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NASA Summer 2017 Internships for Students with Disabilities

NASA is looking to increase the number of students with disabilities pursuing science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) careers through our regular internship programs. This is not a program for students with disabilities.  We are trying to recruit more students with disabilities into our regular internship programs. Disability means both physical and mental disabilities. NASA has a two-percent hiring goal for employment of people with disabilities and internships are a good way to get experience. However, this is not an employment program. Continue reading

NASA 2017 Big Idea Challenge

NASA and NIA invite you and your students to participate in the 2017Breakthrough, Innovative, and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge!   TheBIG Idea Challenge is a university-level design competition sponsored by the Game Changing Development Program (GCD) within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, and managed by the National Institute of Aerospace (NIA). Continue reading

Call for NASA 2017 RASC-AL Proposals

The 2017 RASC-AL competition is seeking concepts that leverage innovations to improve our ability to work more effectively in microgravity, with a focus on the design of more efficient subsystems. Successful proposals will demonstrate comprehensive engineering analysis ofinnovative capabilities and/or new technologies for evolutionary architecture development to enable future missions, reduce cost, and/or improve safety. Continue reading

Launching 2 Learn Opportunity

NASA is pleased to offer the Launching 2 Learn program this summer.  This opportunity is available for rising college freshmen and sophomores majoring in a STEM degree. There are 15 slots available for students to learn how to build and launch level 1 and level 2 high powered rockets, and learn all the math and science involved.  Continue reading

Congratulations to UCSD’s TEAM REKK for NASA’s 2016 Micro-g NExT Competition

With support from CaSGC, congratulations to UC San Diego’s Team REKK (UCSD students Richard Valle, Euan Tan, Kristine Khieu, and Kyle Gillespie) for their winning entry, the RECC (Rock Extraction Chipping Container), for NASA ‘s 2016 Micro-g NExT  Competition held at the NASA Johnson Space Bouyancy Laboratory (NBL) in April 2016. Team REKK focused on mining an asteroid and developed a tool capable of safely chipping through regolith and collecting samples from four different sites while preventing cross contamination. Their design proposal was selected in December 2015, and the team was invited to build and test their tool design at NBL. In addition, Team REKK conducts community outreach targeting the under-served youth of San Diego with Space Day 2016 at the San Diego Air and Space Museum as their most recent event held May 14, 2016. At the event, Team REKK taught kids about microgravity conditions though a neutral buoyancy experiment. For more information on Team REKK, please visit their website at:

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Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) program challenges undergraduate students to design build, and test a tool or device that addresses an authentic, current space exploration problem. The overall experience includes hands-on engineering design, test operations, and educational/public outreach. Test operations are conducted in the simulated microgravity environment of the NASA Johnson Space Center Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL).

Teams will propose design and prototyping of a tool or simulant identified by NASA engineers as necessary in space exploration missions. Professional NBL divers will test the tools and students will direct the divers from the Test Conductor Room of the NBL facility. For more information , please visit:

2 CaSGC Affiliates are Award Recipients of the NASA USIP Student Flight Research Opportunities

Congratulations to our two affiliates, Sonoma State University and UC San Diego, for each winning  one of the Undergraduate Student Instrument Project (USIP) Student Flight Research Opportunities.

NASA will award more than $8 million through the competitively selected USIP to 47 teams of undergraduate students to conduct hands-on flight research.

Through the USIP program, NASA seeks to build science, technical, leadership and project skills among undergraduate students by offering them real-world experience in developing and flying science or technology experiments that are relevant to NASA’s missions.

89 proposals were received in response to a joint solicitation from NASA’s Office of Education, working through the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, and the agency’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) in Washington. The 47 selected projects will fly on suborbital and orbital vehicle platforms, such as CubeSats, aircraft, sounding rockets, balloons and other commercial platforms. NASA will cover launch and flight costs, and each award has a two-year period of performance. Award amounts depend on the project and range from $50,000 to $200,000.

Congratulations again to Sonoma State University and Dr. Lynn Cominksy for the project entitled, EdgeCube: A 1U Global Monitor for Earth’s Ecosystems, and UC San Diego and Dr. John Kosmatka for the project entitled, Solar-Powered Unmanned Aircraft System for Long-Endurance Enviromental Monitoring.

NASA Press Release, April 6, 2016