Five Years, Five Finalists in NASA Hunch Program


For the fifth year, Mrs. Melissa Goodall and her Computer Coding & Web Applications students will present their research at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX.  Students competed in the NASA Hunch program; The HUNCH mission is to empower and inspire students through a Project Based Learning program where high school students learn 21st-century skills and have the opportunity to launch their careers through participation in the design and fabrication of real-world valued products for NASA. 


The group of Seth Lyall (Bethel), Eris (Malayna) Suther (Miamisburg), and team leader Samuel Brown (West Milton) were announced as finalists.  Their prototype project was the Solar Tracker software system for the Mars Rover project.  They used engineering techniques, modeling, 3D printing, electronics, a Raspberry Pi, solar panels, an Arduino, and programming to find the brightest light source in a nearly 360-degree rotation to power the Mars Rover.  Mrs. Goodall said, “They did an outstanding job documenting their iterative engineering process to arrive at a workable solution!”


The Computer Coding & Web Applications NASA Hunch Project team of Dylan Hawley (Northmont), Sha’Maria Barton (Northmont), Ethan Hile (Northmont), and Nathan Moles (Norhtmont) were named semi-finalists in the competition.