The LEGO Group recently unveiled the world’s largest LEGO model, a 1:1 replica of the LEGO® Star Wars™ X-Wing starfighter, in New York’s Times Square. (Used by permission, © 2012 The LEGO Group)
The LEGO Group recently unveiled the world’s largest LEGO model, a 1:1 replica of the LEGO® Star Wars™ X-Wing starfighter, in New York’s Times Square. (Used by permission, © 2012 The LEGO Group)

NASA is teaming up with LEGO to  inspire a new generation of space explorers.

The US space agency and the LEGO group, creator of the popular building brick and model construction kits, are challenging young people to envision the future through a competition called NASA’s Missions: Imagine and Build.

The contest calls on young people to share that vision by using LEGO pieces to create models of future NASA missions and spacecraft.

“It is international in scope…one class is for ages 13 and older and the other one is for ages 16 and older,” said Debbie Rivera, acting director of NASA’s Public Outreach Division.

You can enter the contest by registering online.

One of the two categories in the competition is  Inventing Our Future in Flight, which asks competitors to create an aircraft of the future based on a project NASA is currently working on.

The other category, Imagine Our Future Beyond Earth, encourages entrants to journey into space by using LEGOS to depict one of NASA’s future missions.

Although participants can be as imaginative as they wish, the entries should reflect a future mission NASA is already planning through the 2030s.

Participants will be able to use the LEGO digital designer computer program to help design their models.

Entrants will upload pictures of their completed models to any public web-server or photo sharing site such as flickr.com, and then post a link to their pictures on the contest website.

“There will be prizes for the winners, one of which is going to be a LEGO building kit that will be autographed by one of the LEGO designers,” said Rivera. “For one of the contests there will also be an actual trophy that is built out of LEGO bricks. And for winners in both contests there will be NASA commemorative material.”

The deadline for the contest is July 31, 2013 at 1259 UTC.

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