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NASA Teams With LEGO To Offer Model Competition 34

coondoggie writes "NASA today said it would team up with Lego to offer a competition to see who can build the coolest models of future airplanes and spacecraft. The 'NASA's Missions: Imagine and Build' competition is open now with an entry deadline of July 31. Winners in each category will be selected by a panel of NASA and LEGO officials and announced Sept. 1."
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NASA Teams With LEGO To Offer Model Competition

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  • by rwa2 ( 4391 ) * on Wednesday June 05, 2013 @08:37PM (#43920161) Homepage Journal

    Oh, I wish I had pics of the Winnebago I built when I was a kid... It was complete with a toilet, a ladder that extended down from a hatch in the bottom, and of course the ludicrouspeed drives that flipped out from a compartment in the back.

    • I mean, why NASA has to go the LEGO route when free and opensource 3D raytracing programs are available to all ?

      Furthermore, constructing space crafts using LEGO means people are unnecessarily being restricted by availability of the shape/size/color of the LEGO blocks

      On 3D programs people get to create whatever shape/size and use whatever color they want, on their creations

      • I mean, why NASA has to go the LEGO route when free and opensource 3D raytracing programs are available to all ?

        My impression from reading the article is that LEGO is very involved in organizing and funding this contest, and they have no interest in promoting something that is not their product.

      • Or maybe for the same reason that Minecraft is the 3D design tool of choice for millions over real 3D software: accessibility. Lego is the "easiest" way to prototype something.
        Lego learning curve is virtually non existent. It takes ages to build something meaningful, the amount of detail is very limited, but literally anyone with hands can do it.
        There is also brand name. People love popular brands. Do you think this /. article would even exist if NASA decided to partner with Blender or AutoDesk?
      • by Xest ( 935314 )

        Because with Lego there's still some semblance of engineering involved. With 3D ray tracing it just becomes an art contest instead.

    • Really? All I could think of was the prettiest nerd girl I could create with legos... oh well...
    • perhaps that's exactly what NASA is looking for...a future spacecraft that looks like an old Winnebago. oh imagine the aerodynamics of that puppy!

  • I fail to see how this may foster NASA's progress to its (supposed) goals. Any ideas?
    • by Xest ( 935314 )

      Because young kids building space ships keeps them interested in space such that they may become future scientists or engineers in the field.

  • and then build in legos. Just like Legoland.
  • nice information
  • In the 60's (with SLIDE RULES) NASA built the Apollo program and put men on the moon. Today we can't lift our own astronauts into space and NASA's 'move ahead' plan is to play with Legos. Pathetic

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    Lego has their own free 3D-ish design program. I have played with it a bit - it can be finicky, but it's pretty cool.
  • Yeah! And Homer beat their brains out!
  • Maybe this will inspire Lego to bring back a line like the old Classic Space series. The space sets they make are fine, but I wish they'd bring back a "pure" space series: no aliens to fight, no giant space bugs, no space police and villains -- just exploration, discovery, and settling. For a nice example of how to update the line, check this out. []

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