In the fall of 2014, a bunch of smart kids are going to Texas later this month to work with NASA. In the Fall of 2014 NASA selected Wapato High School to participate in its HUNCH program. HUNCH stands for High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware.  The “hardware” students in the high school’s Robotics and Engineering Club have been working on for more than three years is a way to keep fruit (apples) fresh for a longer period of time when it is sent into space for consumption by astronauts on board the International Space Station (ISS).
As a result of their research Wapato High School’s Robotics and Engineering Club (W-REC) has been invited to the Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston to present their NASA HUNCH Design & Prototyping project: “Apples in Space.” Their project is one of 75 out of 300 projects nationwide that was invited to the Space Center to showcase what they have discovered thus far in their research and development. The students will give their presentation in Texas on Wednesday, April 25.

The Robotics and Engineering Club adviser, Chris Beyrouty, says the exciting thing about this project is that the students are working to solve a real world problem for the space program.

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Nearly four years ago the Wapato students were the first ones in NASA HUNCH program to propose the idea of keeping fruits and vegetables fresh for a longer period of time in space.  Now the problem is on NASA HUNCH’s Design & Prototyping problem list and Wapato students have been described as leaders in this type of research.