BRIDGEPORT, Conn. -- A pair of University of Bridgeport students have been awarded $5,000 scholarships from the Connecticut Space Grant Consortium to further their work in near space payload structures and robotic movement.
Phillip Carroll and Joshua Hauge, undergraduates majoring in industrial design, have been working alongside students and faculty from the School of Engineering on a high-altitude ballooning project, led by technology management professor Neal Lewis.
The project has resulted in a small robotic puppet that will be launched on a high-altitude balloon and used to educate young students about space flight.
“Phil has worked on the animation of the robot’s motions and outer body physical appearance, while Josh has concentrated on fabrication of the structural housing for the robot," Lewis said. "We’ve learned a lot about the harshness of the near space environment, while at the same time we try and make the robot’s housing look like a 1960s Project Mercury space capsule to help teach young students about the history of the American space program.”
Jani Macari Pallis, Connecticut Space Grant director at UB, said Carroll and Hauge “are a critical part of our student team, and Connecticut Space Grant has recognized their work with the award of these scholarships.”
The awards will be applied in the spring semester.
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