space container

NASA astronaut Nicole Stott, Expedition 20/21 flight engineer, moves a stowage container in the Japanese H-II Transfer Vehicle (HTV) docked to the Harmony node of the International Space Station.

What’s the problem?
3-D Space Container Challenge (video 0:56)

NASA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation are challenging K-12 students to create a model of a container for space using 3-D modeling software. Astronauts need containers of all kinds — from advanced containers for studying fruit flies to simple containers for collecting Mars rocks or storing an astronaut’s food. The ability to 3-D print containers in space — on demand — will let humans venture farther into space. That’s why we are challenging students to start designing for space now.

Design entries could be for a container designed for microgravity on the International Space Station or a container designed for future astronauts on Mars! Space is a big place, but your imagination is even bigger. Multiple prizes, based on age groups, are available.
Too late to submit an actual entry, but great deisn challenge

The Design a Space Tool Challenge is the second in a series of challenges where students in grades K-12 create and submit a digital 3-D model of a container that they think astronauts might need in space. Future Engineers is a multiyear education initiative that consists of 3-D space challenges and curriculum videos that parents and educators can use to get kids designing today.

For more information about the challenge and to watch an introductory video, visit http://www.nasa.gov/feature/nasa-challenges-students-to-design-3-d-space-containers.

Engineering ideas
Do It
Challenges for you to work on…

  • design a container that can be 3-d printed. your challenge is to create a digital 3D model of a container for space. Astronauts need containers of all kinds – from advanced containers that can study fruit flies to simple containers that collect Mars rocks or store an astronaut’s food. The ability to 3D print containers in space – on demand – will let humans venture farther into space. That’s why we are challenging students to start designing for space now. It could be a container designed for zero-gravity on the International Space Station, or a container designed for future astronauts on Mars or beyond! Space is a big place, but your imagination is even bigger.

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