Aeronauts 2000 Intergenerational Project challenges our young technology leaders of
tomorrow to create tools to improve the lives of older adults today. During the summer of 2016 students from Shaker Heights High, North Olmsted High School, Cuyahoga Community College and the University of California, Irvine will conduct research on space challenges of living on Mars, aging on Earth and game design. NASA studies show that there is a correlation between the physiological changes of living in Deep Space and the aging process on Earth, such as bone loss, sensory and cognitive impairment, and isolation. Students will conduct field work with seniors to design a multi-purpose vehicle, deep space habitat, and physical diagnostic and monitoring tools, which will be used in a video game and implemented as technology aids for seniors called “Gerontechnology."