THESE STUDENT-DESIGNED CONTAINERS WILL HELP ASTRONAUTS TO ‘LIVE LONG AND PROSPER‘ ON MARS AND BEYOND
The winners of the Star Trek Replicator challenge have been decided. NASA announced in a press release today that the winner of the Teen Group (ages 13-19) is Kyle Corrette from Phoenix, Arizona and the winner of the Junior Group (ages 5-12) is Sreyash Sola of Ashburn, Virginia. Corrette and Sola were each one of four semifinalists in their respective categories. They were interviewed, and ultimately chosen to win, by a panel of judges made up of representatives from NASA, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation (ASME), and Made In Space Inc.
The Star Trek Replicator challenge was issued in February by Future Engineers, an online platform that hosts challenges for young inventors, in partnership with NASA, ASME, and Star Trek. The goal of the competition was to inspire children ages 5-19 to design a 3D model of a non-edible food-related item that could be printed by astronauts in the year 2050 to help those in space eat nutritiously. There were 405 submissions from children in 30 states. A full gallery of the submitted designs can be found here.