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Request for Proposals: MESA Community College Program Lab Research Experience

The California Space Grant Consortium is pleased to announce a new solicitation:

The MESA Community College Laboratory Research Experience

With the objectives of:

  • Encouraging and preparing students in associate degree programs for STEM degrees and careers
  • Increasing participation of underrepresented minorities and females in STEM.

Notices of Intent (Optional and Non-Binding) Due: November 22, 2013
Proposals Due: January 17, 2014
Performance Period: March 1, 2014 through May 31, 2014

Award Amount: $10,000
Number of Awards: Up to two
Click here for the solicitation.

If you have questions please contact Tehseen Lazzouni.

California Space Grant / IDEA Student Center Research Scholarships

IDEA Student Center Scholars

The California Space Grant Consortium and The IDEA Student Center at the University of California, San Diego joined efforts this year to award research scholarships to ten deserving IDEA Scholars. Selected students were awarded $1,000 each and were asked to create a project related to Smart Solar Farms, under the guidance of UCSD Professor Carlos Coimbra.

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CaSGC Staff Meet with NASA AA for Space Technology

On Wednesday, September 11th the California Space Grant Consortium Director, Dr. John Kosmatka, and Assistant Director, Tehseen Lazzouni, met with the NASA Space Technology Associate Administrator, Dr. Michael Gazarik, and his Chief of Staff, Michael Green. They discussed NASA Space Technology priorities and areas where the California Space Grant can work with the Space Technology Mission Directorate.

Green, Gazarik & Kosmatka--NASA STMD Visit

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STEAM2 Academy

California Space Grant Consortium colleague Kimberly Mann Bruch launched the STEAM2 Academy this summer utilizing curriculum, hands-on activities, and equipment developed in conjunction with the California Space Grant Consortium.

The program featured a series of week-long summer camps for Grades K-3 with topics including aerospace engineering (rockets), astronomy, chemistry, geology, botany, and entomology.

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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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2012-2013 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Project Selections

We are delighted to announce that the California Space Grant Consortium has selected the following students for the 2012-2013 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, which engages the future STEM* Workforce in science and aerospace related research projects.

Students were selected based on the following four criteria:

  • Academic Achievement (including GPA)
  • Proposed Research Project
  • Letter of Recommendation
  • Leadership Qualities

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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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MESA Research Academy

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In Summer and Fall 2012 the San Diego MESA Alliance and the California Space Grant Consortium implemented a pilot program entitled:

MESA Research Academy: A Train-the-Trainer Academy for Understanding “What Is Research?”

The goal was to provide exposure to engineering research and hands-on experience to underrepresented student populations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) from precollege to university levels.

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