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NASA Calls on Garry Middle Schoolers' Expertise

SPOKANE, Wash. - In a KHQ exclusive, we found out NASA headquarters in Houston, Texas is calling on a group of Garry Middle School students to help them with a very special assignment. The group of 5 kids and their teacher worked for months to build a special tool that NASA astronauts will use inside of a their simulator, so they have a real environment to train on. "It's pretty exciting knowing that NASA will use our work," said 7th Grader Jacob Chassereau.


Garry Middle School Industrial Craft Teacher Michael DeGreef is the one who brought the project to his kids. We're told DeGreef's brother works for NASA and came to him with the idea of having different schools nationwide help out with their simulator.

DeGreef says NASA asked several universities and high schools in Texas to help them build some of their parts, but wound up choosing Garry Middle School over all of the rest to build their Positive Pressure Relief Valve. Since that day, the group of 7th graders have been working non-stop to finish the project.

"It feels good being recognized by so many people," said 7th grader Kyle Wilkins. "The plans were confusing and we spent along time trying to figure out all of the dimensions, but the hard work is so worth it."


DeGreef says NASA essentially sent them the blueprint with calculations, but it was up to the kids to physically build the valve in their wood shop. They plan to send off the valve to Houston sometime this week and are already gearing up to build their next project for NASA: a special air filter to fit inside of their simulator.

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