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California Space Grant Consortium Headquarters Office Partners with Los Angeles City College for Arduino Project

LACC Arduino Project

Located in the heart of LA, Los Angeles City College has a diverse student population with more than 58 percent minorities. For the past few months, the California Space Grant Consortium headquarters office has been working with Physics and Engineering Department Chair Jayesh Bhakta on an exciting distance learning project to facilitate an Arduino-driven sensor vest to be used in conjunction with Amusement Park Physics activities. The sensor vest measures the amusement park rider’s heart rate, skin conductivity, and acceleration along 6 axes while on the ride. The vest is also equipped with a GPS sensor.
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Off-the-Shelf Distance Learning Tools Allow Hard-to-Reach High School Students Easy Access to Science Center Exhibits

The California Space Grant Consortium (CaSGC) headquarters office often utilizes off-the-shelf equipment to connect remote education communities with interesting STEM sites such as the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego. Most recently, the CaSGC headquarters staff conducted an activity involving UCSD Aerospace Engineering students Grace Jang and Gamer Kesheshe, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Public Programs Manager Valerie MacPhee, and Mountain Empire High School teachers Roger Wynn and Ryan Termath.
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California Space Grant Consortium Project is One of Eleven Selected Among Thousands to Participate in Teleconference with Astronauts

On November 15th, the California Space Grant team attended a live video downlink between International Space Station (ISS) Expedition 33 Commander Sunita Williams and Flight Engineer Kevin Ford aboard the ISS, astronaut Leland Melvin at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum, and 9,500 students of the Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP). The recorded webcast of the teleconference is available at the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum USTREAM archive.
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Distance Learning Tools Allow California Space Grant to Share Mars Science Laboratory with Underrepresented Youth at Rural High School

In addition to presenting a dynamic seminar at UC San Diego’s new Structural and Materials Engineering Presentation Lab on November 2, Brian Schratz of NASA/JPL’s Mars Science Laboratory also conducted a distance learning activity with a group of underrepresented high school students in rural San Diego County. Mountain Empire High School science teacher Roger Wynn and San Diego State University geologist Norrie Robbins led the efforts on the remote end, while the California Space Grant team assisted Brian at the UC San Diego site. Prior to connecting with the students via Skype, Mr. Wynn introduced the class to Mars via reading assignment while Dr. Robbins conducted a hands-on activity with the students.

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