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From Lunabot to Ladyfish, Northrop Grumman Student Showcase April 18 at Clemente Center Will Dazzle and Educate

MELBOURNE, FLA. — In Florida Institute of Technology’s annual exhibition of academic achievement and technical endeavor April 18 at the Clemente Center, students from the College of Engineering and College of Science will display their design and research projects.

Held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., the 2014 edition of the Northrop Grumman Engineering and Science Student Design Showcase features the STEM disciplines brought to life. Ideal for students and lifelong learners, fascinating for all ages, the showcase features more than 75 exhibits.

The community is invited to attend this free event.

For more than four decades, Florida Tech engineering students have been required to complete hands-on, detailed senior projects before graduation; science students begin working as early as their freshman year on independent, cutting-edge research projects, or they engage in group research as part of Florida Tech’s Quality Enhancement Plan program.

In 2009, a $1 million endowment gift from Northrop Grumman Corporation provided ongoing support for the students’ work. Northrop Grumman officials will present two special “Best in Show” prizes at this year’s showcase for individual projects from the College of Engineering and the College of Science.

The judges will have plenty to choose from, as this year’s projects touch on land and sea, space and safety, cars and drones.

Engineering projects include a morphing-wing unmanned aerial vehicle; a crash avoidance display; home appliance remote control; both Formula and Baja cars; NASA Lunabot; concrete canoe; enhanced roller coaster vehicle; a hazardous gas alarm sensor; and wave power.

Science projects include a study of the spawning sites and larval distribution of ladyfish; biotoxicity of silver particles; the volume, heat and freshwater transport of Pacific water through Barrow Canyon; the “dirt” on asteroids; a discussion of designing pixel readout boards; and the search for water ice at the lunar poles.

The Clemente Center is located on University Boulevard near the corner of Babcock Street.

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