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Osage Nation partners with METECS to develop a Childrens Book and Mobile AR App

The Osage Nation Language Department has taken a significant step towards preserving their Native American language for future generations with the release of their latest project, “Coyote and the Bear.” The children’s storybook, written in Osage orthography with English translation, has been brought to life with Augmented Reality (AR) functionality, making it an even more engaging and immersive experience for readers of all ages. By scanning the main pages of the book with a smartphone, users can activate custom 3D animations. 

This traditional Wahzhazhe story, retold by Master Language teacher Dr. Herman “Mogri” Lookout, has been circulated for generations. The beautiful and playful illustrations by Osage artist Joe Don Brave add an extra layer of richness to the story, making it a must-read for all Osage Nation members and those interested in Native American folklore. 

Partnering with METECS, the Osage Nation Language Department has also developed a mobile application that coincides with the physical book. Built with scalability in mind, this app will serve as a digital library for future Osage books, further advancing their mission of preserving the Osage language and culture. 

The “Osage Books” app is currently available for download on both the Apple App Store and Google Play. By making this app accessible to everyone, the Osage Nation Language Department hopes to increase interest in the Osage language and culture while making it easier to access their valuable educational resources. 

Overall, “Coyote and the Bear” and the “Osage Books” app represent a significant milestone in the Osage Nation’s efforts to preserve their language and culture for future generations. Through their continued dedication and collaboration with innovative partners like METECS, they are ensuring that their traditions will be passed down and cherished by generations to come. 

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43rd annual JSC FOD Chili Cook-Off

METECS participated once again in the 43rd annual JSC FOD Chili Cook-Off. With automated assistance from our beloved mascot ChiliBot, the team bumped up to 12th place out of 37 in the chili competition, 2nd place in the Cornhole competition, and received praise for being a younger team that is pushing the boundaries on our showmanship abilities. A big thanks to all the Metecs employees that came out to make this happen. We couldn’t have done it without you. And a big thanks to all of our fans that voted for us for people’s choice! We can’t wait for next year! 

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Ditch Witch Simulations Debut at CONEXPO 2023


After months of development, our team is in Las Vegas at CONEXPO-CON/AGG supporting our Littlefield and Ditch Witch Customers.

If you are attending the show, stop by Booth S60207 to check out the Trainin simulators, Metaverse, and a driving experience like none other.

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METECS Collaborates with UHCL ”Serious Games” class

METECS’ graphics and simulation engineers Lindsey Murrell and Nick Davis had the pleasure of contributing to Dr. Trevathan’s Serious Games class at the University of Houston at Clear Lake (UHCL). Nick told us, “It’s really fulfilling to listen to these young student’s questions and share real-world career experiences.” 

Best wishes to Dr. Trevathan and the students at UHCL. 

Learn more about the UHCL Serious Games Program at

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NASA Lunar Terrain Visualization in Unreal Engine 5

Our own Jack Kincaid along with NASA colleague Lee Bingham had the opportunity to speak at Unreal Fest back in October! Check out the article and video of their presentation, “NASA Lunar Terrain Visualization in Unreal Engine 5”.

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Congratulations Robinson bRAiNGERS!

The Robinson Elementary School (@CCISDSTEM) Robotics Club Teams, known as the “Robinson bRAiNGERS”, competed over the weekend in their 2nd @VexRobotics IQ Competition of the season. These students invested many hours into designing, building, programming, and practicing driving their robots. The students were judged based on their scores in the Slapshot 2022-20223 Game (, along with their team interviews and engineering notebooks, which document how they progressed through the engineering design process. 

Both Robinson teams did very well at this competition, especially in the skills challenges.  One of the Robinson teams earned the highest score in the programming skills challenge and was awarded the “Think Award” which “recognizes the most effective and consistent use of coding techniques and programming design solutions to solve the game challenge”. The “Think Award” criteria also includes that the “autonomous programming is consistent and reliable” and the “team clearly explains their programming management process”. 

METECS team member, Angela Reeves, has had the privilege of coaching these bright and talented students this season and METECS sponsored their team shirts. Congratulations Robinson bRAiNGERS!!! 

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Congratulations on a successful Artemis I launch

METECS is so proud to be a contributor to NASA’s Artemis program and part of humanity’s return to the Moon. The beautiful launch this morning reminds us of how much inspiration our human-spaceflight program can bring to the Earth. Congratulations to NASA and also the many contractors and international partners who contributed to this great achievement. (Image credit: NASA/Joel Kowsky) 

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METECS Celebrates Big Milestone on ISS with the Installation of REALM-3

On September 8th, NASA astronaut Jessica Watkins installed the hardware for the 3rd phase of the NASA REALM project known as REALM-3. REALM is a NASA project which serves to demonstrate RFID-based logistics management for human spaceflight. This third phase involves the concept of “smart stowage” and includes an RFID reader and antennas embedded into the stowage rack shown above. 

Congratulations to all of the METECS team members and our civil servant counterparts for this big milestone in the REALM project. 

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METECS Contributions Highlighted in Recent NBC Nightly News Segment

On the August 25th broadcast of NBC Nightly News, there was a segment showing Lester Holt’s recent visit to NASA’s Johnson Space Center to discuss the Artemis Moon program. During the segment you can see a number of simulations of lunar operations that METECS has significantly contributed to.  

Congratulations to the METECS team members who have contributed to these simulations and the facilities that contain them! 

Watch the NBC news segment here:

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Metecs Expansion

METECS is expanding!

Recently METECS acquired additional office space in a suite adjacent to our existing location. In summer of 2022 we began renovations on both suites to merge them into one which will almost double the square footage we had previously. On top of additional office space, we’re excited to announce a new All Hands room! This will be a great space to allow our employees to gather, share ideas, and celebrate progress. 

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