The HUNCH – High school students United with NASA to Create Hardware – Program has expanded its partnership opportunities to the Dade County, Georgia, school system in Trenton. Students will increase their advanced manufacturing capabilities by producing super-strength carbon fiber elements for NASA, the International Space Station, and future deep space products.

HUNCH was designed to inspire students through project-based learning. Students have opportunities to participate in six HUNCH focus areas — design and prototyping, software, hardware, sewn flight articles, video and media, and culinary arts.

Schools can participate in HUNCH by meeting a set of minimal qualifications and having the capability to complete program requirements. To be a successful program, HUNCH organizers recommend that school faculties include teachers with prior experience in the focus area.

Dade County, Georgia, Middle School HUNCH students KK Castleberry, left, and Meleah Smith show 3D-printed items manufactured using the school’s printer. HUNCH’s goal is to empower and inspire students through a project-based learning program and by providing opportunities to students to play an active role in the space program.

Dade County High School will use a newly acquired, high-end 3D carbon fiber-infused printer to carry out assignments. Dade County Middle School will continue to use its premium 3D printer to produce flight-ready high-temperature ULTEM plastic parts for the space station. ULTEM is semitransparent high-strength plastic material often used in electronic components. Dade County is the only school system in the NASA HUNCH Program to have these two valuable printing capabilities.

“With new partnership horizons and advanced manufacturing technologies, Dade County High School students will have opportunities that exceed many high school-level curriculums and capabilities that are in our program,” said Bob Zeek, HUNCH co-founder and project resource manager at Marshall.

HUNCH started in 2003 with two schools in Alabama and one in Houston. The program has produced more than 1,500 training and flight items for the space station program – representing approximately 30,000 individual parts with 824 assembled components flown to the station.

Image credit: NASA


HUNCH——高中学生联合NASA创建硬件项目——计划将其合作机会扩展到了位于特伦顿的佐治亚州戴德县的学校系统。学生将通过为NASA,国际空间站和未来的深空产品生产超强度碳纤维元件来提高其先进的制造能力。

HUNCH旨在通过基于项目的学习来激励学生。学生有机会参加HUNCH的六个重点领域——设计和原型设计,软件,硬件,缝制的飞行文章,视频和媒体以及烹饪艺术

学校可以通过满足一系列最低资格要求并有能力完成课程要求来参加HUNCH。为了获得项目的成功,HUNCH组织者建议学校教师(包括有经验的教师)优先关注重点领域。

乔治亚州戴德县一所中学的学生KK Castleberry(左)和Meleah Smith展示了用学校打印机打印出来的3D打印产品。HUNCH的目标是通过一个以项目为基础的学习计划,并通过提供机会让学生在太空计划中发挥积极作用,来增强和激励学生。

戴德县中学将使用新购置的高端3D碳纤维打印机来完成作业。德县中学将继续使用其优质3D打印机为空间站生产可用于飞行的高温ULTEM塑料部件。ULTEM是一种半透明的高强度塑料材料,常用于电子元件。戴德县是NASA HUNCH计划中唯一一个拥有这两种有价值的打印能力的学校。

HUNCH联合创始人兼Marshall项目资源经理Bob Zeek表示:“凭借新的合作伙伴视野和先进的制造技术,达德县高中学生将有超过我们课程中许多高中平课程和能力的机会。”

HUNCH成立于2003年,当时阿拉巴马州有两所学校,休斯顿有一所。该项目为空间站项目提供了1500多个训练和飞行项目,大约3万个单独部件,824个组装好的部件被运送到空间站。

图片来源:美国国家航空航天局

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