IB DESIGN TECH STUDENTS TOUR THE NASA GLENN RESEARCH CENTER
On Tuesday, Engineering Department Chair Mr. Matt Falk '98 accompanied his IB Design Tech students on a field trip to the NASA Glenn Research Center, where they went behind-the-scenes and delved deeper into understanding the technology used at NASA. Students first engaged with a panel of speakers who spoke about the various career paths in manufacturing offered through NASA, providing students with a networking opportunity to ask questions and connect with professionals in the field. "Students were able to talk with engineers and machinists who operate multi-million dollar CNC mills and lathes, wire EDM machines and custom equipment for making components that are in use on the ISS and satellites today," says Mr. Falk. "The visit to NASA itself provided an opportunity for my students to see what pathways are available for those who want to enter the world of manufacturing engineering and micromachining."
After the panel discussion, students toured the different facilities around the research center and saw firsthand how NASA manufactures prototypes for the aeronautical industry, space flight and space exploration. Students were also able to get their hands on various types of virtual reality and augmented reality systems like Microsoft HoloLenses, mixed reality smartglasses developed and manufactured