Star Trek and NASA announce replicator challenge for kids

The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and NASA have teamed up to announce the Star Trek Replicator Challenge for K-12 students in the United States.

The challenge asks kids to create 3D models that can help astronauts eat nutritious meals so they can ‘live long and prosper’ in space. Students are challenged to create a digital 3D model of a non-edible, food-related item that astronauts can 3D print in the year 2050.

Submissions are accepted now through May 1. Prizes will be awarded in junior (ages 5-12) and teen (ages 13-19) categories. The grand prize in each category is a trip to New York to see the Space Shuttle Enterprise with an astronaut, along with a Star Trek prize pack. Additional finalist prizes include 3D printers for schools.

This is the third challenge issued so far by the NASA/ASME “Future Engineers” collaboration. Previous challenges included 3D printing design for space tools and for space containers.

Full contest rules and details at


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