Space travel could now be within your reach. We are partnering with Future Engineers to launch the Two for the Crew Challenge, a national 3D design challenge that asks K-12 students to "create a digital 3D model of an object that serves TWO functions for the International Space Station crew." One of the many otherworldly prizes includes a winning design 3D printed on the International Space Station (ISS).
The Two for the Crew Challenge is free for student participation and the challenge site provides educational resources including a suite of brainstorming categories to educate students about ISS crew tools and to get students started with creating their designs.
Prizes include a winning design 3D printed on the ISS, as well as trips to Washington D.C. for VIP experiences to learn about space exploration. MakerBot will also donate a Replicator Mini+ 3D printer to the school, library or education organization of the top four finalists in each age category.
Submissions from K-12 students in the United States will are being accepted now through December 19, 2017 at www.futureengineers.org/twoforthecrew. Winners will be announced on March 14, 2018.
Future Engineers is an online educational program whose goal is to encourage students to build objects and tools that are useful and innovative. The Two for the Crew Challenge (#Two4Crew) is the sixth in Series of Space Innovation Challenges developed with the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation, with technical assistance by NASA. Participants in the challenge will learn about the advantages of in-space manufacturing, including customization, which means that astronauts can print what they need, when they need it, and can make very specific parts for the unique environment of the ISS.
Complete challenge details can be found at the Two for the Crew Challenge website.