NES adventure continues ……Day 2
Day two was a bit unusual. Day one was about the environmental side of safety on the center grounds. Day two now would deal with human side of the safety, health.
Our first mentor was head of student safety training at the center. She gave us a brief outline about what college and high school students have to do for their safety training before they even start their internships. Interesting point here, I noticed in her packet for the interns there was a lab safety guide at the end of the training they had to sign. Similar to our lab safety guidelines we use in class. I’m going to give the safety manual to the head of our science department and chemistry teachers. Definitely a good deal of chemistry safety listed in the packet.
The second part of the day included a visit to the NASA’s GreenLab Research Facility. Here we meet Dr. Bilal Bomani, Senior Research Scientist the person behind the lab. Dr. Bomani is working with alternative and renewable energy sources.
“At the GreenLab Research Facility at the NASA Glenn Research Center, we are concentrating on green solutions for aviation fuels as well as green energy solutions.” Dr. Bomani
We spent a good deal of the morning at this facility and actually came away with an awesome variety of material to use in class. Dr. Bomani also has a TED talk, in which he summarizes his work. Great teaching tool for environmental topics. Actually thinking of using this when we do our alternative energy unit.
The second part of the day included a talk with a Biotech researcher who was on the edge of new research. As we all know 3D printers are becoming very popular everywhere, but what we don’t know is what type of fumes and particles are being given off with these printers (Article). NASA has actually started researching this, especially because they are popular with other project researchers. According to this researcher, they are looking at the hazards that might be associated with the nanoparticles. NASA actually called OSHA to see if there were any regulations about the printers. There were none and now OSHA is waiting on the results from the NASA research. I’m curious as to what the data will show. I know we are looking into getting a 3D printer, I think precautions are going to have to be addressed about these printers.
After a brief lunch we went to the radiation safety area and had the opportunity to see the particle accelerator. Built in 1940’s by General Electric the cyclotron or particle accelerator is being dismantled. A bit different.
Our last stop was the countermeasure laboratory where they worked on various equipment that was being used on the ISS. The focus in this lab was “to mitigate the detrimental effects of microgravity on the human musculoskeletal system, astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS).” This would be a great tool to use in class to discuss human body and different conditions that effect the human body.
The 2nd day ended on a great note when a few of us took a dinner cruise on Lake Erie. A definite recommendation for anyone visiting Cleveland. The next day we visited the Plum Brook Station, an extension of the Glenn Research Center.