat, July 20, 2019


7653 Canyon Ferry Road
HELENA Montana 59602

Contact Info

Phone: 4064753638



The Montana Learning Center has been chosen as one of 14 institutions nationwide as regional hubs for Apollo 50th Next Giant Leap Student Challenge, a competition for middle school and high school students. The aeronautics, engineering and robotics competition is hosted by National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) and the Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline, a collaborative K-12 education effort based at the University of Washington in Seattle. The competition recreates the challenges that faced the Apollo 11 moon landing. Each team will need to create a replica of the Apollo Lunar Module that will be landed with a remote controlled drone on a map of the lunar surface. Teams will come to the MLC in July to recreate the historic Apollo 11 lunar landing. The student challenge manual is available online and details the challenge and equipment to be used. Registration for the 25 teams in each division closes March 30. Teams are required to be affiliated with an organization such as a school, library, museum, after-school program or club. Registration and regional hub information can also be found online. The Montana Learning Center will give preference to teams from Montana although teams from other states will be accepted if Montana teams do not fill all of the openings. Sponsors for the competition to be held at the Montana Learning Center are the NASA Science Mission Directorate, Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline, Montana Space Grant Consortium, Montana Office of Public Instruction, Montana State University, Dennis and Phyllis Washington Foundation, Force1 RC and the Montana Learning Center.