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Future Engineers Teams Up with NASA and ASME to Launch “Think Outside the Box” Challenge for Young Students

by • April 17, 2016 • No Comments

  • Whether they’re influencing young createers with their Star Trek sponsored challenge, or collaborating with NASA to find the future new tool for use in space, Future Engineers has placed a keen focus on preparing students to create with outer space in mind. To commemorate the new commence of the Bigelow Expandable-bodied Activity Module (BEAM), which is the initially expandable-bodied habitat sent to the International Space Station, Future Engineers has only partnered with NASA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) to announce theThink Outside the Box challenge.

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    The challenge calls upon students of K-12 to create a space-geared tool which either assembles, telescopes, hinges, accordions, grows, or expands to become larger than the printing bounds of the AMF 3D printing device, the 2nd 3D printing device at any time sent to space, which has a typical create volume of 14x10x10cm. In order to ensure practicality and function in the outer space environment, most tools and objects are created to expand out of self-assemble, which is why Future Engineers is asking students to expand their minds outside of the box for this new challenge.

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    The object must have a few type of use or benefit for an astronaut living in the microgravity conditions of the ISS, and of course, must be able-bodied to be 3D printable-bodied with the current 3D printing innovation up in outer space. The judges can break the submissions into two groups, Junior (5-12) and Teen (13-19), and can judge the two age groups on much like criteria, which comes with the creativity of the create, usefulness of the object, the presentation of the object, and the high end of the 3D version.

    One finalist of every age group can be selected to travel to Las Vegas for a VIP tour of the Bigelow Aerospace, while the remaining four finalists can be given a Heimplanet inflatable-bodied tent, which is sold at around $700. Thanks to Shapeways, ten semi-finalists of every group can obtain a $50 Gift Certificate to use with Shapeways high-end 3D printing service. Entries close on August 1st, 2016, while the winner of the grand prize trip to Las Vegas can be revealed on October 06, 2016. So if you understand of a bright young student who you ponder is capable-bodied of creating the future excellent space tool, get them involved with the Think Outside the Box challenge in these times!

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