The ASME Foundation and NASA present

THE Mars Medical CHALLENGE

THIS CHALLENGE IS CLOSED. WINNERS ARE BELOW!

YOUR CHALLENGE IS TO DESIGN A MEDICAL 3D PRINT FOR THE JOURNEY TO MARS

If you are a K-12 student in the United States, your challenge is to create a digital 3D model of an object that could be used by an astronaut to maintain physical health on a 3-year mission to Mars. Your design must be intended to be 3D printed and could be used for a range of medical needs including diagnostic, preventative, first-aid, emergency, surgical, and/or dental purposes. While exercise, psychological, and nutritional health are important, they are not priority areas for this challenge. Retired astronaut Scott Kelly's historic one-year mission on ISS provided insights on how the human body reacts to long duration spaceflight, but the Journey to Mars will take approximately 30 months. What health-related items do you think an astronaut will need on that journey, and why would these items require a 3D printer? It's time to start flexing your problem-solving and design skills to find a solution, good luck!

Challenge Launch Video

3D MODELING CONCEPTS

Judging criteria, dates & prizes:

We play by the rules! Make sure to review the contest rules and design guidelines prior to making your Space Food Object.

Program dates

Program Launch

26

October

Entries Close

26

January

Ten Semifinalists Announced

28

February

Four Finalists Announced

07

March

Finalist Interview

17

March

Winners Announced

28

March

JUDGING CRITERIA

JUNIOR CRITERIA

30

Points

Design Concept: Theoretical ability to address Space Medicine Needs on a Journey to Mars (Quality of the design idea)

30

Points

Design Usability: Practical ability to address Space Medicine Needs on a Journey to Mars (Execution of the design idea)

20

Points

Communication: Ability to explain your concept, supporting research, and/or design process

20

Points

3D Model: Quality of the digital model and compliance with the DESIGN GUIDELINES

TEEN CRITERIA

30

Points

Design Concept: Theoretical ability to address Space Medicine Needs on a Journey to Mars (Quality of the design idea)

30

Points

Design Usability: Practical ability to address Space Medicine Needs on a Journey to Mars (Execution of the design idea)

20

Points

Communication: Ability to explain your concept, supporting research, and/or design process

20

Points

3D Model: Quality of the digital model and compliance with the DESIGN GUIDELINES

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Future Engineers is an online education platform that hosts national innovation challenges for K-12 students. Future Engineers' inaugural 3D space challenge series, sponsored by the ASME Foundation with technical assistance from NASA, was created as a joint commitment to the White House Maker Initiative. The series has produced historic achievements including the first student-designed 3D print in space. Future Engineers received a 2016 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the U.S. Department of Education and was named a Breakthrough Award winner by Popular Mechanics in 2015. All challenges are offered free for student/classroom participation and are aligned with STEAM and Maker education.

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