Science Squad OPSPARC 2019

Problem Statement:

Develop a way to re purpose unused plastic materials into useful products that will not continue to hurt the environment further.

Mission Patch: Our mission patch resembles all of our unique abilities and traits that add to the success of our team. The stars represent Tula's great ability to think of so many bright ideas for our OPSPARC project. The plant on the earth represents Karina's ability to recognize the most important problems occurring on our planet and how we can to grow our knowledge to one day change how we live. The rocket ship represents Izzy who identifies our many steps that we have to take to achieve our goal in making our NASA Spinoff Technology. This helps us keep up a good pace and insures efficiency. The sun represents Miriams bright personality because she keeps the team positive and motivated when working on our Spinoff. The brain represents all of our hard work and thinking througout the process of reaching our goal.

OPSPARC Technology Descriptions

Tennis Racket: The Nasa Spinoff gives a tennis racket and other sports equipment more vibration control. It improves the performance of equipment such as skis, snowboards, baseball bats and hockey sticks. The technology began with Nasa’s invention of a thin electrode-filled self-powering patch.

Hair Styling Tools: The Nasa Spinoff gives hair styling tools metallic ceramic nanoparticles which helps to release negative ions making hair easier to style. Nasa’s development of Nano silver particles helped the company create tools with self-disinfecting surfaces. The company also uses LED devices to simulate scalp healing and growth in dormant hair follicles.

Refrigeration Showcase: The Nasa Spinoff of a refrigeration showcase keeps food colder longer and helps display the products to customers. Nasa helped advance the showcase through operating a spacecraft in extreme temperatures.

Skin Cream: The Nasa spinoff of skin cream has a Nasa-patented bioreactor which increases moisture by 76% and decreases the amount of darkness and wrinkles by 50%.

Wireless Headset: The Nasa Spinoff of a wireless headset creates greater efficiency and flexibility. This technology improved by the technology that carried Neil Armstrong’s words from the moon to mission control.

Digital Camera: The Nasa Spinoff of the digital camera has a complementary metal oxide semiconductor, invented by Nasa. CMOS sensors allow for smaller, more energy-efficient cameras.

LED bulb: The NASA spinoff of LED light bulbs is used for both indoor agriculture and to help regulate users’ sleep cycles. Nasa used this technology for providing astronauts with light on the space station.

Audio Equipment: The NASA spinoff uses vibration to improve the sound of acoustic guitars. This technology is improved from NASA Aerospace technology. With the technology instruments are stronger and produce a rich, full sound.

Blue Light Cancellation: The NASA spinoff uses a NASA-designed filter that blocks more than 95% of blue light allowing skiers to see the terrain better.

Criteria + Constraints

The criteria for this solution is it the model has to be able to withstand being taken on and off the 3-d printer, so it doesn't break easily. One constraint is we didn't actually build the actual attachment, we just built a model. So we don't actual know if the real design would work as well.

The Plastic Filament Funnel (PFF)

Our NASA Spinoff Technology takes plastic bags and turns them into filament to make recyclable objects. We took the 3-d printer test station and made the attachment to go into the 3-D printer.

Created By
Miriam Nichols


Created with an image by Dustan Woodhouse - "The modern beach"

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