Thursday, February 16, 2017

NASA Optimum Glogster Spinoff Competition

7th Grade Doherty students: Steven Zhang, Davis Blanch, Lucas Bacchi, Chad Cao under the guidance of Barbara Murray: Digital Learning Specialist & Stephen Chinosi: Director of Strategic Innovation took part in the OPTIMUS PRIME Challenge. 

NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center invites students in grades 3-12 to take part in the OPTIMUS PRIME Spinoff Promotion and Research Challenge (OPSPARC). Participants are challenged to help raise awareness and understanding of NASA technologies and their many benefits to our everyday lives. Our students have created a robot,the redesigned Rocker Bogie made to help people transport heavy loads or carry supplies, such as water, long distances. It uses the mechanics of the All-terrain wheelchair, designed by an MIT engineer Amos Winter, to move itself forward. The passenger can use their own strength to power the bot by using the hand cranks. By doing this they are able to help the bot move without using too much of the energy. In addition to the hand cranks, the Rocker  has installed motors which can help the person move the Rocker Bogie up hills and over rough terrains, when the hand cranks cannot provide enough power.