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Posted Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

NASA Officials Celebrate with High School Students at CCM

CCM and Morris School of Technology: Student-Built Locker Headed to Space on Feb. 15

Darlene Zieba of Morris Knolls High School High and other students from the NASA HUNCH program at CCM sign a recently completed stowage locker for the International Space Station
Credit: John Hester

First HUNCH Stowage Locker Heads to the International Space Station

Morris County School of Technology shared-time students taking part in the Engineering Design and Advanced Manufacturing (EDAM) program at County College of Morris are now proud National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) affiliates who worked on parts for a stowage locker that will be sent to the International Space Station aboard SpaceX-10 on Feb. 15.

The high school students are participants in the High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware or HUNCH Program to create parts for the International Space Station.

To celebrate the upcoming delivery of the stowage locker and its planned launch into space, the students received a visit at CCM on Tuesday (Jan. 31) by Dr. Florence Gold, HUNCH implementation project manager; Stacy Hale, HUNCH founder; and Blake Ratcliff, HUNCH program manager, who congratulated the inaugural class of HUNCH CCM students.

“We are extremely proud of these students who have shown remarkable ability, and who are obviously future science and business leaders of our state and nation,” said Morris County Freeholder Hank Lyon, who is the county governing board’s liaison to CCM and MCTS.

CCM and Morris School of Technology: Student-Built Locker Headed to Space on Feb. 15

Anthony J. Iacono, CCM President, adds his signature to a recently completed stowage locker for NASA’s Intern

The students were tasked with fabricating metal sleeves and nuts for a stowage locker for the space station. The locker scheduled to be sent to the space station this month will provide a safe and secure housing for hardware required for plant studies.

“The biggest benefit of being a part of this program is that, not only do the students get to apply what they learn in the classroom and see their work come to fruition, they get to be a part of technological history,” said Tom Roskop, assistant professor of engineering technologies at CCM, who has been teaching the students and overseeing their work through various stages of machining and finishing.

EDAM is a share-time program developed by the Morris County Vocational School District in partnership with CCM. Twenty three high school students from across Morris County are enrolled in the current class, whose members signed another recently completed stowage locker as part of Tuesday’s celebration.

CCM and Morris School of Technology: Student-Built Locker Headed to Space on Feb. 15

(l-r): Eric Pederson, CCM lab assistant for engineering programs; Tom Roskop, assistant professor, engineering technologies; Blake Ratcliff, Stacy Hale, and Florence Gold of the NASA HUNCH project at CCM.

“This is a fantastic opportunity for high school students like us,” said Alfonso Carandang of Mount Olive High School. “The exposure we receive through this program at CCM will serve as great preparation for college and beyond.”

“Building products for NASA will open up a window of opportunities and help me meet my educational goals,” added Erin Foody of Morris Hills High School.

The EDAM program is designed for students with an interest in engineering, computer applications and manufacturing. Upon completion of the two-year program, students earn 32 credits from CCM and a Certificate of Achievement in Mechanical Computer Aided Drafting and Engineering Technology.

Students may then enroll in CCM’s engineering technology program for one additional year to earn their associate in applied science degree, apply to a four-year college or university, or pursue workforce placement.

For additional information on the EDAM program, call the Morris County School of Technology at 973-627-4600 ext. 277. For more information on the engineering programs at CCM, visit          

Photo Credits: John Hester