'Moon 2 Mars' Challenges


"Forward to the Moon Mission Patch Design Challenge"


Ever since 1965, NASA and their Astronauts have made it a point to create unique patches for their Spacesuits whenever they go a cool new journey to space. Their designs can range from really simple to intricate, but all tell a unique story about the mission they represent with the use of words, shapes or pictures. Usually, the crew of astronauts collectively design or consign the patch design to a professional before their mission but this time around was special.

NASA and Tynker partnered together to create the "Moon 2 Mars" Challenges as a fun way to include kids on NASA's most ambitious mission yet. One of the challenges was for Tynker kids to use their knowledge and creativity in coding to design an animated mission patch. All students would stand a chance to win a Live Video Chat with a NASA expert on the week of May 19, 2019 - NASA's 50th Anniversary of the Apollo 10 Mission.

All Tynker students around the world would be brief by their teachers a little about NASA's history and their current mission to Moon then Mars in order to get an idea about what to create for their patches. Nearly 10000 patches submitted, only 5 patch designs by 5 lucky kids would be chosen by NASA experts to be winners. 7 out of our 9 RealFun student designs were selected as featured design (total 134 featured patches for the competition) and we are proud to say congratulations to Teng Wei Rui, one of our students for being one of those 5 lucky winners.

Click here if you would like to read more about what NASA and Tynker have planned for the future or would like to take a look at some of our student's design patches, please feel free to scroll down below to check them out!

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Students' Work

Our students' works for "Forward to the Moon Mission Patch Design Challenge"

"Tell Your Lunar Gateway Story" Tynker Coding Challenge



Tynker has partnered with NASA to create 'Moon 2 Mars' Challenges as a cool way to spark kids interest on STEM subjects, especially space related.
These challenges were divided into 3 separate ones spread over a few months. This time around, the challenge was to create and imagine a story with the use of Tynker about how each kid's life would be like as an Astronaut on the Artemis Mission in the Lunar Gateway. For example: how they would go about daily activities like conducting research or exploring the Moon's surface. It's a fun way to see how students think and use what they've learned in class to create intricate animations with an element of storytelling.

Students find it more difficult for this round of challenge due to the reason that non has any  experience in space or as astronauts. Furthermore creating a good story requires detail planning of  the story flow, and putting together the right codes to make it work as per design. It was a tough  challenge and some students did give up but we are glad that most of them persisted and made it  through.

This challenge went live on Sunday, September 29th at 3:00 pm and close on Sunday, October 13th at 11:59 pm. Our students spent days and nights crafting their stories, designing their characters as well as putting all the codes together to create appealing stories. 

The prize for winning would be for their classroom to have a Live Video Chat with a NASA expert on 14th of December, same week as Computer Science Education Week. Alvin, his family, and classmates, he will be celebrating his achievement on December 14, during the Live Video Chat with a NASA expert. This student was always one of the most creative we've ever taught and we're very proud of his achievement! Congratulations again Alvin Voon for winning and making us proud! You've earned this victory and all of Malaysia; especially Miri, Sarawak is proud of you!

Take a look on our students' work on "Tell Your Lunar Gateway Story Challenge"

"Enabling two students to win the Moon2Mars coding challenge consecutively is absolutely amazing. This proves that anyone can be successful, as long as you work hard and aim for the goal. I believe learning to code is critical to prepare anyone to be successful in this era, just like Sen Yu and Wei Rui! Congratulation again to both of them for winning the Moon2Mars coding challenge!" Teo Yuang Teck, owner of Realfun Learning Centre. 

May 2019

"Forward to the Moon Mission Patch Design Challenge"

7 out of our 9 RealFun student designs were selected as featured design (total 134 featured patches for the competition).

September 2019

"Tell Your Lunar Gatewat Story"

44 of our students from Realfun Learning Centre submitted their stories

About Them


Teng Wei Rui

Awarded Project: "Forward to the Moon Mission Patch Design Challenge"

Teng Wei Rui (14 years old) had participated in the NASA's "Forward to the Moon Mission Patch Design Challenge" at May 2019, was selected as one of the five winning designs among worldwide 10,000 entries from students. Besides, Sarah, the Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer of US Embassy sent NASA Challenge patch to Wei Rui during "US Embassy's Beyond the Moon" program at Pustaka Miri. Wei Rui stated that as influenced by his elder brother in robotics, since then started his coding journey with robotics program and coding. He took about two days to design the patch, did research on internet. He made this patch through his imagination and association of his knowledge about space.

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"Forward to the Moon Mission Patch Design Challenge"
-Teng Wei Rui

Alvin Voon Sen Yu

Awarded Project: "Tell Your Lunar Gateway Story"

Alvin Voon Sen Yu (12 years old) participated in NASA’s “Tell Your Lunar Gateway Story” at September 2019. Over 700 entries, he was the one of only four stories chosen by NASA experts to win. . He believes coding enable him to develop his imagination and creativity. He also discovered that coding needs to consider lots of logic thinking and the cause-effect correlation. He wish he can become scientist, inventor or computer program developer in the future!

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"Tell Your Lunar Gateway Story"
-Alvin Voon Sen Yu

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