Grades 6-8 (OPSPARC 2017)

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Grades 6-8 (OPSPARC 2017)

We have designed a house using space shuttle thermal protection system(TPS). These materials can protect space shuttles in heat up to 3,000 degrees fahrenheit, which will greatly delay the effect of fire. On a house or building, it can protect the house from a forest fire or at least delay the fire from catching on your house as soon as the flames get close, giving you time to exit the house or take necessities with you.

Create your Own Spinoff

On average, about 2,600 structures in the U.S are subject to forest wild fires annually. According to the NIFC, more than 67,000 wildfires occurred in the U.S in 2016. If you’re living in a forest fire zone, the risks of your house catching on fire increase nearly everyday. With our protection system, more than a thousand lives and houses could be saved.

Be a Researcher

Spinoff technology is technology made using materials that are normally used for other things(NASA, for this contest) to solve different world problems.

Tiles We are only using two of the six tiles used in different part of the TPS: flexible insulation blankets and reinforced carbon-carbon. Reinforced carbon-carbon is mainly used on the nose of spaceships since it is the hottest place on the spaceship when it re-enters Earth, so we are using it on houses so it will have the most efficiency. The flexible insulation blankets are less protective from fire damage, so we’re using those on the parts of the house that need less protection.

Design Review

Materials - Reinforced carbon-carbon (used in the nose cap of space shuttles)- Bison silicone high temp red heat resistant sealant (fire resistant glue)- Flexible insulation blankets (for bottom of house)- Heat resistant glass

What was the hardest part of designing and making this Spinoff technology? The hardest part was reasearching our spinoff technology. It was very hard to find resourceful websites that were trusting and included what we were looking for.  We chose this as our final design based off of what would be the most protective and what would hold off the fire for a long duration of time. How does our work relate to engineers and scientists? Our work compares to those of engineers and scientists because we are designing a product that can solve problems that counter us and many others in the world today.

FireAway NASA Technology Protection System.