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May 4, 2015
CCISD Student Projects Make Their Way to the International Space Station
school students from Clear Creek ISD and from across the country
gathered at NASA/Johnson Space Center’s Gilruth Center for the 2015
HUNCH Recognition Ceremony. HUNCH (High school students United with NASA
to Create Hardware) is an innovative school-based program that pairs
secondary campuses with NASA to create products for use in space
This culminating event, which celebrated
the twelfth year of the program, featured students from ten states.
Clear Creek Independent School District was well represented with
participating students from Clear Brook High School, Clear Creek High
School, Clear Lake High School and Clear Springs High School. Each
campus was recognized for its participation in HUNCH throughout the year
and their respective projects were on display for those in attendance.
project is held to the highest of standards with NASA personnel
providing materials, equipment and quality inspection oversight during
the fabrication of each item. This year projects from two CCISD schools,
Clear Creek High School and Clear Lake High School, were chosen for use
by astronauts living on the International Space Station (ISS).
from Clear Creek High School’s Machine Shop partnered with students
from Cypress Woods High School and Cypress Springs High School to build a
Flight Galley Table. The table, comprised of more than 100 individual
machined parts designed with strict NASA measurements and finishes, will
provide ISS crew members with an improved dining center and utility
work surface. The students at Clear Creek High School are also helping
to build eight Zero Gravity Glove Boxes. These boxes will be used in
support of HUNCH Extreme Science experiments with students from across
the country using them on the zero gravity plane.
Design students at Clear Lake High School will be fabricating Zero
Gravity Soft Goods Rack (ZSR) Panels, which will provide a soft cover
for storage racks on board the International Space Station. Students
designed and produced the prototype panels which were then reviewed by a
NASA team, tested for cleanliness requirements and fit-checked into the
JSC Space Vehicle Mockup Facility. NASA has requested that Clear Lake
High School students create twelve of the units. These panels will be
delivered to the ISS to replace the current soiled panels in orbit.
The HUNCH program not only gives students the opportunity to create
hardware, softgoods, prototypes and experiments for NASA, but allows
them to improve team-building and research skills, as well as boosting
self-confidence. This inventive partnership helps to inspire the next
generation of scientists and gives them real world experience while
providing cost-effective hardware and softgoods for NASA.