Robonauts Show Off New Robot to NASA VIPs
Posted on 03/04/2016
Several Clear Creek ISD high school robotics students on the district-wide Robonauts team were visited by some very important people after their practice concluded at the ISS Training and Robotics facility at NASA Johnson Space Center on Wednesday.
In anticipation for Astronaut Scott Kelly’s return to Houston after his year in space, the students had the rare opportunity to visit with Second Lady of the United States Dr. Jill Biden; NASA Administrator General Charles Bolden; Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Dr. John P. Holdren; Johnson Space Center Director Dr. Ellen Ochoa; and Scott's twin brother and former astronaut Mark Kelly.
The Robonauts briefed their guests on their robotics education, showed-off their recently completed robot (Arsenal), and gave their guests an opportunity to operate it.
"We are extremely fortunate to have the wonderful support system of CCISD and NASA JSC combined," said Candace Campanelli, lead CCISD mentor for the robotics team. "This tremendous support has allowed the Robonauts to grow into the elite program it is today. As the reigning World Champions of the F.I.R.S.T. Robotics Competition, we are very excited about this season!"
The Robonauts is a district-wide robotics team in its 20th season, consisting of 62 students from Clear Brook High School, Clear Creek High School, Clear Falls High School, Clear Lake High School, Clear Springs High School, and Clear Horizons Early College High School. More information about The Robonauts, NASA Robotics Education, and FIRST can be found at www.Robonauts.org, www.Robotics.NASA.gov, and www.FIRSTinspires.org.