High school students United with NASA to Create Hardware or HUNCH is an innovative school-based program that partners NASA at Johnson Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, Langley Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, Glenn Research Center, Kennedy Space Center, and AMES Research Center with high schools in states across the nation. The partnership involves students fabricating real-world products for NASA as they apply their science, technology, engineering and mathematics skills as well as learning to work in teams and think creatively.
This NASA program is expanding and giving students opportunities to develop hardware for the International Space Station. Some hardware items are necessities that the astronaut crew has personally requested to help ease their living conditions while aboard the Space Station and other requests have come from Flight Crew Systems and Operational groups at NASA. It is really a wonderful time to be a part of such a great program!
NASA HUNCH & CCSD
The partnership between CCSD and NASA started in 2008, and evolved in developing NASAHunch program in our High Schools. This past spring of 2019 5 teams from our schools demonstrated significant design quality and ideas to be a contender for the final design review in Huston and one of our CTHS teams, was chosen to present their project at the Johnson Space Center in Huston, TX for the final design review.
The program allows our students to participate in solving real problems presented by astronauts while using STEM practices that challenge them to create, innovate and care about the world around them.
Cherokee Trail HS
Teams from Cherokee Trail High School will compete with the following projects:
- NoHeat Shield
- Sierra Nevada– Double Cold Bag Protective Structure
- Lunar Wheels
- Tarp stakes for the lunar lander porch
- Zero-g mouse food dispenser
Leading Teacher: Ben Nuebel
Teams from Eaglecrest High School will compete with the following projects:
- Lunar Tarp Stakes
- Lunar Wheels
- No Heat Shield
- Cargo Module Opening Restraint (2 teams)
Leading Teachers: Gabriel Roussere & John Avery
Teams from Grandview High School will compete with the following projects:
- Lunar Flagpole
Leading Teacher: Charles Pearl
Teams from Eaglecrest High School, Smokey Hill High School & Grandview High School will compete with culinary projects.
Leading Teacher: Mary Anderson