Ignite your creative thinking with NASA OPSPARC's new missions! Be the Spark!

Discover & Create Your Own Spinoff
learn-iconLearnThere are more than 2,000 NASA Spinoffs
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Effective immediately, OPSPARC is postponed for the remainder of the 2020 challenge year. This was not an easy decision for the team – we had wanted to provide students, teachers, and parents with another amazing OPSPARC experience this year. Unfortunately, it is not possible to continue with the challenge in its current form.

However, this is not the end for OPSPARC. The team is working diligently to align the challenge with NASA’s new exploration direction in order to bring participants an even better experience. OPSPARC’s restructuring and realignment will reflect the agency’s new focus on exploration, as described in NASA’s Strategic Plan. 

Current participants in OPSPARC 2020’s Mission Universe and Mission Solar System are being notified of these developments. We look forward to being the spark of innovation with you for future challenges. You can find updates for future challenges here on this website. Stay tuned.

Mission Universe

Technologies for the stars and beyond
Registration & Submission Open:
October 9 – December 8, 2019
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Mission Solar System

Technologies for Earth’s neighbors
Registration & Submission Open:
October 9 – December 8, 2019
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Mission Sun

Technologies for our closest star
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Mission Earth

Technologies for our home planet
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Create an Out of this World Spinoff & Web Page


We’re over the moon to see students using Adobe Spark to put their imaginations and creativity skills to work on this NASA challenge. Nurturing creative problem-solving and visual communication in the next generation is core to Adobe’s mission—something we’re proud to share with NASA—as these are the skills that will matter in the workforce of tomorrow.

Aubrey Cattell
VP of Adobe Spark and Creative Cloud Education at Adobe

Mad Science is proud to collaborate with NASA Goddard on OPSPARC. We believe that early science engagement is essential and we love to see what the students create to showcase NASA’s spinoff technology."

Shafik Mina
President & COO, Mad Science