If you are a K-12 Student in the United States, you have been given a mission from NASA. You mission, should you choose to accept it -- design and model a 3D space container.
An education program for tomorrow's innovators, Future Engineers develops design challenges for young problem solvers. On September 21st, NASA launched the first-ever Zero-G 3D Printer to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX-4. To celebrate the launch of this 'In Space Manufacturing' revolution, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Foundation and NASA partnered together to develop a series of 3D Space Challenges focused on solving real world space exploration problems. Containers are needed for everything from food to plants to chemicals in space and the ability to create them with 3D printers in real time could aid in longer missions further into space. So, NASA is tapping into the local talent pool. Students can submit 3D models directly to the site for a chance to win prizes! What does a NASA prize even look like??
"Space is a big place, but your imagination is even bigger. Good luck!" -NASA
So, students of America, do you accept this challenge?