VIDEO: Florida Tech Communications Class Premieres Engineering Documentary

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Documentary to be shown April 27 at FIT

ABOVE VIDEO: A documentary film following the lives of four engineering senior design teams at Florida Tech as they race the clock to finish their fully functional projects by the Senior Design Showcase.

BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA –  Florida Tech communication seniors believe stories have power.

To this end, the communication class of 2016 created The Making Of, a documentary following the journeys of four Engineering senior design projects with the goal of emphasizing the human side of student-led engineering.

The documentary will be shown on Florida Tech’s campus on Wednesday, April 27 from 6:45-8 p.m. in room P133 located adjacent to the Evans Library. Students, teachers, and the general public are welcome to attend.

Florida Tech communication seniors believe stories have power. To this end, the communication class of 2016 created The Making Of, a documentary following the journeys of four Engineering senior design projects with the goal of emphasizing the human side of student led engineering. (Florida Tech image)

Florida Tech communication seniors believe stories have power. To this end, the communication class of 2016 created The Making Of, a documentary following the journeys of four Engineering senior design projects with the goal of emphasizing the human side of student led engineering. (Florida Tech image)

This film’s unique collection of stories includes the following four teams:

• Team Outreach: Outreach Team A is an entrepreneurial outreach team whose objective is to design and develop a system in the domain of housing for people in developing countries that are affected by natural disasters.

Alexandra Coultrup

Alexandra Coultrup

“The beauty of this film is that it doesn’t just show the remarkable engineering and designs these students create, but that it explores the very complex and personal journeys of the students involved,” said Alex Coultrup, the director for the film.

The focus of the project is to construct a process to develop a semi permanent and sustainable housing structure to facilitate rehabilitation of the affected mass specifically in the intermediate period i.e. post natural disaster and prior to establishment of permanent housing.

• Formula SAE Team: The 2016 Florida Tech Formula SAE Team has been tasked with designing, building, and racing a formula style vehicle at the Society of Automotive Engineers’ student design competition in Brooklyn, Michigan on May 11th, 2016.

The team must compete in 3 static events and 4 dynamic events.

SAE competitions promote a competitive environment where new technologies are researched and developed.

Every year the Florida Tech Formula team improves their vehicle design and achieves better results at the SAE competition.

The FSAE competition is one of the most highly respected educational endeavors in the world and it provides students with the opportunity to learn many skills that can be directly applied into the workforce.

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By developing a successful and reliable FSAE vehicle, it would create a working platform to allow Florida Tech FSAE to continue improving their placings at competitions in the coming years.

• Team Sharkbait: The aim of team Sharkbait is to design, build, and test a hybrid unmanned vehicle.

The vehicle shall perform as an aerial vehicle, underwater vehicle, and transition between these modes without external intervention.

• Team ARES: ARES is a mining robot that will be able to excavate simulated Martian regolith.

It will be able to perform four basic functions; movement, collection, storage, and depositing.

It will be operated by one person through manual control. The robot will also compete at the NASA Robotic Mining Competition.

The competition will be held May 16-20 at the Kennedy Space Center.

Florida Tech communication seniors believe stories have power. To this end, the communication class of 2016 created The Making Of, a documentary following the journeys of four Engineering senior design projects with the goal of emphasizing the human side of student led engineering. (Florida Tech image)

Florida Tech communication seniors believe stories have power. To this end, the communication class of 2016 created The Making Of, a documentary following the journeys of four Engineering senior design projects with the goal of emphasizing the human side of student led engineering. (Florida Tech image)

To collect the potential innovative ideas, NASA annually hosts a competition at the Kennedy Space Center in mid ­May for these students.

Each team’s robot must display overall proper functionality among its components to meet the needed design capabilities.

NASA provides specific requirements to students so they can research possibilities for their design, narrow­down their design specifications, and optimize their final specifications.

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