Motivation and Training

Charting new pathways with motivation and training

Creativity and engagement are fueled by partnerships, including the SME PRIME® partnership with NASA and its acclaimed HUNCH (High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware) program. Introduced in 2017, the partnership provides SME PRIME students with the opportunity to build hardware for astronaut flight training and work on real-world design solutions to improve the quality of life aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Participation in HUNCH projects inspires students to examine manufacturing and technical career pathways.

The partnership between HUNCH and PRIME has a natural synergy. Both organizations have student programs that provide students with relevant hands-on experience using current industry equipment and technologies. This promotes advanced manufacturing and STEM education, as well as engineering and technology careers.

How NASA’s Hunch program inspires, prepares and supports students

NASA’s HUNCH program provides students with a real-world, project-based learning opportunity in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). HUNCH students from more than 100 high schools across the United States create hardware for use in both space flight and training applications.

This 14-year-old program also includes designs and prototypes, soft goods, software development and communication products. There’s even a culinary component in which students compete to have their food product flown to the International Space Station (ISS) for crew consumption.

To date, students participating in the HUNCH program have designed and/or manufactured more than 160 items for use on the ISS. Additionally, HUNCH has commenced work with other ongoing NASA programs on projects supporting the future of long-duration missions. Of the more than 20,000 students who have participated in the program, approximately 94% have pursued undergraduate degrees following high school graduation.

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