NASA award for student’s ‘Space Bread’ solution

6.1 student, Sam Wilkinson, recently took third place in the Oxford leg of the International Space Apps Challenge, organised by NASA. This event, which saw 29 finalists chosen from over 100 submitted solutions at 25 participating locations, celebrated technological development. Using minimal resources and maximum brainpower participants of all ages were tasked with creating outside-the-box solutions in response to interesting problems. Sam’s solution, ‘Aeration & Low Temperature Baking’, also known as ‘Space Bread’, is an energy efficient, self sufficient process to produce ordinary, fresh bread with minimal ingredients at lower, safer temperatures in a limited resource environment. Watch Sam’s presentation to the judges. Watch and read explanations of how ‘Space Bread’ is made.


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.

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