Train-Like-a-Martian-1200x600-2Our 2nd Annual #TrainLikeAMartian Event

May 22-27, 2017

Jade Robot Mimetics STEM Education

Grand Prize: Jade Robot by Mimetics

Here is a list of all the daily challenges and also all winners too! 

Sign up now and join us for our second annual #TrainLikeAMartian event! We expect the event will be a blast!

#TrainLikeAMartian is an entire week of activities to bring awareness to the importance of STEM education, space exploration and physical fitness to students and adults around the world! This is a chance to have fun, spread an important message and also have a chance to win some cool prizes!

We are excited to share that we have several grand prizes to give away at the end of

the challenge that include: a Jade Robot by Mimetics valued at approximately $200 (USD), a Galileoscope Kit donated by @STEMJeff and @STEMFalcon, and an Osmo Coding Jam sponsored by STEM Genius Hour valued at approximately $60 (USD).

Our daily prizes include TMG keychains, TMGmagnets, TMG patches, TMG pins, TMG logo t-shirts, TMG logo sweatshirts

and more!

We are also raising funds to support the programs that The Mars Generation operates including sending students with financial need to Space Camp. Fundraising is not required to participate. We have special rewards for donors and fundraisers. Click here to see rewards.

Sign Up Now to qualify for prizes and also receive email updates for the Train Like A Martian Challenge!

Grand Prize: Galileoscope Kit – a build your own telescope kit

How To Qualify To Win Prizes:

  • Make sure you sign up here. You must be signed up to qualify to win our daily prizes.
  • May 22-26, complete the daily Train Like A Martian Challenge activity published on our social media channels and blog. Share photos/videos of yourself or others participating. You can also do any physical activity and share those photos/videos.
  • Make sure to include the #TrainLikeAMartian hashtag when sharing photos and videos.
  • If you are a member of the Ground Support Crew, you can cheer others on and also tweet to ask others to donate to be entered for a chance to win!

You can enter multiple times each day. Below are the maximum entries allowed:

Grand Prize:  OSMO Coding Jam


The Mars Generation’s annual Train Like a Martian Challenge invites people to participate individually each day of the challenge following the activities posted on The Mars Generation’s bloTrain-Like-a-Martian The Mars Generationg, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram pages. The activities are inspired by NASA’s Train Like an Astronaut program*. People are also free to complete any activity, of their choosing, for 30 minutes or longer each day of the challenge to qualify for prizes.

Groups are encouraged to participate together, especially in school settings. The event creates a worldwide community through social media by sharing their participation and progress using the hashtag #TrainLikeAMartian.


The Challenge is helping to bring awareness to the importance of health and fitness in living a balanced life. While STEM education is our focus at TMG, we also recognized the need to encourage and educate people about healthy living. The challenge helps to continue to bring awareness and discussion around sending humans to Mars, but also remind us why we must continue to explore beyond what we know for the future of humankind.

The Train Like a Martian Challenge will also be an opportunity for individuals and groups to fundraise in support of the mission of The Mars Generation, including all our outreach programs, our student space ambassador program, and space camp scholarship program. Fundraising is not a requirement of participation.


The event is a worldwide event and includes individuals, students, schools, sports teams, community organizations and anyone who wants to get involved.


Participation can take place anywhere in the world: from in a classroom on a playground, inside a living room, on a treadmill or hiking a mountain. Whatever you can do to get active and record your exercise, do it!

Get Involved:

For Schools

For our school partners, the Train Like a Martian Challenge is an opportunity to blend STEM with exercise and highlight the importance of physical fitness in everyday life. The Mars Generation will offer a curriculum of daily activities that can be completed in PE, other classes or modified to fit your school’s schedule. Other school ideas include field days, a rocket run (one-mile run), homeroom challenge and many more ideas will be shared.

To learn more about how schools can be involved click here. 


Prizes and Rewards 

Go to our Train Like A Martian Sign Up page for details on how to enter the contests and specific details on rewards and prizes. We have easy ways for everyone to be entered to win prizes and/or earn rewards. No fundraising is required to participate in this challenge. 

*NASA is not affiliated with or sponsoring the Train Like A Martian Challenge.