News and Events
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NC Middle School Student Experiment on Space Shuttle Flight - 01 Dec 2010
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, in partnership with NanoRacks LLC, is very proud to present the 16 student spaceflight experiments selected to fly aboard STS-134, the final flight of Shuttle Endeavour. 20,000 grade 5 through 12 students across America, in 16 communities, were given the opportunity to participate in the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program. Students from Mendenhall Middle School in Guilford County, NC have a Brine Shrimp Development experiment that has been selected for the flight.
NC Space Grant now accepting scholarship/fellowship applications from students - 16 Nov 2010
The North Carolina Space Grant is now accepting scholarship and fellowship applications from students who attend our member institutions. Please visit our website for more information. Applications are due Feb 25, 2011.
NASA Kids in Micro-g Challenges Students to Design an Experiment for the International Space Station - 04 Nov 2010
NASA Kids in Micro-g is a student experiment design challenge geared toward grades 5-8. Its purpose is to give students a hands-on opportunity to design an experiment or simple demonstration that could be performed both in the classroom and by astronaut crews aboard the International Space Station. The national winner and five runners-up will have their experiments conducted by the astronauts aboard the International Space Station in the March-May 2011 time frame. Deadline for proposals is Dec. 8, 2010. Details here.
NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) Program - 02 Nov 2010
NASA announces a call for graduate fellowship proposals to the NASA Earth and Space Science Fellowship (NESSF) program for the 2011-2012 academic year. This call solicits applications from accredited U.S. universities on behalf of individuals pursuing Master of Science and Doctoral degrees in Earth and space sciences, or related disciplines. Awards resulting from the competitive selection will be made in the form of training grants to the respective universities. The deadline for NEW applications is February 1, 2011, and the deadline for RENEWAL applications is March 15, 2011.
NASA grant to keep N.C.'s aerospace industry booming - 21 Oct 2010
North Carolina teachers will be able to gain hands-on experience with aerospace researchers over the next two years thanks to a $400,000 NASA grant recently awarded to the North Carolina Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education Center (SMT Center).
This collaborative effort between the SMT Center, Kenan Fellows Program, N.C. Aerospace Initiative, and the N.C. Space Grant will partner 20 teachers with aerospace scientists to gain hands-on experience in aerospace research. From the experience, teachers will develop classroom lessons that incorporate aerospace science and aeronautics. Details here.
NASA wants student innovators for 2011 Great Moonbuggy Race - 15 Oct 2010
Four decades after the first NASA lunar rover rolled across the surface of the moon, innovative students are preparing to design and build a new generation of wheeled wonders. Registration is open for the 18th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race, set for April 1-2, 2011, in Huntsville, Ala. Participating schools and institutions may register one or two vehicles and teams. Registration closes Feb. 1. Complete rules, vehicle design parameters and registration for the race are available here.
2011 ESMD Space Grant Systems Engineering Paper Competition - 15 Oct 2010
NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) Space Grant Project invites U.S. College and University teams to submit a paper on a project related to one of the ESMD areas; Spacecraft, Propulsion, Lunar and Planetary Surface Systems or Grounds Operations, using a systems engineering approach. The purpose of the ESMD Systems Engineering Paper Competition is to train and develop the highly skilled scientific, engineering, and technical workforce of the future needed to implement the U.S. Space Exploration Policy. Registration deadline is March 7, 2011. Details here. NASA Accepting Applications for Aeronautics Scholarships - 10 Sep 2010
NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate is accepting scholarship applications for the 2011 academic year. The application deadline is Jan. 17, 2011.
NASA expects to award 20 undergraduate and 5 graduate scholarships to students in aeronautics or related fields. Undergraduates entering their second year of study will receive up to $15,000 per year for two years, with an opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend by interning at a NASA research center during the summer. Graduate students will receive up to $35,000 per year for up to three years, with an opportunity to receive a $10,000 stipend interning at a NASA research center for up to two consecutive summers.
For details, including how to apply, visit this link.
The Final Frontier - A discussion about space history and exploration - 27 Aug 2010
Several panelists recently spoke about space history and the challenges of space exploration with Host Frank Stasio of WUNC-FM's The State of Things. Dan Reichart, associate professor of astrophysics at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill; Marc Lange, Bowman and Gordon Gray Professor of Philosophy at UNC Chapel Hill; Chris Brown, Director of the North Carolina Space Grant Consortium; Todd Boyette, Director of Morehead Planetarium and science fiction writer David Drake joined in a discussion of the wonders of the universe on a program entitled The Final Frontier.
