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High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) is an educational initiative giving High School students the opportunity to create hardware with NASA’s aid. Students receive valuable experience creating goods for NASA, specifically hardware, while NASA receives the creativity of the high school students.


Since 2010, the Drafting & Design Technology Department has participated in NASA's HUNCH Initiative. High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware is a once in a lifetime opportunity for students. The program challenges students to design parts requested by NASA and subsequently provide 3D models of the hardware for NASA to use when training astronauts for the International Space Station. Students use SolidEdge software and 3D printing to complete prototypes of requested parts. They also collaborate periodically with their mentor, Mr. Robert Zeek, co-founder of HUNCH, to confirm design quality through classroom visits, or via Skype or Zoom.  


Beau Chene HUNCH Teams have presented projects and network with NASA personnel at John C. Stennis Space Center, Marshall Space Flight Center and Johnson Space Center. 

Additional presentations include:

  • Infinity Science Center

  • The Naval Aviation Museum, Pensacola Florida

  • Keystone Engineering, Metairie, La.

  • NASA Day- Louisiana State Capital

  • UL Lafayette Engineering Day

  • St. Landry Parish School Board Meetings

  • St. Landry Parish Career and Technical Education’s Annual Tailgate

  • Opelousas Sunrise Rotary Club

  • Louisiana Art and Science Museum, Baton Rouge-STEM/Engineering Day


 Your donations assist with covering travel costs for the students to attend the event.


Our program has earned a grant to begin building robots and competing on a local, state, and national level. Students team up with Physics classes to put to practice the theories they learn in the classroom.


     Beth B. Fontenot

     Planning Period. Monday-Friday

     2nd Period. 8:26 AM - 9:21 AM


     Main Office Phone: 337-662-5815

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