Science@NASA: 181 Things To Do On The Moon
There are quite a few interesting things on there, i.e., it’s a good enough list that I couldn’t find anything to make fun of during a five-minute search (and yeah, I tried, I’m that kind of guy). I wonder who you could talk to that is on the committee that narrows the list. I’ve always got my eye on things that could possibly benefit the ol’ student group (especially considering I got my job because of them):
mEOR2.2: Allocate space on government missions for university-built payloads, to engage students directly with exploration activities.
Is this something SEDS could do as a contest, even before selection begins? Say, ask a few basic questions to a responsible NASA official — mass, power, volume — and then run a contest to see who could develop the best payload. Impose CubeSat-like rules: 1kg, 10cm x 10cm x 10cm. Run two divisions: high school and university. Get your board of advisers to do the judging. The top, say, three concepts get a little bit of cash to build.
etc., etc., etc.
The real challenge: keep the astronaut running the experiment from mashing it.