The ASME Foundation and NASA present

THE Mars Medical CHALLENGE

Challenge is closed. Winners will be announced March 28.

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 education platform that hosts and develops design challenges for young innovators. We are delighted to host the 3D Printing in Space Challenges powered by the ASME Foundation. On September 21st, 2014, NASA launched the first-ever Zero-G 3D Printer (built by Made In Space) to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX-4. To celebrate the launch of this 'In Space Manufacturing' revolution, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Foundation and NASA partnered together to develop a series of 3D Space Challenges focused on solving real-world space exploration problems. Students can submit 3D models directly to the site for a chance to win out-of-this-world prizes!

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