Bay Port Engineering Students Named Finalists in National Competition

Nate Giese

Erik Carstens


Bay Port engineering students Erik Carstens and Nate Giese were selected as two of four national finalists in the teen division of the Future Engineers 3D Printing in Space contest last week. Although the Bay Port juniors did not win the competition, for their accomplishment of reaching the finals Carstens and Giese won a trip to Los Angeles to visit SpaceX and the Oscar-award winning digital visual effects studio, Digital Domain.

As part of their contest entry Carstens and Giese designed a digital 3D model of a tool they think Astronauts would need in space. After 10 national semifinalists were named, both Carstens and Giese made the cut to the final four. The students then participated in an online video interview with a NASA astronaut to describe their designs.

Carstens designed a multi hex key tool with multiple sleeves. Giese’s design was for a finger splint with a locking ring to accommodate fingers of different sizes. The students completed the projects under the guidance of Bay Port technology education teacher Scott Gutschow.

About SpaceX: SpaceX designs, manufactures and launches advanced rockets and spacecraft. The company was founded in 2002 to revolutionize space technology, with the ultimate goal of enabling people to live on other planets.

About Digital Domain: Digital Domain is an Academy Award-winning visual effects company that has worked on over 100 movies including “Iron Man 3,” the “Transformers” series, “Ender’s Game,” and “XMEN Days of Future Past.”

About the Howard-Suamico School District: Founded in 1961, the Howard-Suamico School District encompasses 53 square miles in one of the most popular and attractive areas of Wisconsin. Located in the villages of Howard and Suamico – just eight miles northwest of Green Bay’s historic Lambeau Field – the district serves approximately 6,000 students in eight schools and 10 community-based four-year-old kindergarten sites, making it the 26th-largest school district in the state of Wisconsin. The HSSD vision, mission and beliefs can best be summarized by the motto: Serving, Learning, Achieving – Together. For more information about the Howard-Suamico School District, follow us on Twitter (@HSSD) or visit

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