Two young Cupertino residents have been recognized for truly out-of-this world science projects.
Lauren Lee, 12, has been selected as a junior division winner of the “Mars Medical Challenge” sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation with technical support from NASA. Ansel Austin, 14, was selected as one of four finalists in the challenge’s teen division.
The challenge tasked youngsters nationwide with creating a digital model of a medical or dental device that is entirely 3-D printable and can be used by astronauts on a three-year round trip to Mars.
Lauren, a seventh-grader at Kennedy Middle School, created a drug delivery device, with inspiration from a family member.
Ansel, a freshman at Valley Christian, created the wearable “Flex Brace,” to protect astronauts’ bones.