"We decided we wanted to do something crazy," says student Bryce Lucas. "We wanted to think out of the box."
Their way of meeting the challenge:
"The idea of open source fabrication, the idea of building things from nothing," said Michael Vincent, who teaches the Environmental and Spatial class.
That's exactly what they did. They ordered a kit with no guide and no tutorial, just rods and pieces.
"We heard of a new software that Mendo came out with and it was a 3D printer, so we decided to take it and run with it," said Lucas.
It's called Reprap, which is basically a replicator that makes whatever the students put into a computer print in 3D.
"We have an SCO File, we convert into a G code called slicer and we tell the printer to print whatever we want."
"We are printing a spool holder so we can hold the filament and it won't jam up," said Dalton.
"It kind of sounds like something right out of a sci-fi movie," said Vincent.
These whiz kids will now create a video of their project and send it to Samsung for a chance at the big prize.
Samsung will judge all 75 projects in February.
The top prize is $100,000; while the top 15 earn $40,000.