Footpads Being tested on the ISS

HUNCH designed Footpads are currently being tested on the International Space Station!

Designed to help the astronauts when moving around the Space Station, the Pads protect the tops of their feet when they hook them under a Handrail. Normally they only have a sock to cover up now with the HUNCH Footpads they’ll have plenty of protection.




Schools Involved

James Madison High School- Texas

Conroe High School- Texas

Clear Springs High School- Texas

Warren Tech- Colorado
Eagle Crest- Colorado
Platteville High School- Wisconsin
iSchool- Texas
Loral High School- Montana
Fairport High School- New York

Bill Gibbs visits ONBOCES with Single Stowage Locker that will be sent to the International Space Station

Bill Gibbs, one of the first HUNCH teachers brought around the Single Stowage Lockers for students and teachers to sign at Orleans Niagara BOCES’s manufacturing class of Mr. Rakonczay.   The students are making  hardware for the locker that will go to the International Space Station.  Channel 4 news was there to report on the event.

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IVA Handrails Assembled

With months of work across many different schools, final assembly of the IVA Handrails is coming together. Intra-Vehical Handrails are used across the International Space Station as hand or foot holds as well as anchoring points for the astronauts while they work. These specific handrails are designed so that they can be attached easily to the seat track on racks and other structures around the International Space Station. Students are machining highly detailed parts from raw materials to NASA’s high quality standards.

Tweeted out by the ISS Research Twitter:


Schools Involved

Billings Carrier Center- Montana

Capital High School- Montana

Cypress Woods High School- Texas

Clear Creek High School- Texas

Hawthorne High School- California

Passaic County Technical Institute- New Jersey

Mt. Washington Valley Career & Tech Institute- New Hampshire

Wheeling High School- Illinois



2017-2018 Video Challenge

The 2017-2018 Video Challenge is ready to be launched.  Here is all the information you will need to get started.

Their are 2 categories this year which are as follows:

  1. Best overall video communicating the efforts and accomplishments of the HUNCH Program
  2. Best video for informing young people about science accomplished on the International Space Station

All HUNCH schools’ video or media classes are encouraged to participate.

HUNCH Video Challenge 2017-2018 PowerPoint

Hunch Video Challenge Submission Rules