Brainstorm

Brainstorm

What will you make for astronauts in space? There are many different ideas to think about to get your design process started. Below we have gathered some topics to provide inspiration. Brainstorming is all about creativity, so dream big! And don’t forget that understanding what happens to your body in space is the best place to start.

For the classroom

POSSIBLE APPROACH
FOR THE CLASSROOM

Group Size

Split into stations for each category

Approach

Students write or draw their ideas at each category station

Material

Pen and paper

ROUTINE TESTS

HEALTH & WELLNESS

Medicine isn’t always about being sick. Just like we have regular checkups and physicals here on Earth, astronauts will need to do the same

DIAGNOSTIC

IDENTIFY AN INJURY OR ILLNESS

Feeling sick? What supplies do you need to diagnose injury, illness, or disease in space?

NON-EMERGENCY

TREATMENT & THERAPY

What medical supplies does an astronaut need to get treatment and feel better when they are ill?

EMERGENCY & FIRST AID

URGENT NEEDS

Sometimes we have to act fast for our health. What ER supplies could you print to treat a fellow astronaut – or yourself – during an emergency?

SURGICAL

SURGICAL INSTRUMENTS, GUIDES, & SUPPLIES

3 years is a long time. What if you need surgery? What instruments could you 3D print to help with the procedure?

BONE SUPPORT

CASTS, SPLINTS, PROSTHETICS

Bones may break, but that doesn’t put us down and out. How do you make sure bones are supported properly when they heal?

DENTAL

CROWNS, ALGINERS, TOOLS

What do astronauts need for routine dental hygiene or emergency dental care?

YOU PICK!

YOUR CHOICE

Mars is different, but astronauts are still human with similar medical needs as we have on Earth. Think about your own doctors visits, or your parents, or grandparents. How could 3D printing help bring that medical care to Mars?