Journey to Mars VOICES competition open to CT youth

Are you looking for a fun, enriching project for your kids to work on over the holidays? Look no further.

Recognizing that Generation Z will be the first to travel to Mars — NASA, the National Institute of Aerospace and Rocket21 have organized a series of five challenges designed to help students identify and address the hurdles that must be met in order to make such a journey possible.

For the final challenge, contest participants will be asked to create 90-second podcasts presenting their recommendations for pursuing such an intense trip.

Twelve finalists will be selected to work with the producers of Innovation Now to polish their podcasts for broadcast to the show's 10 million listeners.  

Youth who complete the Journey to Mars VOICES Competition will be eligible to win a series of prizes, including a grand prize trip to Washington, DC for the 2016 USA Science & Engineering Festival in April.

The contest runs until Feb. 29. Details may be found at

Connecticut students are encouraged to join the CT group page to access additional resources and support. Participating in the CT group will enable youth to verify their eligibility for incentives and prizes available ONLY to Connecticut students. Following the instructions provided to join the CT group. Any questions? Email here:

About Rocket21

Rocket21 is a social networking platform designed to safely connect kids and teens with professionals and experts representing industries, professions, passions, and movements that span the globe.

The "Journey to Mars VOICES Challenge" is just the latest in a series of contests that have sent Rocket21 members to the GRAMMYs, President Obama's inauguration, YouTube LA, Ted Turner's Flying-D Ranch, Yellowstone, Kennedy Space Center, NASCAR Races, Converse' Rubber Tracks Studios,

Rocket21 ensures each child’s safety and wellbeing through safety nets constructed into the platform. These safety precautions include:

  • State-of-the-art safety and privacy systems, including real-time filtering of all text-based conversations; as well as community moderation, content review and approval of photo and video content before the content displays.

  • Certified COPPA compliance through the PRIVO Privacy Assurance Program, which means that our enrollment and parental verification processes meet all of the requirements of the federal law that governs online privacy for minors.

A detailed review of safety nets can be viewed at