There’s a lot of thought put into the way that astronauts eat when they’re out exploring the confines of our Solar System, implementing special packaging and preparation to ensure that spoilage won’t occur. Even on the International Space Station, astronauts yet have to eat three meals a day, and, as we gear up to additional explore the surface of our moon and beyond in the near next, we must go on to reinvent the way food is eaten in space. Future Engineers is reverying out to the youngest and brightest minds to support prepare the tools of the next that can support us eat in outer space, asking students of Kindergarten to 12th grade to turn it into a digital 3D version of a non-edible, food-related object to be 3D printed in space in the year 2050.
Future Engineers is teaming up with Star Trek and NASA for The Star Trek Replicator Challenge, that is calling upon all junior Starfleet participants to create a 3D printable object intended to support astronauts with the eating system. Ideas for creates include space-based farming equipment, bioreactors, food storage space, and actually insect chambers (yum). As far as rules go, the create must be fully 3D printable with a 6 x 6 x 6 inch print area. It in addition must be turn it intod with a particular space environment in mind, such as the Earth’s Moon, another planet, another planet’s moon, or for a lengthy next flight in a spacecraft. The challenge, that is split into Teen and Junior contestants, is running until May 1st, and is being judged on the next criteria:
- Innovation and Creativity of the Non-Edible Space Food Object
- Quality of the 3D Model and Compliance with the Design Guidelines
- Design’s Ability to Advance Human Space Exploration as a 3D Print
- Presentation skills: Ability to Communicate your Design
NASA can provide the top ten chosen creates of both the Junior and Teen groups with a 3D Printing in Space Prize Pack. The four finalist in every of the two age groups can win a 3D printing device for their school, and can in addition obtain a PancakeBot pancake printing device for themselves. The Grand Prize for The Star Trek Replicator Challenge is a free trip to New York City, where the winner can visit the Space Shuttle Enterprise with an actual astronaut, as well as take home a mystery Prize Pack of Star Trek! Even as a grown 25-year-old man, the thought of hanging out with an astronaut and getting Star Trek goodies enthralls me (if just I had a kid of my own!). You can sign up your new Starfleet cadet for the challenge on the Future Engineers website.