Soaring to The Rescue

Soaring to the Rescue: A Deep Dive into the 2024 Dream with Us Design Challenge

by: Patrick Keller 03/06/2024

The Brief:

Imagine a world where natural disasters, while still a threat, are met with a coordinated response from cutting-edge technology. This is the vision behind the 2024 Dream with Us Design Challenge, an initiative by NASA's Aeronautics division, specifically targeting students in grades 6-12.

This year's challenge throws down the gauntlet: harness the potential of drones and air taxis to revolutionize how we respond to natural disasters. From preventative measures to mitigation and post-disaster recovery, the challenge asks students to dream big and design innovative solutions using these new aviation technologies.

Why Drones and Air Taxis?

Traditional aircraft often face limitations in disaster scenarios. Drones, with their agility, maneuverability, and ability to access remote areas, offer exciting possibilities. Air taxis, with their potential for vertical takeoff and landing, could provide crucial support in disaster zones.

The Challenge Breakdown:

Focus Areas:

Reducing natural disaster risks: This could involve using drones for early detection of wildfires, monitoring floodplains, or even planting seeds for reforestation efforts.

Mitigating the situation during a natural disaster: Imagine drones delivering critical supplies to isolated communities, providing real-time aerial imagery to emergency responders, or assisting with search and rescue operations.

Helping rebuild after a natural disaster: Drones could be used for damage assessment, mapping affected areas, or even facilitating communication infrastructure repair.


Open to students in grades 6-12, who can participate individually or in teams of 2-4.

Submission Process: Entries are accepted online from March 1st to April 30th, 2024. Submissions should include a clear description of the design, its functionalities, and how it addresses the chosen focus area.

The Prize: 

The winning team will have the opportunity to present their design to a panel of NASA experts and potentially see their ideas contribute to real-world solutions.

Beyond the Competition:

The Dream with Us Design Challenge is more than just a competition; it's an opportunity for students to engage with real-world issues and contribute to the future of disaster response. By encouraging creative thinking and problem-solving, the challenge fosters a generation of future engineers, scientists, and innovators equipped to tackle the challenges of tomorrow.

Taking Flight:

This challenge is an unmissable opportunity for students passionate about science, and technology, and making a positive impact. So, assemble your team, unleash your creativity, and take flight with your innovative drone-based solutions! Remember, the future of disaster response might just be in your hands.

For further information and to register, visit the official Dream with Us Design Challenge website: