PCTI Students Design Hardware and Prototypes for NASA Astronauts at the International Space Station!

Students at Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) are making prototypes that are out of this world! The school recently hosted the NASA Hunch Critical Design Review and Prototyping Challenge, which encourages students to develop innovative solutions to problems encountered by astronauts at the International Space Station (ISS). The partnership between NASA Hunch and PCTI has been an educationally enriching program for students for the past four years.

At this exciting event, students from PCTI’s School of Applied Engineering competed against student teams from five other schools (Glenelg High School, Frisch School, Council Rock High School South, County College of Morris and Tri-County RVT High School). PCTI’s team developed prototypes for Lunar Wheels and Lunar Tongs to meet the rigorous NASA requirements. The winning team will be announced in the upcoming months and will be invited to the final review, which will take place in Houston, Texas in April.

Additionally, students from PCTI’s Manufacturing Technology program also reached for the stars at the event as they displayed flight hardware which they manufactured for the ISS. Via PCTI’s established association with NASA Hunch for the past several years, students from the Manufacturing Technology program have successfully contracted with NASA to manufacture flight hardware for stowage lockers used to house experiments on-board the ISS.

Manufacturing Technology students Kendrick Rivas Dominguez (Paterson), Mia Charlenne Patricio (Passaic) and Michael Gorny (Ringwood) showcase their work