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NASA OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award
The winners will receive one of these trophies. Yes, that's OPTIMUS etched into the crystal!
OPTIMUS PRIME is more than just a well recognized name from TV and movies; it is a great analogy for NASA technology transfer and therefore, an excellent teaching tool. OPTIMUS PRIME began in space and transformed itself in order to come to Earth; OPTIMUS PRIME goes undetected and helps people while protecting them. Similarly, NASA technologies, though designed for space applications, are often modified and transformed to go into everyday products used on Earth; they often go undetected and often help people.
The OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award promotes NASA spinoffs, recognizes innovation through technology transfer and promotes innovative communication of spinoff stories to the public through video. The OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Award will serve to acknowledge the contribution of both NASA innovators and the companies that spun-off NASA technology for commercial applications, as well as to educate America’s youth about the benefits of NASA spinoff technology.
NASA Spinoff Technologies
Did you know that space technology is all around you? The heart defibrillator your grandparents might have or the memory foam mattress you sleep on at night, or even the purified water you drink at your house are all technologies developed by NASA engineers, scientists and innovators. NASA is required to share its technologies with the public. The public then can take these technologies and make them into something that you can use around your house, at school or even on the road. These are known as spinoffs
In 1976, NASA wanted to put all these great stories about spinoffs in a book that the public could read about. Since then, over 1,600 stories have been written about spinoffs. If you want to read more about these stories, the history of spinoffs and the impact space technology has made on you, please visit Spinoff
or NASA @ Home and City