A student from Ocean Township has recently become one of 10 semifinalists in a national space engineering competition.
Myles Fort, of Ocean Township, was recognized in the junior level division in the five to 12 year old group in American Society of Mechanical Engineers ASME Foundation and NASA’s Two for the Crew Challenge.
He will now progress to the next round of competition.
According to a release from Future Engineers, an online education platform, there are 20 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 has selected 10 semifinalists in each age group, including Myles Fort, who is one of three from the Garden State.
Each semifinalist won a 3D printing in space prize pack and will progress to the next stage of the competition.
“I am so proud of the semifinalists and incredibly impressed by all the designs submitted,” said Deanne Bell, CEO and founder of Future Engineers.
The next stages of the competition culminate with four finalists in each age group announced on February 19 and winners announced on March 14.
The winner of the teen division will have his/her design 3D printed on the space station by Made In Space, Inc. and both winners will receive a trip to Washington D.C. for a VIP experience to learn about space exploration.