The NASA Swarmathon trophies were digitally sculpted by Weston Brownlee and CAD modeled by Lance Dettmer at 3D Proven Systems.
They were 3D Printed using full color bonded gypsum, and photo-cured polymer resin.

The design and creation of the 3D printed trophies embody a core value that is reflected in the cooperative function of the Swarmies. It’s reflected in what it took for all of the teams to create algorithms and implement them in robots. It’s reflected in the efforts of Drs. Melanie Moses and Joshua Hecker in their work with NASA to create the Swarmathon. Ultimately, it will be reflected in the ingenuity that will carry our astronauts to other worlds: Collaboration.

Weston Brownlee, Creative Director 3D Proven Systems, View website

$5,000 First Place Physical Competition - Fayetteville State University

$3,000 Second Place Physical Competition - Central New Mexico Community College

$1,000 Third Place Physical Competition - Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute

$200 - Best Outreach, Physical Competition - Pasadena City Community College

$200 - Best Technical Paper, Physical Competition - California State University -  Los Angeles

$3,000 First Place Virtual Competition - Cabrillo College

$1,000 Second Place VirtualCompetition - Durham Technical Community College

$500 Third Place Virtual Competition - Texas A&M International University

$200 - Best Outreach, Virtual Competition - Texas A&M International University

$200 - Best Technical Paper, Virtual Competition - Cabrillo College

2016 NASA Swarmathon Team Videos

The UNM team behind the Swarmathon


The NASA Swarmathon is a challenge to develop cooperative robotics to revolutionize space exploration.  The Second Annual Swarmathon, will occur in late April at NASA Kennedy Space Center. Students from Minority Serving Universities and Community Colleges are encouraged to apply and compete.  Students will be challenged to develop search algorithms for robotic swarms.  Swarmathon participation will:  (1) improve student’s skills in robotics and computer science and (2) further advance technology for future NASA space exploration missions.

Selected teams will receive 3 Swarmie robots (valued at $5,000), training and instruction, a $1,000 stipend for the faculty member, and a chance to compete against other teams from across the United States for a $5,000 cash prize.

3 Simple Steps to Enter this NASA Challenge:


Learn about the science behind the Swarmies, their connections to ants, and why NASA has an interest in making them faster, smarter and more flexible.

Prepare: Get everything you need to know about preparing a team to compete in the Swarmathon. Get the low down on competition options, rules, format, timeline and more.

Apply: Submit an online application to compete in the Swarmathon at the Kennedy Space Center in April 2016. Or, apply to the virtual competition.

Get the ROS/Gazeebo Swarmathon tutorial!