The students in Bill Rakonczay's Advanced Manufacturing and Engineering Program had a celebration on May 11th at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center. They were celebrating their sixth year of being part of the NASA High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program. Eighty-two people were at the ceremony to celebrate the classes' achievement.
HUNCH is a partnership with schools that allows NASA to receive cost-effective hardware while students receive real-world hands-on experiences and inspiration to become the next generation of researchers and space explorers. The students in Mr. Rakonczay’s class have been making locker latches that will be sent to the International Space Station.
To commemorate their work on the project, earlier this year students signed locker doors that will be traveling to space. "I am very proud of my students," says Mr. Rakonczay "and I want to thank the parents and other guests that came out Saturday to show their support. I also want to thank my teacher assistant Debbie Jackson and our Principal Dr. Michael Weyrauch for making all of this possible."