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The video above is of NASA astronaut Colonel Mike Hopkins, currently on the International Space Station, showing the student designed tape dispencer in action.. in space!
The astronaut demonstrates how the device can be operated with one hand at the 1:12 mark, and gives a shout out to Windsor High School at the 2:40 mark. While multiple schools contributed to the overall design during the process, the seat track attachment innovation that alows for one-handed use came directly out of Mr. Ricci and his students' Technology Education classroom. An exerpt from a NASA email is below:
"... the outstanding accomplishment by Mr. Ricci and his Windsor High School HUNCH students who not only designed, but also fabricated and documented an incredibly designed tape dispenser and seat track attachment for the ISS. This project truly took a team effort, and the excellent results are sincerely appreciated by the astronauts onboard the ISS. "
WHS Technology Education Engineering students, under the leadership of their one-of-a-kind teacher Dustin Ricci, worked with NASA engineers and astronauts to develop hardware for use on the International Space Station.
Recently, the autonomous rocket launched out of Florida carrying some of that student-designed hardware, including a locker they helped design that they signed in a ceremony here at WHS last year. It docked with the ISS about 24 hours later (the first rocket to ever self-dock!) delivering the student work to the astronauts living onboard.
The successful NASA/SpaceX Rocket Launch, with important connections to our WHS students and faculty is a spectacular culmination of their hard work. Congrats to Mr. Ricci and his students on this amazing achievement!