SμGRE-1 is an exciting opportunity for schools, colleges and home-schooling households to take part in a real life space mission set to launch from a tiny island in the pacific ocean in April 2018.

What do you need to do? 

Design a sculpture which can be manufactured and survive a launch into space!

The sculpture must have a volume of no greater than 4 cubic centimetres  and a mass of no greater than 4 grams (the size of a sugar cube).

About the Project

Educational establishments are invited to organise their pupils to develop and submit a sculpture, either as in-class projects (any STEM lesson) or as an after-school club activity. As many suitable entries we can fit inside will be used as part of our micro-gravity and 3D-imaging experiment payload. This will be launched into sub-orbital space on board a NASA Black Brant IX rocket – a Pennsylvania State University X-ray telescope mission called WRX-R (Water Recovery X-ray Rocket). Entry is free. The only costs involved are that of building your sculpture (approximately sugar cube size), delivery and return delivery via prepaid envelope.

The rocket will return to Earth where the SμGRE-1 payload will be recovered and the sculptures returned to the schools, along with a 3D recording of their sculpture, and a certificate authenticating it has been in space.

DEADLINE FOR ENTRY IS 2ND FEBRUARY 2018 so not long! However, we understand from current submissions it’s possible to design your sculpture over 1 or 2 lessons.

Project Links

This project was developed by Dynamic Imaging Analytics Limited (DIAL) a science innovation company founded in 2015, specialising in the development and delivery of high performance imaging and sensor solutions for space instrumentation and terrestrial applications. DIAL also have a dedicated focus on encouraging public engagement in science and inspiring the next generation into engineering. DIAL is supported by the UK Space Agency, a partner in the LUVMI lunar rover European Horizons 2020 mission and a member of the Silverstone Technology Cluster.

Visit the SuGRE-1 website to learn more about the project, register and submit your project entry.

You can also access the project video resources on their YouTube Channel.

Incorporating 3D Printing

SuGRE-1 is a perfect project for students to develop their skills in 3D CAD modelling. This alongside the requirement for miniature sculptures provides an ideal opportunity for students to use 3D printing as a manufacturing method for their sculptures.

About Project Ideas

Project Ideas” are a series of ideas shared by the CREATE Education Project to provide inspiration and a starting point for students to develop their own projects that utilise 3D printing for prototyping and/or to enhance the final solution.

Many of the ideas shared would provide suitable starting points for students in Further or Higher Education who are undertaking their own personal projects, allowing them to adapt and extend the projects to develop new outcomes. Some of these projects could also be tackled in a similar way by high school students undertaking individual project work.

Alternatively suitable projects could be selected by teachers and assigned to teams of students in a project based learning approach. A series of editable templates and resources have been developed to support the project based learning approach. These include:

  • Project Planning Templates – A series of editable templates for course leaders or teachers to use when planning student projects.
  • Presentation Templates – A series of editable PowerPoint slides for course leaders or teachers to use for presenting project stages to groups of students.
  • Student Project Worksheets – A series of editable worksheets for individuals or groups of students to use for planning and documenting their projects.

These resources can be downloaded by clicking the links in the right column.

In The Classroom

The SuGRE-1 project is a great way to get students interested in STEM but the creation of a miniature sculpture allows for lots of creativity. The project YouTube channel includes videos to engage the students in the rocket science and project updates.

Although the deadline to submit entries for the actual space mission is 2nd Feb 2018, this project could be run after this date locally in school or between a cluster of schools as a competition to design the micro sculptures. Students could even take it one step further and design and 3D print their own bottle rockets to launch the sculptures in.

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