Keep yourself Occupied this Winter Holidays.
Mastercam and Optimax, builders of the optics behind the latest technologies in aerospace, have teamed up to challenge young engineers to design and machine a part associated with the NASA Curiosity Rover.
Entrants must be between the ages of 16 and 25 years old and have access to a machine shop to cut their entry part.
Prizes for this competition include:
- $1,000 plus a FREE seat of Mastercam Mill Level 1
- An expenses-paid trip for the winner and a guest to the Kennedy Space Center.
This year’s competition challenges students and young adults to design and machine a mirror from the Rover.There are a couple options for designing this mirror:The mirror can be machined it as-is, and be creative on the underside (add a logo, a picture, etc.).The mirror design can be modified with a goal of making it lighter, but still retain its structure and use.
The part will be judged by a team of experts at Optimax. If you know a student or young adult, encourage them to enter the 2014 IOF competition. Here’s a little video teaser that explains more: