Mission on Titan

The Aerospace Jam 2022-24 is a competition for high school teams across Wisconsin to use drones on a NASA Titan-inspired simulated mission. The program is co-sponsored by the NASA Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium and the Milwaukee Bucks. Our goal is to recruit students from diverse backgrounds and cultivate a welcoming and inclusive event that will foster meaningful interactions among teammates and teams.

The event is scheduled to take place on April 10, 2024 at the Fiserv Forum.

The Challenges

Student demonstrating with a robot

By November 1, 2023, teams will be provided with a drone and sensor kit to design and build a data-acquiring platform for a “landing” on Titan. Monthly meetings and technical support will be provided throughout the fall and early spring semesters. The day-long competition will take place on April 10, 2024 at the Milwaukee Bucks’ Fiserv Forum. All team members will be provided free tickets to the Bucks game later that same day.

Specific team challenges will include:

  • specific drone maneuverability tasks
  • sensing and locating objects within the flight area
  • measuring objects within the flight area
  • mission planning

There will be several awards that teams can compete for:
  • Team Grand Titan – overall winner – best combination of day-of performance, social media score, and mission planning
  • Team Titan Navigator – day-of winner – best score for day-of performance
  • Team Titan Luminary – Mission planning – best mission plan
  • Team Titan Aware - Outreach winner - best communication strategy and outreach performance

Participating Teams

Brookfield Central High School
Cedarburg High School
Golda Meir High Schoo
Horlick High Schooll
Marshfield High School
Menomonee Falls High School
North Crawford High School
Waukesha North High School
Watertown High School

Technical support for the competition will be provided in multiple ways.

First, we’ll have Q&A sessions as part of each monthly program. Second, we will be opening an online tutorials page where teams can view instructional videos. Finally, serious technical issues can be brought up to Mike to handle if there is something that is completely stopping a team’s progress.

Part of the challenge is locating needed resources and help from online communities on the web. There are multiple support sites for help with Arduinos and sensors, e.g. Arduino Forum, which can provide help on thorny hardware and software issues.


Our Partners

Milwaukee Bucks



Lab Midwest




Do you have any questions about the event?
Please contact Mike Mortensen: mmortens@carrollu.edu
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