Members of a Miami Valley Career Technology Center program have worked with a NASA project this year, creating special connections for students with astronauts and engineers, school officials said.
The Computer Coding and Web Application Program at the MVCTC has partnered throughout the school year with the NASA Hunch Program on developing a Mission Reminder Tool.
Two Computer Coding and Web Application teams from MVCTC have been selected to participate in the final design and prototype review at The Johnson Space Center in Houston next month on April 16.
The NASA Hunch program gives students opportunities where they can apply their knowledge from the classroom to work on real NASA projects requested by the astronaut crew on the International Space Station.
The Computer Coding and Web Application senior students worked in teams with Lt. Travis Rennich, their Air Force mentor from Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, to develop a Mission Reminder Tool.
This is an Internet-based web application that collects data transmitted from NASA to the International Space Station, processes it, and displays a calendar of scheduled missions.
It also provides astronauts with the ability to schedule reminders for tasks. The Invited teams will present their Design and Prototype project for NASA HUNCH when they arrive at the Johnson Space Center. They will be presenting to NASA engineers and astronauts.
The teams consist of these students: Logan Bowers (National Trail), Cylas Whiting (Miamisburg), Nick Brown (Northmont), Adam Cantrell (Wayne), Jacob Sager (Bethel), Cameron Snyder (Bethel), and Peyton Chapman (Bethel).
“It was definitely challenging to take on, but with that came the enjoyment of being able to build our first application with real-world utility according to the needs of a client,” Snyder said.
Cantrell is happy to see the hard work come to fruition.
“I learned the harder the task you are given, the more satisfying it is when you complete it,” Cantrell said.
Sager said working on the project allowed him to learn more about his talents.
“This project helped show what my true individual strengths were compared to the partners in our group,” he said, “ultimately showing us how our connected skills would help us accomplish this daunting challenge.”
Working through challenges and learning how persistence pays off is something that the students learned.
“One word that I would use to describe this project would be the need to be persistent through challenges,” Chapman said. “My team and I worked on this project for a long while and gained a lot of valuable experience from it.”