CCISD Student Projects Make Their Way to the International Space Station

CCISD Student Projects Make Their Way to the International Space Station
Posted on 05/04/2015
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May 4, 2015

CCISD Student Projects Make Their Way to the International Space Station

High 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 exploration.

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.

Each 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).

Students 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.

Fashion 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.

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