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Future Engineers Star Trek Replicator Challenge

NASA, ASME and Star Trek Challenges students to pioneer the future of food in space

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Type of Challenge: Creative (design & multimedia)
Partner Agencies | Non-federal: ASME Foundation, Star Trek
Submission Start: 04/16/2016 12:00 AM ET
Submission End: 05/01/2016 11:59 PM ET

This challenge is externally hosted.

You can view the challenge details here:


Calling all Starfleet cadets!

Star Trek, ASME and NASA want you to pioneer the future of food in space. Your challenge is to create a digital model of a food-related item for astronauts to 3-D print in the year 2050. We want designs that boldy go where no human has 3-D printed before and designs that help astronauts eat nutritious meals so they can live long and prosper.

You must specify one of the following locations for your 3-D print: our moon, another planet, another planet’s moon, or a spacecraft beyond low earth orbit (explain where it is going and why). You must also specify the intended printing material (feedstock) for your 3-D print. This could be plastic, metal, recycled materials, locally sourced material, or any non-edible, 3-D printing feedstock you think would advance human space exploration.

Eating a meal in space goes beyond the actual food itself - from growing food to devouring it. There are many things to consider, so check out our rules, design guidelines, and education resources prior to starting your design. Student winners will receive a range of prizes, including a trip to New York for a tour of the Space Shuttle Enterprise at the Intrepid Museum with an astronaut, a 3-D printer for the winners’ schools or a Star Trek prize pack. We hope you’re hungry for space innovation… Good Luck!


Grand Prize Winners
Cash Prize Amount: $0
A Grand Prize Winner from each age group (juniors ages 5-12 and teens ages 13-19) will receive a trip to NYC for a tour of the Space Shuttle Enterprise with an astronaut and a Starfleet Academy experience at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum. A mystery Star TrekTM prize pack.

Four (4) Finalists from each age group (juniors ages 5-12 and teens ages 13-19) will receive a 3-D printer donated to Winners school and a PancakeBot

Ten (10) SemiFinalists from each age group (juniors ages 5-12 and teens ages 13-19) will receive a 3-D printing in Space prize pack.


NASA Future Engineers StarTrek Replicator Challenge Contest Rules NASA Future Enginners StarTrek Replicator Challenge Design Guidelines  

Judging Criteria

Innovation and Creativity
Percentage: 30
Innovation and Creativity of the Non-Edible Space Food Object

Advancement of Human Space Exploration
Percentage: 30
Design’s ability to advance human space exploration as a 3-D print

Quality of Design
Percentage: 20
Quality of the 3D model and compliance with the Design Guidelines

Presentation Skills
Percentage: 20
Presentation Skills: Ability to communicate the design