FAA Design Competition - 25 Aug 2010
The FAA is offering a Design Competition for Universities for the 2010-2011 academic year. The categories of Airport Operations and Maintenance, Runway Safety/Runway Incursions, Airport Environmental Interactions and Airport Management and Planning embrace many engineering, science, information technology, psychology and management disciplines. The Competition is open to individual and student teams at U.S. colleges and universities (undergraduate and graduate), working under the mentorship of a faculty advisor. Winners earn cash awards and 1st place winners may present their designs at a national aviation venue in summer 2011. A notice of intent is strongly encouraged. The Competition guidelines and many resources are posted here.
Second Annual Lunabotics Mining Competition - 23 Aug 2010
NASA’s Exploration Systems Mission Directorate is pleased to announce the Second Annual Lunabotics Mining Competition. “Design It, Build It, Dig It” will be held May 23-28, 2011 at the U.S. Astronaut Hall of Fame, Kennedy Space Center, Florida. More information about the Lunabotics Mining Competition and the application link are available at: www.nasa.gov/lunabotics and on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/Lunabotics
An Open Letter to College Students from Robert Braun, NASA Chief Technologist - 13 Aug 2010
Nearly fifty years ago, President John F. Kennedy spoke to a large college audience and asked them to join him on a grand challenge, one that was chosen not for its simplicity, but for its audacity. In the following seven years, those college students, and thousands of young professionals from around the nation, responded to the President's call.
As our next generation of technologists, scientists and engineers, you are this country's future. We need your innovative ideas, your passion, your dedicated efforts, and your technological solutions. What future will you create? Read the full letter here.
NC Space Grant Student attends and wins at NASA Robotics Academy - 02 Aug 2010
Taylor Courier, a student at NC State, was sponsored by the NC Space Grant to attend the Robotics Academy at Marshall Space Flight Center this summer. His team won First Place ($1000) in the Team Excellence category of the Marshall Space Flight Center Intern Poster Expo. The project, entitled 'Reconfigurable Computing Telepresence Robot,' involved creating a mobile robotic sensor platform for NASA with hardware level data processing capabilities. His team accomplished this by replacing the electronics and control system of a MARCbot, a military IED detection robot, with a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA) based control system. See this PDF for details.
Moon Rock Mystery - 02 Aug 2010
NC State University’s Chris Brown, associate vice chancellor for research development, a professor of plant biology and the director of N.C. Space Grant has shared space artifacts with hundreds of students, teachers and members of the public over the past seven years. But when he was named to an advisory board for the Nature Science Center, a new wing of the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences scheduled for completion in 2011, Brown says he agreed to turn the Apollo artifacts over to the museum when the new wing opens to “educate and inspire future generations of explorers.” See the full story at the NC State website.
CREST-1 University Student Spaceflight Program - STS-134 Flight Opportunity - Time Critical - 08 Jul 2010
The CREST-1 University Student Spaceflight Program (CUSSP), part of the American Aerospace CREST-1 mission, is a time-critical opportunity for university student investigators to conduct experiments on STS-134, the historic last scheduled voyage of the Space Shuttle. Critical Deadline: American Aerospace will accommodate all university student experimenters that reserve their launch opportunity by AUGUST 2, 2010. See the American Aerospace website for additional information.
eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) Academic Innovation Challenge - 23 Jun 2010
The National Space Grant Foundation has announced the X-Hab Academic Innovation Competition. This university level competition is designed to engage and retain students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math disciplines. NASA will directly benefit from the competition by sponsoring the development of innovative inflatable loft concepts that could be applied to exploration habitats. The challenge is for senior and graduate level design courses in which students design, manufacture, assemble, and test an inflatable loft that will be integrated onto an existing NASA-built operational hard shell prototype.
Computational Model for Mars Tumbleweed Rovers - 21 Jun 2010
Dr. Andre Mazzoleni, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace engineering at NC State, has published a paper on research that is sponsored by NC Space Grant. Dr. Mazzoleni and his team developed a computational model for Mars 'tumbleweed rovers,' designed to be propelled by the Martian winds. See the June issue of the 'Journal of Spacecraft and Rockets' and the NC State website.
Women in Aerospace Foundation 2010-2011 Scholarship - 09 Jun 2010
The Women in Aerospace Foundation's 2010-2011 scholarship application period is open through June 30, 2010. The program's goal is to encourage young women interested in the aerospace field to pursue higher education degrees in engineering, science or math. See this linkfor how rising juniors and seniors may apply.
Summer Internships at LORD Corporation - 17 May 2010
Six students have been awarded summer internships in a joint project between the LORD Corporation and the NC Space Grant. Yawo Amengonu (UNC-Charlotte, Electrical Engineering), Allison Fipps (NC State, Chemistry), Alex Hartl (NC State, Aerospace Engineering), Tim Moore (NC State, Chemical Engineering), Matthew Placke (NC State, Mechanical Engineering) and Jenna Puckett (NC State, Materials Science and Engineering) will work as LORD Corporation employee interns this summer. They will do research on topics of interest to NASA and the LORD Corporation.