How are NASA’s top minds testing the next generations of the Mars Rover?
An up-close look at a prototype robotic arm design helped answer that question for senior Project Lead the Way engineering students from the Lorain County JVS.
They toured the NASA Glenn Research Center recently to celebrate Manufacturing Month. The Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network coordinated the event.
In the Simulated Lunar Operations lab, seniors talked to space program engineers about how the robotic arm will help manipulate samples on the Red Planet’s rocky terrain.
Some even got to operate a model Mars Rover, learning about the time lag that defines communications between our planet and Mars.
Students also got to tour NASA’s machine shop, where they were able to experience firsthand water jet machines, manual and CNC mills and lathes, wire electrical discharge machines, a micro-machining center, and an industrial 3D printer.
“The students were able to see the type of work environment of a NASA engineer. They were also able to learn about the many different types of engineering and manufacturing jobs that are available at NASA,” said Project Lead the Way instructor Brian Iselin.
Courtesy photo Seniors in the Project Lead the Way engineering program at the Lorain County JVS tour the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.