NPS Design Challenge 2024

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NPS Student Mentor Registration


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Are you interested in becoming a Student Mentor? Please submit the registration form. If you have questions, contact us at

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School Group Registration


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Access Curriculum and Challenge Materials here (coming soon! password required)


Design Challenge Virtual Kickoff

Date: Feb 1 - Apr 15

Design Challenge Period: Feb 1 - Apr 15


APR 15

Design Challenge Judging Period: Apr 15 - Apr 30

Date: Apr 15 - Apr 30

Winners Announcement Event

Location TBD

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Rapid Innovation Design Challenge

Wade into the future of innovation with the 2024 Rapid Innovation Design Challenge! Hosted by the Naval Postgraduate School in collaboration with the NPS Foundation, CRUSER, Western Flyer Foundation, Scoutlier, and ONR, this opportunity is targeted at all 9-12th grade students!

2022 NPS Design Challenge Winners

2022 Design Challenge Winners

Explore education and research across diverse disciplines through hands-on learning activities. This year, our Design Challenge empowers student groups to unleash their skills and tackle real-world climate change challenges in their communities.

Partner up with NPS student mentors, brainstorm solutions, and pitch your ideas to a panel of judges. Challenge students to think creatively as they develop autonomous solutions, focusing on water quality monitoring during floods or ocean and atmospheric measurements during storms. All resources are free and funded for you through our sponsoring organizations.

Ready to be part of the change? Register here.

If you have any questions, please contact the design team at


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Design Challenge 2024 Curriculum

Curriculum information for 2024 program to be added soon.

Volunteer to be a Mentor!

NPS Students, partner with local high school students and explore how an application enginge can help your team rapidly build, test, and deploy applications that can help address challenges they experience in their neighborhoods and communities. No coding experience necessary.