A New Home: Mission III

A New Home: Mission III

Welcome to the year 2060


Space is becoming ever more popular. Frontier colonies already exist on the surface of MARS and THE MOON.

BOLD EXPLORERS AND PIONEERS have been coming to Mars to work on mining, scientific research and low-gravity manufacturing. Supported by regular shipments from Earth, small communities are starting to thrive.

It is time to establish a larger SETTLEMENT for more residents from Earth...

IN PROGRESS This Mission is open until 11th November 2020.

The Challenge

Create a mini-guide for a settlement on Mars, persuading people from Earth to become first-settlers and make their home in the new, larger settlement.

Design the settlement to accommodate an initial population of 1000, including 100 children, allowing room for future growth.

  • Provide a map of your settlement. Label your map with key landmarks and features, including:
    • places that residents can visit
    • where food, water and waste will be managed
    • how people and supplies will come in and out of the settlement
      Consider what more a settlement needs to support residents.
  • Show residents:
    • floor plans of the residential buildings
    • how energy is generated for the settlement
    • transport to move around the settlement
  • Give your settlement its own identity.
    • Name your settlement and choose a slogan
    • Design its flag and mission patch (that is sewn onto spacesuits)
      Consider how else you could make your settlement more appealing to prospective residents.

Imagine there are no limitations on resources. We want to see your creative and innovative ideas to appeal to residents - be as bold as you can within realism. What makes your settlement unique from others in the Solar System?

How to Enter

The competition is open to Key Stages 2 and 3. You can enter as an individual or as a team of up to four.

Your guide brochure can be up to 4 sides of A4, including any cover pages. Create them however you like: on paper (which you then photograph or scan) or on computer. All entries must be submitted to us as a PDF document so we can share them with the judging panel.

The final deadline is 5pm on 11th November 2020. The submission form for sending us your entry will become available on 3rd November 2020.

Please register here, so that we know you are interested in participating.

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3rd November

Submission form opens

11th November

Deadline for entries (5pm)


Winners are announced

What is the judging criteria?

Your project will be reviewed by a judging panel who have backgrounds in science, engineering and space exploration. The judging criteria includes these three categories.


Entries that are based on real scientific principles


Entries that are new, interesting and innovative


Entries that would persuade us to visit your settlement

What makes a winning entry?

The judges have seen and given feedback on a lot of entries in previous competitions. Here are some of their tips for creating an outstanding design.

Frequently Asked Questions

No. Your entries should be self-contained in one file within the 4-page limit and anything outside of this (including videos or external links) will not be considered by the judges.

You can change the number of your people in your team, and there is no need to fill out the registration form again. Just let us know the new number of people when submitting your entry.

Do you have a question that's not here? Get in touch at digitalcompetition@gchallenge.org. We recieve a lot of emails, so may take a few days to get back to you - thank you for your patience.