Platt Tech high school students to build products for NASA

(WTNH)–NASA is teaming up with high schools across the country to give students the tools to create hardware that is used in space. Platt Technical High School in Milford is now part of the program and students can proudly say they work for NASA.

Among the students who participated in the training, three young women who have embraced the challenge.

“It’s a lot more males than girls but we’re starting to take up and step our way in there so it’s nice,” said Jessica Liscinsky, a Platt senior.

“We came in here and nobody really knew what manufacturing was but once we started learning the processes and the machines I just like took to it,” said Elizabeth Petroski, also a senior.

Jessica and Elizabeth are in Platt’s Precision Machining Manufacturing Program. Brianne McCrystal is working in Computer Aided Drafting and Design.

Earlier this year department head David Tuttle started talks with NASA to bring the HUNCH program to Platt. HUNCH stands for High Schools United with NASA to Create Hardware.

“It’s a perfect hands-on, real world example of what it’s like to work in this industry and especially in Connecticut,” said Tuttle.

Their assignment is to build storage lockers and pin kits that will be used on-board the International Space Station. NASA employess came to the school to teach, train and certify the students to be product inspectors and materials to build the products are being shipped to the school now.

“It’s a really big responsibility. It’s pretty nerve wracking that I’m gonna be making something that’s going up into space and that people are actually gonna be using,” said Jessica.

“A little star struck. It’s like, oh wow, this is happening to me. I started off this small town girl coming from a town half an hour away, knowing nobody, and now here I am four years later working for NASA,” said Brianne.

 

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