Culinary Challenge Winner 2018
The 2018 HUNCH Culinary Challenge featured breakfast entrees. The top 10 teams were chosen from over 30 competitors from across the country and came to Space Center Houston for the Final Challenge. The 10 teams were from Texas, Alabama, Colorado, New York, New Jersey, Virginia, and Georgia. The panels of judges included astronaut Stephen Bowen, International Space Station Program Managers, Johnson Food Lab Scientists, Space Center Houston CEO, HUNCH representatives, and a local Executive Chef of Café Annie Robert Del Grande. The HUNCH Culinary Challenge not only judges on the quality and nutritional requirements of the food prepared, but also at the Technical paper written about Food Science and Processing food for the microgravity environment, and a 2 minute video explaining their food program. This year’s winner was from Decatur High school in Alabama, and was an Orange Blackberry Croissant Casserole. The entrees prepared had to include a lot of flavor due to the astronauts sense of taste diminishes while in the Space Environment. Comments from this year’s judges about this dish were, “The Citrus and Blackberry just made the dish “pop”. “ Decadent for such a healthy option.”
Video & Media Challenge Winners
Announcing our winners for the HUNCH Video and Media Challenge! The NASA Experiment gives an overview of the experiments that are performed on the International Space Station and the HUNCH Mission Statement helps to show the full extent of what HUNCH students can do. Congratulations to both of these schools!
HUNCH had our Johnson Space Center Recognition Ceremony this weekend to showcase the students from the local areas achievements this year. Bringing together all of the groups from Design and Prototyping, who just had their Final Design review, Softgoods build to print, Hardware manufacturing, the Culinary Challenge, as well as our Video and Media Challenge. With everyone together you can see the true scope of what HUNCH has to offer. We’re so thankful to everyone who could make it out and we hope to see you next year if you’re continuing with HUNCH!
Over the weekend Houston-area students from all 5 #NASAHUNCH programs — Design & Prototype, Softgoods, Hardware, Video, & Culinary — came together at @NASA_Johnson to celebrate the students’ accomplishments. For more photos or to learn about HUNCH, visit: https://t.co/EMy3zCWhDP pic.twitter.com/7gR5ooETkm
— NASA STEM Engagement (@NASASTEM) April 30, 2018
Over the weekend Houston-area students from all 5 #NASAHUNCH programs — Design & Prototype, Softgoods, Hardware, Video,…
Congratulations to the teams who competed in the Final Culinary Challenge! The ten teams from across the country came together for the Challenge at Space Center Houston this morning and presented their breakfast items to a panel of judges including Food Lab personnel, HUNCH team members, Johnson Space Center team managers, guest judge Robert Del Grande of Cafe Annie, and Astronaut Stephen Bowen. Twenty judges taste tested the samples the students prepared using the Johnson Space Center food labs own criteria sheets covering taste, aroma, and appearance.
In addition to the food itself the teams prepared a paper for the Food Lab detailing the dishes nutritional value and their own research into food preservation so that they could give a recommendation on how they’d like it to be served on orbit. The third criteria for entry is a video essay describing their journey in working on their unique creations. HUNCH mentors will be reviewing all of these things when judging the success of the dishes and in choosing a winner to be sent to the Johnson Space Center Food Lab.
The winner will be announced soon, so stay tuned!
Congrats to the 10 #NASAHUNCH teams who competed in the Final Culinary Challenge at @SpaceCenterHou! Recipes were judged on taste, aroma, & appearance. Stay tuned next week to find out which recipe will be produced & sent to the @Space_Station! Details: https://t.co/yKOLF5xNXD pic.twitter.com/18LtO2dBU9
— NASA STEM Engagement (@NASASTEM) April 27, 2018
HUNCH Final Design Review is complete! A huge thanks goes out to all the students who were able to attend and show the best that the Design and Prototype groups have to offer. Another huge thanks goes out to everyone who was able to stop by and give feedback to the students, it was great to see you and we hope to see you again next year! We saw a wide variety of projects ranging from software design to hardware and welding. One day soon we’ll see some of these projects make it up to the International Space Station!
Teams at Austin High School and Albert P. Brewer High School in Alabama completed work on the Rack Stands for the International Space Station Mock up facility at Johnson Space Center.
The stands help in training astronauts as well as assisting engineers when working on the different racks that compose the Space Station. Each different rack serves a different function from life support to ground breaking scientific research. Here on the ground it is much harder to move the racks to make repairs or to study how they work so the stands serve as a base for easy maneuvering in the mock up.
Working with HUNCH Mentors Robert Zeek, Bill Gibson and Glenn Johnson the students at Austin High School developed the mounting equipment for the welding as well as machining the carbon and stainless steel brackets. The final welding assembly was completed at Brewer High School then they will be painted in the at the Collision Repair Shop in Brewer High School before a final inspection. The project then moved to Brewer High School where the frames were welded together by the students and their teacher Brandon Jarrett who was one of the early HUNCH students back in 2003.
This great team effort brings together not only different schools but different disciplines from across the engineering and fabrication spectrum and we are very proud of the students efforts!
Cypress Woods High School and Clear Creek High School completed two of three Glove Box Freezers for the Life Science Glove Box (LSG) and the Micro gravity Science Glove Box (MSG). A mixture of 3-D Modeling, 3-D Printing and Hardware Assembly between both schools see’s this first product made. The Freezers integrate with the Glove Boxes so that the astronauts on board the International Space Station who need to freeze samples from experiments can do so quickly before removing the samples from the Glove Box. These will be used in many different centers across the country including AMES Research center in California, Marshal Space Flight Center in Alabama, and Johnson Space Center in Texas.
Mt. Morris High School Students who were selected to be a part of our Final Culinary Challenge hosted at Space Center Houston we’re featured by a local news outlet! Congratulations!
HUNCH just completed our nation wide Critical Design Reviews! Congratulations to all who participated and thank you for sharing your great ideas with us! We had a spectacular turn out with schools across the country showing their engineering skills in a wide variety of projects covering everything from updated tool kits to low airflow trash bags and several software programs aimed to make life on board the International Space Station easier for the crews. Schools presented their projects at various NASA Research Facilities for review from not only the HUNCH mentors but also industry personnel from a wide variety of companies. Thanks so much to everyone who participated! We will have our Final Design Review at Johnson Space Center on April 25.
Schools who participated
Poquoson High School
York High School
Grafton High School
North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics
Tri-County Regional Vocational H.S.
Glenelg High School
Passaic County Technical Institute
County College of Morris
Council Rock South
Warren Tech North