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Debbie V. Nguyen
Johnson Space Center, Houston
Houston High Schoolers Create Astronaut Training Tools
Houston area high school students will present to NASA training equipment they built for International Space Station astronauts in a 10 a.m. Monday, May 2, ceremony at Clear Creek High School.

Media are invited. The ceremony will be in the high school's auditorium, 2305 East Main St. in League City. Media planning to attend should contact the Clear Creek Independent School District Office of Public Information, 281/338-5803, no later than 9 a.m. May 2.

The student-built equipment has been constructed under a unique program offered by NASA to high school students across the nation called High school students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH). The partnership gives students hands-on experience designing and constructing training hardware for Station and provides NASA a significant reduction in the cost of the training gear.

The students' products include replicas of Station audio terminal units, panels aboard the Station that control communications among parts of the spacecraft and with Earth. Other hardware fashioned by the students includes Station stowage lockers, medicine cabinets and caution and warning panels that alert the crew of abnormal conditions.

Last year, the program began with one Texas school and two Alabama schools. This year, it has grown to include a school in Montana, two schools in Alabama and seven schools from the Houston area in four districts: Clear Creek, Cypress-Fairbanks, Houston and Pasadena.

Guest speakers include HUNCH Project Manager Stacy Hale, NASA’s Chief Education Officer Dr. Adena Williams Loston and Texas Commissioner of Education Dr. Shirley Neeley. Following the ceremony, students will be available to talk about their work on display at a reception.

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