In honor of all the great work that they’ve done over the years working with HUNCH Clear Springs High School was given one of a handful of returned Flight Cargo Transfer Bags HUNCH has produced. Mrs. Melody Toppins has worked with the program since she first started working at Clear Springs. Consistently working on products to train astronauts with they have produced over 50 training items that are now used throughout the Building 9 Mock-up Facility. Last year her class produced some flight materials for use later this year in combination with another HUNCH project. With this we hope to express our gratitude for the work they’ve done and that we hope to continue to work with Mrs. Toppins, Clear Springs High School and the Clear Creek Independent School District on all the many HUNCH projects to come.

This month has seen HUNCH Culinary teams from around the country participate in the Prelim competition for the Culinary Challenge. This years theme is a breakfast item that must meet the NASA Food Lab standards and also be delicious.

Schools Competing this year include

Brewer High School
Eagle Crest
Smokey Hill
Clear Springs
Conroe HS
Council Rock HS
Decatur HS
Dodge County
GVEP Boces
Henderson High School
Hewitt Trussville
Huntsville Center for Technology
Ischool Culinary
Mount Morris HS
NASA Cy Woods
New Horizons
Oakridge HS
Passaic County Technical
Phoebus HS
Poquoson HS
Warren Tech Culinary
Windsor High School


Time lapse video from the competition at the Space & Rocket center in Huntsville AL.

Food Pantry ISS

The HUNCH Double Shelf Food Pantry was installed in the International Space Station. A project started in 2012 now sees its full potential as a combination of our Design and Prototyping teams and Softgoods teams to create a new food stowage solution is fully installed. As the crew goes through their food items it will fill up but pictured here are three Russian food containers. Thanks so much to the Crew for sharing the photos!

Softgoods team: Oak Ridge High School

Design and Prototype team: Clear Creek High School

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Food Pantry ISS

HUNCH Double Food Pantry installed in ISS

Food Pantry ISS

HUNCH Double Food Pantry installed in ISS

HUNCH ORHS Food Pantry

Oak Ridge HUNCH students fabricated the Food Pantry Systems

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Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving! The holiday was also celebrated by the astronaut crew aboard the International Space Station using the HUNCH Galley Table. Designed to extend the table made the perfect place to share a meal with the entire crew! For more information on the Galley Table and the HUNCH Hardware group that built it click here.



International Space Station Facebook Post




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, 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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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:

Out Of This World! Hawthorne High School Student Building Parts For NASA


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



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

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