Schools Starpack Packaging Design Awards 2017

Canned Food UK is sponsoring the Schools Starpack Packaging Design Awards 2017, which aims to inspire students to pursue a career in packaging. This category is open to students currently studying at Key Stage 4, GCSE’s, AS/A Level and BTEC Levels 2/3.

You can see our specialist brief here and to enter the awards, visit http://www.iom3.org/starpack/schools-starpack-awards.

The brief: A Space Meal in One

Living on the International Space Station (ISS) has its challenges, particularly when it comes to meal times, with limited kitchen equipment. Canned foods are a staple of a space diet as they are convenient, easy to open and most importantly, lock in the nutrients. Your brief is to develop a new two-course meal, which can be served from a tin or can container, for astronauts on the ISS.

Background

Recent missions to the International Space Station (ISS) have allowed astronauts to run experiments as well as try out new technologies for future exploration of our solar system. The astronauts themselves are also being monitored, particularly their health and well-being and a balanced diet with correct nutrients and vitamins are essential for keeping the ISS team in tip top condition.

Yet, living on the International Space Station has its challenges, particularly when it comes to meal times. Astronaut, Samantha Cristoforetti, shows in this YouTube clip the very limited kitchen equipment available to the crew – https://youtu.be/4exaXdPKS3Y. As well as being nutritional, space meals have to be easy to prepare and appetising.

Canned foods are a staple of the space diet as they are convenient, easy to open and most importantly, ensure that nutrients are locked in the can until eaten. British astronaut, Tim Peake, recently enjoyed a canned bacon sandwich on the ISS to remind him of home.

Aim

The brief is to develop a new two-course meal, which can be served from a tin or can container, for astronauts on the International Space Station.

Points to Consider

  • Is the can container easy to open considering the limited equipment in space?
  • Will the container present the meal in an appetising way?

Materials to be used

The container design must use tinplate as the core element, but models can be made of any appropriate material to represent the metal component.

Help

For more information about an astronaut’s lifestyle, including eating plans, visit the European Space Agency Youtube Channel. The ESA ‘Life in Space’ website, as well as the NASA site, both contain useful information.

For inspiration visit the Metal Packaging Manufacturers Associations’ (MPMA) Pinterest ‘Food’ Board and to find out about how cans are made visit the education section of the MPMA website. 

Prize 

Gold Prize – £100 to winning entrant, £500 to winning entrant’s school.

 

 

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