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Student art contest timeline

March 15
Contest opens
April 8
Contest closes
April 16
Public voting begins
May 6
Public voting ends
May 20
Contest winner announced!

Send your name & message to Mars activity timeline

May 1
Activity opens
July 1
Message activity closes
July 15
Public voting begins on messages
July 29
Public voting ends on messages
August 8
Message contest winner announced!
September 10
Name activity closes

November 18
MAVEN launch period opens

Student art contest

Young people from all over the world submitted 377 unique entries into the Going to Mars student art contest! The contest ran from May 15 to April 8 and was followed by online public voting to determine the First and Second Place winners. The total number of votes on all entries was nearly 82,000!

As a special recognition of the inspiring artwork we received, we are pleased to announce that all 377 entries will be included as digital files on the DVD that will fly to Mars onboard the MAVEN spacecraft!

We only use first names of students to protect the privacy of our participants.

Below are the official winners of the contest!

First Place

first place

Number of votes: 9,496
Average vote: 3.85
Artist: Team entry
Grade level: Kindergarten Enrichment class
From: Colorado, USA
More about this entry

Second Place

second place

Number of votes: 8,651
Average vote: 3.63
Artist: Mohanapoorani
Grade level: 2
From: Tamil Nadu, India

Honorable Mention

honorable mention

Artist: Carly
Grade level: 7
From: Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

MAVEN Education & Outreach Team Choice

MAVEN education & outreach team choice

Artist: Yuyang
Grade level: 9
From: Washington, USA

MAVEN Principal Investigator’s Choice

MAVEN Principal Investigator's Choice

Artist: Nithyashree
Grade level: 9
From: Tamil Nadu, India

MAVEN Project Manager’s Choice

MAVEN Project Manager's Choice

Artist: Maria
Grade level: Second year of secondary school (~8th grade USA)
From: Province of Buenos Aires, Argentina

School-based awards

The MAVEN student art contest offers special recognition to the highest-ranked submissions from our participating educators.

View school-based awards


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