A new competition will push kids to turn science fiction into reality.
NASA, the American Society for Mechanical Engineers Foundation and Star Trek are encouraging kids K-12 to participate in a new 3D printing competition in the latest Future Engineers challenge.
The mission: create food-related hardware. Think plastic tools and containers that will help astronauts eat nutritious meals in the year 2050 beyond the International Space Station.
NASA states in a press release the designs can include items needed to grow and harvest plants or devices to help astronauts prepare, eat or even dispose of food.
Winners can snag a variety of prizes from a trip to New York for a tour of the Space Shuttle Enterprise to a 3D printer for their school. There's also a collection of Star Trek goodies up for grabs.
Entries close on May 1 with winners announced in July.