Author Archives: Chantel

AggieMentors at UC Davis

California Space Grant Consortium affiliate UC Davis runs AggieMentors, a college-access program that is part of EnvironMentors, a national program of the National Council for Science and the Environment.

The primary goal of AggieMentors is to prepare socio-economically challenged high school students for university degree programs and opportunities in Environmental Sciences, Resource Management and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math). Continue reading

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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2012 NASA Academy Interns

The California Space Grant Consortium provided scholarships to nine students for NASA Academy internships this summer (2012):

  • Samira Motiwala (NASA Glenn Research Center)
  • Javier Gonzalez-Rocha (NASA Dryden Flight Research Center)
  • Steffi Valkov (NASA Dryden Flight Research Center)
  • Meagan Sung (NASA Marshall Space Flight Center)
  • Michael McCormack (NASA Langley Research Center)
  • Tanya Das (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
  • Guadalupe Banales (NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory)
  • Guillermo “Willie” Costa (NASA Ames Research Center)
  • Ivan Lucatero (NASA Ames Research Center).

These students are applying classroom knowledge to exciting real-world projects, gaining experience far beyond any classroom. Through NASA Academy, our students become leaders with a deeper understanding of NASA objectives and outstanding real-world aerospace expertise.

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Women in Engineering: My Daughter is an Engineer

To increase diversity in the STEM fields (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), the California Space Grant Consortium supported this summer’s “My Daughter is an Engineer” program, July 6-8, 2012. This program is designed for high-performing middle school girls to explore the field of engineering. This year, the program had its highest participation yet with 19 parent-daughter pairs.

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Lincoln Middle School Students’ Opportunity with the International Space Station

With funding from the California Space Grant Consortium, Lincoln Middle School students have been given the opportunity to send a mini-laboratory, entitled “Fluids Mixing Enclosure”, to the International Space Station (ISS) as a part of the Student Spaceflight Experiment Program (SSEP). This experiment will be sent to the ISS this fall aboard the first operational flight of the SpaceX Dragon.

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