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EAST LIVERPOOL, Ohio (WKBN) — Have you ever ever dreamed of going to house? Would you are taking your cat with you?

What began out as a joke is now a pupil venture funded by a NASA grant.

College students at East Liverpool Excessive Faculty received a $1,500 grant from NASA to develop an area go well with for cats. They’re 1 of 60 winners throughout the USA.

The scholars are engaged on growing know-how that will sometime presumably permit astronauts to take pets to house, turning an bizarre home cat right into a “cat-stronaut.”

“We selected cats in house for this venture as a result of it’s discovered by means of the COVID disaster with having contact with a small animal like a cat is excellent for psychological well being,” stated East Liverpool STEM instructor/workforce chief Gerald Bartlett. “As we transfer into pioneering in the direction of moon and martian colonies, it is going to be vital to contemplate psychological well being of our astronauts.”

College students have been requested to give you an enormous venture for his or her senior 12 months. They submitted a four-page proposal. It’s all a part of the NASA TechRise Scholar Problem.

NASA can ship this venture on a high-altitude balloon flight for testing. However don’t fear, no cats shall be harm by the experiment.

“We shall be placing assessments and totally different meters in there, not an precise cat, to verify the cat would survive an precise house launch,” stated pupil Preston Dawson.

“The cat may be very a lot pretend,” stated pupil Riley Cox.

“We’ll begin with doing all of the analysis to see what micro-controllers we have to use, how we put it into the go well with, how large we have to make it,” stated pupil Lee Michaelwitz.

Cox proposed the cats in house concept. At first, she stated her classmates weren’t over the moon about it.

“Everybody hated my concept,” Cox stated. “They stated that it could by no means win and it was not a good suggestion. Then they have been like, it’s very foolish so possibly it’ll win. So I feel foolish concepts are the most effective concepts.”

East Liverpool wasn’t the one native faculty to be chosen for the NASA grant. Canfield Excessive Faculty college students additionally acquired a grant.

Along with the monetary assist, college students will meet with an engineer as soon as every week over Zoom to assist information their initiatives.