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Breckinridge County ATC HUNCH Program
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017
HUNCH program students and community support
HUNCH program students and community support
Machine Tool Students working with NASA


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Breckinridge County ATC High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware

In the summer of 2014, the Computerized Manufacturing and Machining (CMM) program at the Breckinridge County Area Technology Center (BCATC) teamed with the High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program.

The selection of BCATC is because of their successes in the SkillsUSA competitions. During the previous five years, CMM had ten students place 1st at state competitions, four national medalists and several top ten finishes at national competitions. The caliber of work the students showed in competitions is why NASA formulated a partnership with BCATC. HUNCH and the CMM program worked together to create training replicas of equipment found on the international space station. (ISS)  For two years, BCATC produced various components from quick disconnect fittings to redesigning rack standoff assemblies for mock ups and ground training activities.

Fast forward to 2016, the CMM program produced a prototype filtration system that met the dimensional and quality assurance standards to achieve a flight status ranking.  Throughout 2017, the students have worked closely with NASA personnel in the design, approval, and fabrication of the air filtration system. Twenty-four parts will create improvements to the lint catching filters on the ISS crew quarters. These enhancements will save astronauts approximately two hours per month in cleaning the current system. Hardware delivery to the ISS is scheduled for October or November of 2017.

Students from BCATC are the only in the state of Kentucky to participate in the HUNCH program. These students have earned priceless experience to include on their resume, real life experiences by working with engineers to solve issues, and can take pride in knowing they have created something that will be on the International Space Station.  All students who participate in flight hardware builds sign their names to HUNCH built hardware and have their names flown in space. 

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