Riverfield works with NASA
Students at Riverfield Country Day School recently developed an application to support NASA’s upcoming Orion Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) flight test.
Jerry Bates, Riverfield Country Day School head of school; the Upper School coding team of Jack Jones, Grant Koski, Caden Kesselring, Ilan Kaiser and Noah Hall; and Riverfield Technology Coordinator Penny Kuhn visited NASA in June.
Students in Penny Kuhn’s class at Riverfield Country Day School recently developed an application to support NASA’s upcoming Orion Ascent Abort-2 (AA-2) flight test.
NASA’s App Development Challenge is a new pilot program that is part of the agency’s Next Generation STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Initiative and provides an opportunity for middle- and high-school students to practice computer coding and app development.
This summer, in preparation for its next lunar mission in 2024, NASA will demonstrate the abort system through which Orion and its crew can escape if an emergency arises during the climb to orbit. NASA asked teams to design a computer, web or smart phone app to visualize simulated test data in support of the flight test, an important step in demonstrating the safety of Orion.
Kuhn, Riverfield’s five-student team and Head of School Jerry Bates traveled to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center for five days in June to participate in tours of NASA facilities and labs, meet scientists and engineers, and present their app to the AA-2 engineering team.