Mars 2020

June 19, 2020 — Arrows of Artemis (aka RoboScout Squad) is excited to report that we were recognized with TWO prizes in the nationwide NASA Mars Freestyle Challenge:

Spirit Award
Best in Mission Objective 07 – Mission Development Log

We are so proud of our go-getter girls. Despite social distancing, they innovate and carry on. ❤️🧡

We look forward to ROADs on Mars restarting as soon as possible.

#ArrowsOfArtemis #RoboScoutSquad #MarsFreestyle #FIRSTLikeAGirl #GirlsInSTEM Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming


May 17, 2020 — Our submissions for the Mars Freestyle Challenge are complete. It will probably be several weeks before we hear any results. Good luck to everyone participating around the country! Thank you NWESSP and NASA for the fun change of pace from school work while we are all practicing social distancing at home.

April 13, 2020 — ROADS on Mars is “grounded” until things improve with COVID. To keep us all busy while we are at home, NASA and NWESSP have created the MARS Freestyle Challenge. Each team member recreates a part of the Mars mission from home. By the deadline of May 18th, the team must submit a 4 minute video of their missions and a Mission Data Log. We are all working hard from home. You can learn more about the challenge here.


February 14, 2020

ROADS on Mars Mission Patch

We’ve been so focused on FLL lately! For those that don’t remember, we are also working on the next NASA Challenge. Our mission patch displays Artemis, goddess of the moon, the hunt and of young women, pointing 3 arrows each named for the Girl Scout Mission Statement, to develop girls of Courage, Confidence and Character, launched toward Mars. Five stars in the field represent our team members. Artemis is the name of the new NASA rocket program that will bring the first woman to the moon as the next giant leap toward Mars.

The Artemis goddess drawing was borrowed with permission from Camp Artemis, an outdoor leadership Girl Scout camp in Santa Cruz, California for older girls. We are honored that they chose us as the first organization ever granted permission to use/modify their logo, which was created by their campers 14 years ago.  #GirlPower #ROADSonMars #Mars2020 #GirlsInSTEM #GirlScouts


February 1, 2020 – Environmental Challenge Part Two: The Search for Life


December 17, 2019

We have a new team name and logo for the NASA ROADS on Mars Challenge!

Arrows of Artemis

There will likely be a bit more development of our logo, but we needed something in time for the first social media post deadline. We’ll give you the back story on it later as well.


December 17, 2019 – Environmental Challenge Part One: Delta Dynamics


Erosion, Deltas & Craters

December 3, 2019

Who likes playing in a sandbox? We certainly do! The ROADS challenge part 1 consists of experiments to explore how water flow and foreign object impacts affect land formations. It also was a great refresher on the scientific method and lab reports. We’ll post our official challenge submission soon. #ROADSonMars #Mars2020

Here’s the link to the challenge manual.

Challenge 1 is due December 20th.

Challenge 2 is due January 15th.

Mission Patch is due mid February.

The Montana Regional ROADSonMars Challenge is at Montana Learning Center on April 24th and 25th, 2020!


September 27, 2019 – 

#ROADSonMars #MARS2020

Registration isn’t posted yet, but Coaches Krista and Sherri are reading up on the material. A few preparatory science experiments, scientific log book, social media posts and new drone and rover challenges await. Only six transmission interrupts allowed, what?!  That will force some precision and strategy.

Here’s a link to our You Tube playlist. This is where we will keep official and helpful videos for the ROADS challenge.  https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLm-euWGlnz55Wf8BSYXX3XkHxS7Rtcqdw 

Below is the official NESSP playlist for the ROADS on Mars Challenge:

We may have to purchase some equipment: gas sensor, microscope and a mars challenge map. We’ll also need to build a water flow table. This will all tie in great with the girls’ middle and high school science curriculum and we know they love playing in sandboxes.

Here’s the general, but not firm, time frame for the challenge. I would not expect a local (regional qualifier) challenge, but you never know. All the info is not out yet.

More info to come as we get it!  Stay tuned!

August 2019

More info to come in a few months, but here’s a preview of next summer’s “The ROADS on Mars” challenge. We anticipate this to be similar to this year’s “Apollo Next Giant Leap” challenge with a combination of drone piloting and Lego rover maneuvering. We’ll be in the high school division next year.

  • Rover
  • Observation
  • And
  • Drone
  • Survey

Watch for more news @ https://nwessp.org/mars/about/

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