Congratulations to Valley Christian High School Sophomore, Ansel Austin, national winner of the Future Engineers “Two for the Crew Challenge”, sponsored by the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Foundation and NASA. Ansel brilliantly combined two pieces of International Space Station (ISS) Crew equipment into one. His invention, the “Trillium Tool”, combines the functions of a hexagonal wrench and ratcheting socket wrench into one tool. Inspired by the shape of the Trillium plant, Ansel’s design is bi-directional, eliminates a traditional handle, and meets strict safety standards. As a reward for winning the challenge, Ansel’s Trillium Tool will be 3D printed in space on the ISS. He has also won a MakerBot Replicator Mini+ 3-D printer. In addition, Ansel has won a trip to Washington DC to learn about the history and future of space exploration. Well done, Ansel!
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