May 12, 2016

For immediate release

Contact: Esther Watstein 203-332-5226
Dr. Mary C. Arico 860-768-4681 (Project organizer)

Housatonic Community College Students Engage in NASA CT Space Challenge

They built a Quadcopter and now they’re going to fly it.

Five HCC students, Blake Bennett from Washington Depot, Brandon D’Agostino and Nichole Dineson, Milford, Nicholas Saint, Norwalk, and Christopher Torok, Stratford, comprise the HCC team competing at the Community College Quadcopter Challenge taking place at 2 p.m. on Friday, May 13 at the Konover Center, University of Hartford in Hartford.

The Challenge, sponsored by the NASA Connecticut Space Grant Consortium, required that those invited to participate build a Quadcopter (drone) and learn to navigate and put it through its paces. Five teams of five students each will compete.

The students were offered two kits, one more complicated than the other. They had to build it from scratch, requiring ability in engineering, soldering, CAD software, 3D printing, and laser cutting among others. Then, they had to learn to fly it over a course that including obstacles such as towers, water, changing wind, swapping equipment, etc.

The HCC team chose the more difficult kit. They built it. They tested it at HCC. It flew just fine.

The Challenge is designed to encourage community college students in Science Engineering, Technology and Math (STEM) programs, and to engage more community colleges in these programs.