High School Students Use Digital Manufacturing to Build Flying Camera for NASA
The High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) project provides students with the opportunity to design and build products for potential use in space missions. Its goal is to provide work experiences that inspire high school, career technology and engineering academy students to pursue careers in science and engineering.
As part of this project, NASA asked the students of Cypress Woods High School to design and build a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) that carries a camera and can maneuver around the International Space Station (ISS) under the direction of ground control. The ROV is needed because nearly all of the time of the crew of the ISS is occupied with a myriad of other tasks. Ground controllers need to be able to monitor experiments, check parameters on displays and gauges, verify switch settings and perform other similar tasks without taking up the valuable time of the crew.
Cypress Woods High School students testing ROV in a NASA zero gravity plane.
“The ability of Dimension 3D Printers to quickly and inexpensively produce parts that are strong enough for use in real applications opens up a world of opportunities for schools.”
Mike Bennett, Cypress Woods High School