Tri-County Team Designs Device to Travel into Space

Along with their instructor, three engineering technology students from Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School traveled to Houston, Texas, on April 15–17, 2019, to present a device they designed to NASA engineers and astronauts as part of the HUNCH program.

High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware, or HUNCH, is an innovative, school-based program that partners NASA at Johnson Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center, Langley Research Center, Goddard Space Flight Center, Glenn Research Center, Kennedy Space Center and AMES Research Center with high schools in states across the nation. The partnership involves students fabricating real-world products for NASA as they apply their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) skills as well as learning to collaborate and administer a project in teams and think creatively.

Five juniors Averi Ayre, of North Attleboro, Massachusetts; Katie Dion, of North Attleboro, Massachusetts; Colin Donoghue, of Walpole, Massachusetts; Eric Kugler, of North Attleboro, Massachusetts; and Jacob Lipson, of Franklin, Massachusetts, designed The Tool Pouch, an organized tool storage box that they hope will be used to solve a tool storage problem on the International Space Station. The project has made it to the Final Design and Prototyping Review scheduled at NASA’s Johnson Space Center at Rocket Park in Houston. If selected, their designs will likely be used by NASA astronauts in Space. This is the fourth year Tri-County’s team attended the event.

Tri-County RVTHS, located at 147 Pond Street in Franklin, Massachusetts, is a recipient of the High Schools That Work Gold Achievement Award and serves the communities of Franklin, Medfield, Medway, Millis, Norfolk, North Attleboro, Plainville, Seekonk, Sherborn, Walpole and Wrentham.

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