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BOCES students in machine technology partner with NASA

Posted 11 October 2016 at 1:56 pm
Provided photo by Orleans/Niagara BOCES: These students are stowage lockers for the International Space Station. Pictured in front row, from left: Brooke Moreland (Roy-Hart), Elizabeth Oliver (Roy-Hart), Brianna Peterson (Roy-Hart), Austin Cox (Medina), Brett Potter (Barker) and Austin Streams (Roy-Hart).  Middle Row: Amanda Phelps (NASA), Tyler Choate (Roy-Hart), Rhett Jones (Barker), Hunter McAvoy (Barker), Kodey Hayes (Roy-Hart), Nancy Hall (NASA) and James Wagner (NASA).  Back Row: John Reed (Lockport), Tyler Andrews (Roy-Hart), Ethan Kujawa (Medina), Bryan Bale (Medina) and Jason Stanton (Albion). 

Provided photo by Orleans/Niagara BOCES: These students are stowage lockers for the International Space Station. Pictured in front row, from left: Brooke Moreland (Roy-Hart), Elizabeth Oliver (Roy-Hart), Brianna Peterson (Roy-Hart), Austin Cox (Medina), Brett Potter (Barker) and Austin Streams (Roy-Hart).  Middle Row: Amanda Phelps (NASA), Tyler Choate (Roy-Hart), Rhett Jones (Barker), Hunter McAvoy (Barker), Kodey Hayes (Roy-Hart), Nancy Hall (NASA) and James Wagner (NASA).  Back Row: John Reed (Lockport), Tyler Andrews (Roy-Hart), Ethan Kujawa (Medina), Bryan Bale (Medina) and Jason Stanton (Albion).

Press Release, Orleans/Niagara BOCES

MEDINA – As the students in Bill Rakonczay’s Precision Machine Technology Program start off their school year, they are also re-establishing their participation with the NASA HUNCH Program.

The students welcomed the NASA instructors to the Orleans/Niagara BOCES’ Orleans Career and Technical Education Center. Students talked about the opportunity they have for making stowage lockers for the International Space Station.  This is the fourth year that the class has participated in the program.

The NASA HUNCH (High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware) Program is an educational initiative that gives students an opportunity to create hardware with NASA’s aid that allows them to gain valuable experience by creating projects that may be used in NASA systems and onboard the International Space Station.

“This is an amazing opportunity for my students,” says Mr. Rakonczay.  “The NASA instructors are great with the students and the students love the fact that they are making something that will go into space. How many students in high school get to create real world parts that will be used in space? It is something they can use on college applications or their resumes and gives them a real sense of pride in their work.”

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