NASA HONORS CLEAR CREEK HIGH SCHOOL STAFF MEMBERS
League City – The NASA Johnson Space Center recently honored two Clear Creek High School teachers for their work with students in the High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program.
Bill Gibbs and Robin Merritt received an award for the leadership and guidance they’ve provided HUNCH students and for the level of success they’ve achieved in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The teachers were also presented patches flown to the International Space Station on board the space shuttle as part of the STS-116 mission.
Gibbs teaches Machine Metals, and Merritt is a Project Lead the Way Engineering instructor at Clear Creek High School. Through the HUNCH program, NASA employees and Clear Creek High School students design and model equipment for use on board the International Space Station by astronaut crewmembers. NASA provides the raw materials, consumables and documentation, and instructors teach the students the skills needed to design, model, and manufacture NASA equipment.
HUNCH also provides a unique opportunity for students to design and model equipment that will be used to prepare astronauts to go into space. Students learn engineering design and manufacturing and fabricate products with high tech equipment, such as 3D computer aided design graphics, 3D modeling, robotics, and CNC programming and machining.
Stacy Hale, HUNCH program manager, is amazed at the ingenuity exhibited by the students in their spaceflight designs. “Students not only bring in fresh new ideas for design, but they also have a fresh new look on life and an inspiration for being on the NASA team.” HUNCH students have been given the opportunity to design hardware such as a zero gravity stowage rack, a gas analyzer, and a table for eating with suction for catching food particles.