2021 Art Contest


NASA Langley Research Center’s 2022 Student Art Contest

Drawn to Explore!


Contest Invitation

NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia is inviting students in grades K-12 to creatively visualize NASA’s science, technology, aeronautical and human exploration activities in the 2022 NASA Langley Art Contest, using the theme “Drawn to Explore.” The contest is open to all children grades K-12 attending public, private, parochial and homeschools who are residents of the United States.

Contest Theme and Inspiration

In your art, we want to see how you take your print or digital artwork from brainstorming to completion related to NASA and its missions – whether its ways for humans to go beyond low-Earth orbit into deep space, technology to study Earth and its climate systems, aerial vehicles to take humans to new heights in the sky, or icons to emulate in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields of study.  

The following NASA Langley focus areas may provide some additional inspiration: 

    Stephen Provost with the Boeing BWD model being prepared for testing.

  • Explore Flight:
    • – Enable On-Demand Mobility through integration of vehicle and autonomous systems that are certifiable and improve airspace operations and safety
      – Improve commercial air transport markets through integration and maturation of key aviation and convergent technologies and experimental flight demonstrations.



  • Explore Earth:
  • – Quantify Earth’s atmospheric composition and radiation budget through research, technology development, flight instrument development, and measurements
    – Develop and deploy lidar remote sensing techniques to precisely capture regional and global
    measurements that aid in science community studies of winds, CO2, clouds, aerosols, and other key atmospheric processes


    Orion Water Test Drop 08/24/16 NASA Langley Research Center

  • Explore Moon to Mars:
  • – Design, develop, and demonstrate entry, descent and landing (EDL) systems to enable robotic and human space exploration missions
    – Design, develop, and demonstrate advanced space structures for long-duration deep space human space missions
    – Design, develop, and demonstrate concepts and technologies for autonomous in-space assembly of space structures


Contest Deadline

The Art Contest submission period begins December 1, 2021 and concludes on December 31, 2021 at midnight EST.

We are asking schools, organizations, and community groups to encourage parents to submit one entry per student.

A grand-prize winner will be selected from all entries and a first place, second place, third place, and honorable mention winner will be selected for each grade level.


For additional information or questions, please email larc-art-contest@mail.nasa.gov.

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