Oak Ridge High School students pattern load bags, recipes to boat to NASA astronauts

April 13, 2016 - storage organizer

  • Oak Ridge High School culinary group members Camille Watt, left, Dustin Burkhart and Weston Duke work on their recipe for falafel during a use session. The students will contest in a Johnson Space Center Food Culinary Challenge on Apr 21. Photo: Jerry Baker, Freelance

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A picture of Falafel cools as Oak Ridge High School culinary humanities group members Weston Duke, 17, from left, a junior, Camille Watt, 18, a senior, and youth Dustin Burkhart, 16, finishing cooking their recipe during a use event in a school’s Culinary Arts kitchen on Apr 11, 2016. (Photo by Jerry Baker/Freelance) less


Photo: Jerry Baker, Freelance

Oak Ridge High School culinary humanities clergyman Lilia Pellicano, from left, watches as her team, including Weston Duke, 17, a junior, Camille Watt, 18, a senior, and youth Dustin Burkhart, 16, work on their recipe for Falafel during a use event in a school’s Culinary Arts kitchen on Apr 11, 2016. (Photo by Jerry Baker/Freelance) less
Oak Ridge High School culinary humanities clergyman Lilia Pellicano, from left, watches as her team, including Weston Duke, 17, a junior, Camille Watt, 18, a senior, and youth Dustin Burkhart, 16, work on their recipe … more

Photo: Jerry Baker, Freelance

Oak Ridge High School culinary group members Weston Duke, 17, from left, a junior, Camille Watt, 18, a senior, and youth Dustin Burkhart, 16, work on their recipe for Falafel during a use event in a school’s Culinary Arts kitchen on Apr 11, 2016. (Photo by Jerry Baker/Freelance) less


Photo: Jerry Baker, Freelance


Astronauts have a repute for being during a slicing corner of tellurian comprehension and pulling earthy limitations. In space, all apparatus has to be done according to a many severe standards to withstand impassioned temperatures, microgravity and radiation.

To serve pull a pouch of innovation, NASA has teamed adult with Oak Ridge High School to emanate bland products for astronauts.


The partnership is by a HUNCH – High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware – program.

At Oak Ridge High School, students in Darlene Parson’s conform pattern classes have sewn some-more than 100 load send bags for astronauts to lift essential personal items, pantries, cases for ammonia filter cartridges and even sleeping bags.

“I consider we had on my website during one time, ‘What happens to your work after your clergyman grades it?’ In conform design, we boat it to a International Space Station,” Parsons said. “It’s ownership.”

Because of a impassioned sourroundings of space, customarily specialized fabrics make a cut. Students square together and stich Gore-Tex and Nomex fabrics, that can cost upwards of $10,000 a roll. The glue of choice in all of this – Velcro.

“There is Velcro everywhere,” Parsons said. “Things would boyant away, so there’s lots of Velcro.”

Oak Ridge High School has been concerned in a NASA module given Parsons instituted a partnership 6 years ago. During that time, students have seen several of their creations make it to a International Space Station. This year, a sewn cupboard and a CQ organizer, that looks like a bag that opens adult with several pockets and compartments, is approaching to locate a moody to a International Space Station on Space X Flight 10, a NASA resupply goal launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Although Parsons’ conform pattern classes have had a longest using partnership with NASA during Oak Ridge High, other stability and technical preparation teachers during a campus have come on house in new years.

Lilia Pellicano, a family and consumer scholarship clergyman during Oak Ridge High, teaches culinary humanities and grill government to teenagers looking for a career trail into hospitality. The couple between culinary humanities and aeronautics competence not be immediately apparent. They need to eat too.

But food in space – where uninformed vegetables and fruits aren’t straightforwardly accessible – mostly takes a form of freeze-dried, dehydrated, powdered or semi-liquid substances finished in aluminum tubes. Eating in microgravity also means flitting on a bread – solely for tortillas – to equivocate crumbs from floating into apparatus and fouling machinery. Crystallized salt isn’t authorised either.

“It’s one of those daily life things that people do not consider about until they have to. They can’t hurl down a window and go to McDonald’s. They can’t get Domino’s to deliver. They have to take all their food with them,” Pellicano said. “They (the students) have to do a science.”

Pellicano worked with her culinary humanities students to rise one vegetarian plate that met NASA’s dietary restrictions of 300 to 500 calories, of that no some-more than 30 percent can come from fat. No some-more than 300 milligrams of sodium. No some-more than 8 grams of sugar. At slightest 3 grams of fiber, and, don’t forget, a food contingency routine good for use in microgravity. That meant it has to be means to de- and re-hydrate or be freeze-dried for space flight.

“That’s a cold thing about NASA and this program. It’s giving a students a event to realize, to demeanour and see that scholarship is genuine life. Science is daily life. we customarily tell my kids that nutritive wellness or culinary humanities might not be rocket science, though it creates a rocket scientist’s life easier if you’re well-nourished,” Pellicano said.

The culinary students went with falafels. After putting together a paper on a scholarship of their dish, formulating a video and portion a falafels, no bread included, to NASA astronauts in February, a Oak Ridge High students were comparison for a final proviso in a annual Johnson Space Center Food Culinary Challenge on Apr 21.

Lastly, Jeff Marcinkowski leads his animation students to emanate three-dimensional mechanism renderings of hardware, like doorway handles, molds for pieces and parts, and hinges to be recreated on a 3-D printer. The prototypes are afterwards submitted to NASA engineers for feedback.

“It’s authentic learning. They get to quantify what they do in math class, what they do in scholarship and physics, and see in genuine life how it applies,” Marcinkowski said. “The kids get to collect a projects that they want. There isn’t a step-by-step process. … It’s anomalous thinking, open-ended. There aren’t answers in a behind of a book.”

Creating recipes, collection and storage for astronauts is some-more than only a approach to uncover off to friends and family, nonetheless that’s a partial of it too. Participating in a module is a outrageous resume upholder for students and also a approach to rise real-world skills by technical education.

“People have an superannuated perspective of (career and technical education). That picture still exists and it’s unfortunate. We’re perplexing to denounce that aged picture of vocational preparation and assistance relatives and students know we’re going to give them a severe education,” pronounced Gregory Shipp, a CTE coordinator for CISD.

The module is also a good recruitment apparatus for teachers and administrators looking to accelerate Oak Ridge High’s reputation.

“It’s a approach to brand and partisan students they wish to move on house as an operative or product developer,” Shipp said.

Conroe High School also participates in a program. The Woodlands, College Park and Caney Creek High Schools are now not concerned in a program, that is active in 25 states and Canada.

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