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NASA Partners with the LEGO Group for Design and Build Contest


NASA and the LEGO Group are partnering to inspire the next generation of aerospace engineers by offering a new design competition that spurs students of all ages to use the popular toy bricks in building models of future airplanes and spacecraft.

The competition is called “NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build” and opens today with a deadline for entries of July 31, 2013. Winners in each category will be selected by a panel of NASA and LEGO® officials and announced September 1, 2013.

The first category in the contest is called “Inventing our Future of Flight.” In this challenge participants will design and build their idea for an aircraft of the future that is based on real concepts and new technology NASA’s aeronautical innovators are working on right now to increase fuel efficiency and reduce harmful emissions and noise.

In addition to building a model from LEGO bricks or using the LEGO Digital Designer computer program, participants in this category also must prepare and write a technical paper that describes their submission and explains how their design takes advantage of the ideas NASA is working on and perhaps improves on them.

This category divides entrants into two groups: A young builders group for students ages 13 to 18 and an open group for anyone, teenagers and adults alike, ages 13 and above. The two winners will receive a custom made LEGO trophy and a collection of NASA materials.

The second category in the contest is called “Imagine our Future Beyond Earth.” In this challenge participants will use their imaginations to design and build a futuristic vehicle from LEGO bricks that might travel through the air or in space. It could be an airplane, rotorcraft, rocket, spacecraft, satellite, rover or something else.

The design can be based in reality or be purely a flight of fancy. This competition is open to entrants 16 or older, and awards a signed set and a collection of NASA materials as a grand prize as well as a runner up prize.

To read the complete rules and guidelines for submitting the LEGO model and technical paper visit:

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