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Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden is working with NASA to help improve food production for long duration space travel. Together, we're calling on makers across America to submit new designs for gardening systems to be used aboard spacecraft.

Problem– Current spacecraft have minimal space for astronauts to live and work, leaving very little room for anything else. Aboard spacecraft, plant growing environments must be small, placing limits on the amount of food that can be produced. Plant environments on ISS are cube-shaped spaces with lights attached to one inner surface (the top) and the plant root zone attached to the opposite (bottom) inner surface. When plants are small, there will be empty space above them. As plants grow, leaf surfaces become closer to the light, creating empty space underneath.

Challenge– We are seeking new designs and strategies to make better use of the available growing space throughout the life of the plants. Design, build and test a system that uses 3D growing space efficiently to maximize food production. Remember there is no up or down in microgravity, but plants will grow toward the light. Design and build the system within the listed dimensional parameters for your chance to win a $500 gift card and a qualifying spot in the Fairchild final competition!

Open to high school, college, and professional teams. Designs must be submitted by February 3, 2020, and the winning designs will be announced February 14, 2020. Judges for this contest will include NASA engineers and botanists, and winning proposals will be considered for implementation on future NASA missions.

Entries much state which category they are being considered for.

A winning entry must:

  • Adhere to the volumetric constraints (a 50cm cube)
  • Contain all necessary features for plant growth (light, water, etc.)
  • Use 3-dimensional space in an inventive and effective manner

For even more information about the initiative, check out the Growing Beyond Earth Maker Contest Overview.

This website is based upon work supported by NASA under award No 80NSSC18K1225. Any opinions, findings and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
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The Growing Beyond Earth Maker Contest is closed.

WINNERS
35 PRIZES

Professional Winners (5)

Each Professional winner will receive:
  • $500 Gift Card
  • Instructables prize pack including a Robot Mug, Fairchild-designed T-shirt, NASA swag, and a qualifying spot in the Fairchild final competition.

Collegiate Winners (5)

Each Collegiate winner will receive:
  • $500 Gift Card
  • Instructables prize pack including a Robot Mug, Fairchild-designed T-shirt, NASA swag, and a qualifying spot in the Fairchild final competition.

High School Winners (5)

Each High School winner will receive:
  • $500 Gift Card
  • Instructables prize pack including a Robot Mug, Fairchild-designed T-shirt, NASA swag, and a qualifying spot in the Fairchild final competition.

Runner Up Winners (20)

Runner-ups will receive:
  • Instructables prize pack including a Robot Mug, Fairchild-designed T-shirt, and NASA swag.
HOW IT WORKS

Write an Instructable

Create a new Instructable that fits the guidelines outlined in the contest description above. To be eligible, Instructables must be published between Jun 14, 2019 and Feb 3, 2020 (11:59pm PT).

Enter

Upon publishing your Instructable you'll see checkboxes for open contests. Select Growing Beyond Earth Maker Contest. If you have entries currently eligible for entry, it will also show up by clicking "Enter this Contest" on the right side of this page.

Accepting

Entries are accepted by Instructables staff within one business day Monday - Friday. What matters is the submission time, not acceptance time.

Voting

Instructables members can vote for an entry during the contest plus 3 days after the contest closes.

Judging

A panel of judges made up of Instructables staff and respected members of the community rate the finalists. The averages of the ratings determine the winners.

Winners

When the winners are decided they will be announced here on the contest page. All entrants will be notified when this happens.