Florida Atlantic University High School student Connor Cane, 15, recently was one of only four students to represent the United States and one of only 47 students from across the world to participate in the United Space School in Houston, Texas. The elite two-week program brought together the brightest international students between the ages of 15-19 at NASA’s Manned Space Flight Center at the Lyndon B. Johnson Space Center.
“It was such a unique experience that I was fortunate enough to be selected for,” said Cane. “I got to collaborate with people from all over the world – I made a lot of friendships.”
The program involved planning a mission to Mars with NASA scientists and engineers, in which students were assigned mission-specific teams based on their interests and interviews. Cane was a member of the green team, tasked with designing a habitat for the mission.
“If I had to pick a standout moment from the experience it would be at the end when we were presenting our habitat,” said Cane. “My team came together to form a really cool mission. All of our different cultures and experiences positively impacted our problem-solving skills and allowed us to work together as a unit.”
Cane will begin his sophomore year at FAU High this week, continuing his involvement in The Cane Institute for Advanced Technologies. The Cane Institute serves as the epicenter for research, education and technology transfer for A.D. Henderson University School and FAU High School. The Institute’s integrated approach to solving society’s toughest problems engages the best and brightest students, faculty and resources to explore today’s most complex challenges in arenas such as cybersecurity, autonomous vehicles, robotics, virtual reality, augmented reality, automation and artificial intelligence.
The future is bright for Cane, who has a career interest in biomolecular engineering, with the ultimate goal of “helping people.”