Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden, together with NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration – the federal agency that is responsible for aerospace research, aeronautics, and the civilian space program), is looking for “makers” (someone who enjoys inventing or reinventing using electronics) to create a space garden for their astronauts. Yes, a sustainable garden that would be set-up on space! NASA opened the contest with a hope to create a “3D growing space” aboard spacecrafts for long-term food production without human intervention. This would include a robotic system that would grow and harvest the plants.
The competition is open to high school and college students, as well as working professionals. A winner will be selected from every group. Designs must be submitted by February 3, 2020 for the first phase where 15 teams will be selected and awarded with a $500 to support their prototyping and design testing as they proceed to the second phase.
The winners of each category will also receive a stipend to attend the 2020 Nation of Makers annual conference and might have the chance to bring their garden to space for NASA’s future missions.
This sounds interesting, huh? So, what are you waiting for? Sign up for the competition and unleash the inner “maker” in you!