Engineering for Astronauts
2050 may seem far away, but our seventh grade technology class has spent a lot of time lately thinking about the future. In fact, they recently submitted their ideas to NASA’s Star Trek™ Replicator Challenge. Students used CAD (Computer Aided Design) software to create a model image of a non-edible, food related item for astronauts to 3d print in the year 2050. The challenge provided multiple opportunities for creative thinking and problem solving as students decided what the needs might be for future space travelers, from growing plants to preparing and eating meals.