(Carrine Johnson, former NASA/JPL intern): This summer I worked on ATHLETE, which stands for All-Terrain Hex-Limbed Extra-Terrestrial Explorer.
It's a mouthful.
My job was to create a tarp covering for the field testing.
First, I designed my tarp and figured out what kind of material I was going to use, and then I installed snaps on each side of the tarps to make essentially a fabric cage.
And using the brackets I can snap on the covering and cover up the robot in a quick and efficient manner.
But my favorite part of the internship was the field testing that we did this summer.
We took ATHLETE out into the nearby park.
It was really exciting for me to see the robot and the different pieces actually start working, everything falling into place.
Even more cool about that was sharing this experience with four and five year olds who were at the park doing a summer camp.
They got really excited when ATHLETE came by and they wanted to learn all about it.
They actually nicknamed the robot Dusty.
So it was pretty fun for me to share my love of robotics with these little kids. › Watch video