Slinn ’18 Chosen as National Semifinalist in NASA Competition

Slinn ’18 Chosen as National Semifinalist in NASA Competition

March 1, 2018 – Future Engineers announced twenty semifinalists in the “Two for the Crew” Challenge, the sixth in a series of design competitions tasking students to invent useful items for astronauts living in space. Since reducing mass and volume are of the utmost importance in space exploration, participants were invited to engineer a multi-functional object that combined two items into one, with the intention of being 3D printed by astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS). The challenge, which began on September 21, 2017, has selected ten semifinalists in each age group. Melina Slinn ’18 has been selected as a Teen Semifinalist (Ages 13-19) for her invention of a Tweezer Syringe.

Each semifinalist above has won a 3D printing in space prize pack and will progress to the next stage of the competition. All 565 entries can be viewed here.

The “Two for the Crew” Challenge was issued by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Foundation with technical assistance from NASA to engage students with the future of In-Space Manufacturing research while cultivating important STEM workforce skills. Future Engineers developed and hosted the challenge via its online education platform for K-12 students.

“I am so proud of the semifinalists and incredibly impressed by all the designs submitted,” said Deanne Bell, CEO and founder of Future Engineers. “These students re-invented standard objects and tools in ways I’ve never imagined before. Not only did they combine functionality together to save volume and mass, they also optimized for 3D printing in space while showcasing how creative engineering can be. I can’t wait to see how these budding K-12 innovators re-imagine our world next.”