Category Archives: News and Announcements

CaSGC Student Follows His Dream

Many students move away from home when they start college. While some move to a new city or state, NASA intern Felipe Valdez moved to a new country. In 2007, Felipe made the difficult decision to leave his home in Mexico and move to the United States to pursue his education and career. At the time, his life was at a crossroads. He could stay in Mexico, leave school and find a full-time job, or he could move to the U.S. and have the opportunity to continue his education.

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Foundation for Amateur Radio Scholarship

The Foundation for Amateur Radio, Inc. will be awarding a total of 57 scholarships, worth an aggregate of $94,575 for the 2017/2018 academic year. Those scholarships range in value from $500 to $5,000 each. For more information please go to http://www.farweb.org/scholarship-information

 

Community College Partnership Recipients

The California Space Grant Consortium has selected the ten California Community Colleges that we will work with this year in our Community College Partnership Program. The students in this program will be mentored by faculty and will complete projects using arduinos. They will also present their projects at a NASA facility at the end of the summer.  We would like to congratulate our selected schools. The colleges are as follows:

Butte College                                                                                                                                               Cerritos College                                                                                                                                           College of the Desert                                                                                                                                       Irvine Valley College                                                                                                                                   Los Angeles City College                                                                                                                       Mendocino College                                                                                                                                       Miramar College                                                                                                                                               Rio Hondo College                                                                                                                                         Victor Valley College                                                                                                                               Woodland Community College

 

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February 23rd is Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

Girl Day is a worldwide campaign to introduce girls to the fascinating world of engineering. Thousands of people–engineers, teachers and others–act as Role Models and educate girls about how engineers change our world. This simple act has turned many girls on to engineering & technology careers. Started in 2001 as a joint effort between NSPE, IBM, and National Engineers Week Foundation, “Girl Day” 2017 marks the 16th year of a special focus . Continue reading

Print The Future Competition

Science fiction has often portrayed a future in which humanity has populated the cosmos and is living and working in space. While we haven’t quite realized those visions, the technology to do so is currently being developed by inventors, organizations, and private companies. The installation of two 3D printers on the International Space Station (ISS), for instance, will make it possible to 3D print and assemble, in space, large-scale structures, such as space-based solar power satellites and even spacecraft capable of deploying mobile 3D printers that can construct habitats in space, on the Moon or on Mars.

The National Space Society’s Enterprise In Space program has teamed up with Made In SpaceKepler Space InstituteSketchfab3D Hubs and Prairie Nanotechnology to advance the state of the art in additive manufacturing in space. Our Print The Future contest will allow you to send your 3D design to the International Space Station, where you will have your space-manufactured item returned to Earth. We want to make those sci-fi visions a reality and we need your help to do it.   We’ve recently launched Print the Future, a competition that invites university through postgraduate student teams to design projects that will further humanity’s presence in space. The winning team will be able to 3D print its design aboard the International Space Station, though there are a whole host of prizes for the winners, finalists, and, actually, everyone who enters!  The deadline for entry is approaching quite quickly which is February 15th.  For more information about how to enter, please go to: https://www.enterpriseinspace.org/print-the-future/

L’Oreal Women in Science Fellowship

Applications for the 2017 L’Oréal USA For Women in Science fellowship program are now open and are due on Friday, February 3, 2017.The L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science program recognizes and rewards the contributions women make in STEM fields and identifies exceptional women researchers committed to serving as role models for younger generations.  More than 2,250 women scientists in over 110 countries have been recognized since the program began in 1998.

In the US, the For Women In Science fellowship program awards five post‐doctoral women scientists annually with grants of $60,000 each. Applicants are selected from a variety of fields, including the life and physical/material sciences, technology (including computer science), engineering, and mathematics.

The application and more information about the program can be found at www.lorealusa.com/forwomeninscience.

2017 Microgravity DIVER Drop Tower Challenge

The NASA Glenn Research Center’s 2017 Microgravity DIVER Drop Tower Challenge has been announced!

WHAT?  Teams of grade 9-12 students are challenged to design and build diving objects that will submerge in water as far as possible when exposed to microgravity in NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower. After student proposals are evaluated, selected teams will compete in the challenge and are expected to present their results at the American Society for Gravitational and Space Research (ASGSR) conference in Seattle, WA in October 2017.

WHO? The design challenge is for students in grades 9-12, where teams will be favored over individuals in selection. Students are free to get help from adults, for example in building their experiment hardware. An organization (e.g., school, science center, 4H club, Scout troop) may submit no more than five proposals, where it is envisioned that no more than two will be selected from a single organization.

WHERE? For this challenge, NASA anticipates selecting 10 teams local to Seattle (the conference site) and 10 teams non-local to Seattle. Limited travel funds will be available to non-local teams to assist with financing their participation at the conference. The drops will be conducted in the 2.2 Second Drop Tower (shown on the right) at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. But research participation is remote, where teams can interact with the NASA coordinator by e-mail.

WHEN? Proposals can be submitted at any time up to Wednesday, February 1, 2017 and team selections will be announced on Friday, February 10. At that time, a status e-mail will be sent to all teams who submitted proposals. Team-built diving objects should be sent to NASA when ready but must arrive at NASA by no later than Wednesday, March 15. It is expected that the diving objects will be tested in the Drop Tower during the month of March. Video results will be provided to the teams after their objects have been tested in the drop tower. Video results and the student analyses will form the basis for a poster presentation at the October conference.

For more info please click the following link:  https://spaceflightsystems.grc.nasa.gov/education-outreach/diver/