The goal of Challenge: Asteroids! is to expose students to exciting careers in engineering, focused on the area of space exploration and asteroids. It is a browser-based game that challenges students to take on the role of an engineer at SpaceWorks, an aerospace facility. Students play through orientation and training exercises in the form of fun, self-directed missions.
Challenge: Asteroids! engages youth in completing three missions—designed to help them learn the differences between near-Earth objects like asteroids, comets, and meteoroids and some of the tools used by aerospace engineers to study objects in space. The game is used as a springboard for inspiring a deep understanding of engineering concepts, with a specific focus on asteroids and the field of space exploration. Players think about why we study asteroids, and they explore the potential benefits of asteroids.