Horizon student selected as a finalist in the 3D Space Container Challenge

Rajan Vivek (submitted photo)

Rajan Vivek (submitted photo)

Rajan Vivek, a student at Horizon High School, was selected as one of four national finalists in the teen division of NASA and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers Foundation’s National 3D Space Container Challenge.

For the challenge, Mr. Vivek designed a hydroponic plant box that would be used to grow plants without soil. The box is effective in spacecrafts because it requires less space and plants grow faster and stronger, according to a press release.

As a finalist, Mr. Vivek will receive a $50 3D printing gift certificate courtesy of Shapeways and a one-week scholarship to Space Camp in Huntsville, Ala.

The purpose of the National 3D Space Container Challenge is to create a digital 3D model of a container for space. Astronauts need containers of all kinds from advanced containers that can be used to study fruit flies to simple containers to collect items or store food.

Horizon High School is in the Paradise Valley Unified School District.

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