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Are You Ready to #BeTheSpark?

Are You Ready to #BeTheSpark?

Students
– want to modify a NASA
Spinoff technology and solve a real word problem?

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Our Optimus Prime Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge, known as OPSPARC for short, is a student challenge
that guides teams through various NASA Spinoff technologies that are in their
everyday world. The teams use their imagination, creativity, and engineering
skills to develop their own ideas for NASA spinoff technology.

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Spinoffs
are technologies originally created for space and modified into everyday
products used here on Earth.

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Perhaps the most widely
recognized NASA spinoff, memory foam was invented by NASA-funded researchers
looking for ways to keep test pilots cushioned during flights. Today, memory
foam makes for more comfortable beds, couches and chairs, not to mention better
shoes, movie theater seats and even football helmets.

There
are more than two-thousand NASA Spinoffs They include memory foam, invisible
braces, firefighting equipment, programmable pace makers, artificial limbs, scratch-resistant
lenses, aircraft anti-icing systems, endangered species tracking software,
cochlear implants, satellite television, long-distance telecommunications, and
many, many more.

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The
deadline has been extended to February 26th for our Mission 3 student challenge.
Sign up NOW here: https://opsparc.gsfc.nasa.gov/

Fans of the Hasbro TRANSFORMERS brand will pick up on the
play on words between the challenge name, OPSPARC, and the “AllSpark”
from the TRANSFORMERS universe. The AllSpark is what gave the TRANSFORMERS
robots life and knowledge, which they use to help mankind — just like NASA
spinoffs. Students from around the globe will have the opportunity to Be
The Spark!

OPTIMUS PRIME and TRANSFORMERS are trademarks of Hasbro and are
used with permission. © 2018 Hasbro, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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