As part of NASA's National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, we are funded to promote aerospace-related research, education, and public service programs to encourage a Diverse Workforce. This is accomplished through a national network of colleges, universities, industry and federal agency partners.
The Nebraska Space Grant offers several funding opportunities, including Fellowships, and mini-grants for Higher Education, Informal Education, Research, and Teacher Training.
Spotlight On Students: Gina Gilson
Gina Gilson is a senior majoring in Environmental Science and Biology at Creighton University. Gina says that her insatiable passion for the outdoors stood out during her first few years of college. However, she never realized how exciting the field of environmental science research was until she was provided the opportunity to travel and do research with Dr. John Schalles in Georgia.
Gina is very involved on Creighton’s campus, including being a Coordinator for Creighton’s Welcome Week. She says, “My passion for interacting with other people has led me to grow a lot as an individual, particularly in my research through what I've learned from other environmental scientists. Here she is doing some of her research.
Spotlight on Students: Allison Miller
Allison is a junior Mechanical Engineering major at the University of Nebraska - Lincoln. She currently works as an Undergraduate Research Assistant in the Advanced Surgical Technologies Laboratory under the guidance of Dr. Shane Farritor.
Using funding from the NASA Nebraska Space Grant, Allison is involved with multiple research projects, which include building a Mars rover for NASA's RASC-AL robo-ops competition. She plans on graduating with a Bachelor's degree in May of 2015 and then plans to pursue a Master's degree in Mechanical Engineering.
NASA Nebraska EPSCoR FY14 Call for Pre-Proposals
NASA Nebraska EPSCoR is pleased to announce its Call for Pre-Proposals for this year’s NASA EPSCoR program. The purpose of the NASA EPSCoR program is to establish partnerships with government, higher education, and industry that are designed to effect lasting improvements in a state’s or region’s research infrastructure, R&D capacity and hence, its national R&D competitiveness. In addition to the research and technology development, the awards enable faculty development and higher education student support.
Each year NASA Nebraska EPSCoR holds a statewide proposal competition to select the top one or two proposals from across the state. These selected proposals are ultimately submitted on behalf of NASA Nebraska EPSCoR to the national competition. While NASA has not yet released its RFP for this year, NASA Nebraska EPSCoR is collecting required Letters of Intent from interested researchers across the state. Letters of Intent for this year’s funding cycle are due on September 13.
Download instructions for the content, format, and submission of Letters of Intent and Pre-Proposals. If you have any questions about this year's competition or the attached document, please contact Michaela Lucas at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-554-3772.
NEBRASKA TEACHERS AND PRE-SERVICE TEACHERS SELECTED FOR TRAINING AT NASA
Omaha, NE (June 26, 2013) – Thirteen teachers and six pre-service teachers from across Nebraska will travel to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida from July 22-26 to participate in an “Out of This World” teacher training workshop.
NASA’s Education staff will train the Nebraska teachers how to share the activities and lessons they will learn with other teachers throughout Nebraska.
NASA Nebraska Space Grant Mini-Grant and Fellowship Competition Annoucement!
Inspire – Connect – Explore
NASA – Kennedy Space Center (KSC) is piloting a new website, “Inspire – Connect – Explore” (ICE), for college students. The website is designed to showcase real world examples of degrees at work in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and more (STEM&M). As part of a team of young engineers and mathematicians at Kennedy Space Center, we believe this website will be a valuable tool for students to inspire their future and help guide their college careers. We were once college students as well and understand the challenges associated with choosing the path for the future.
The website is accessible at http://ice3.ksc.nasa.gov . NASA/KSC employees have generated profiles to include how their education and experiences have developed their careers. Students can browse by degree, school, or search by subject of interest to find a NASA/KSC employee’s profiles. Employee profiles include information on valuable courses, career history, and an opportunity to interact with the employees through a question/answer section.
NORTHFIELD STUDENTS LEARN ROBOTICS
NASA Nebraska Space Grant, mentioned in this article, provides training for teachers through NASA’s Summer of Innovation program.
NEBRASKA EDUCATION SPACE AMBASSADOR (NESA) PROGRAM
NASA Nebraska Space Grant is partnering with NASA’s Kennedy Space Center to offer 10 Nebraska K-12 Certified Teachers and 10 Pre-Service Teachers (college and university students studying to become K-12 teachers) an Out of This World workshop. These teachers will become the Charter members of the Nebraska Education Space Ambassadors (NESA).
Dates: July 23-25, 2013
Location: NASA Kennedy Space Center, Florida
Eligibility: U.S. Citizens only. 10 pre-service teachers and 10 certified teachers will be selected.
Travel: Airfare, hotel, and ground transportation provided by NASA Nebraska Space Grant
Stipend: $200 to offset meal costs
Application Deadline: April 15, 2013
NASA NEBRASKA SPACE GRANT IS NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR A NEBRASKA TEACHER TO ATTEND THE 2013 SPACE ACROSS THE CURRICULUM COURSE
As part of our ongoing partnership with the Space Foundation, the NASA Nebraska Space Grant is pleased to announce a new scholarship for a Nebraska teacher to attend a 2013 Space Across the Curriculum course.
Course 1: June 17-21 Meteorology and Space Weather
Course 2: July 8-12 Pre-K through 2nd Grade Early Childhood Space Exploration
The scholarship will pay for travel and registration costs for the selected teacher to attend one course at the Space Foundation’s new headquarters in Colorado Springs (right near Garden of the Gods) this summer. The application form is attached. The deadline to apply is April 1.
Additionally, the Space Foundation works with three higher education institutions in Colorado to offer graduate credit for these courses. See the Space Foundation website for more information: http://www.spacefoundation.org/education
2013 HELICOPTER & UAV PROGRAM
The Connecticut Space Grant is hosting the 2013 Helicopter & UAV Program Jun 16-21 in New Britain, CT. If you are interested, follow this link: http://ctspacegrant.org/non-ct-students (Scroll down a little to April 1 deadline).
Nebraska students must submit applications to: Nasa.Nebraska@unomaha.edu. If selected to represent Nebraska, your application will be forwarded to the CT program.
The Nebraska Space Grant deadline for receiving these materials is April 1, 2013.
KEEPING THE WHEELS TURNING: REGISTRATION OPEN FOR 20TH ANNUAL NASA GREAT MOONBUGGY RACE
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. --Registration is now open for the 20th annual NASA Great Moonbuggy Race, which challenges high school, college and university students around the world to build and race fast, lightweight "moonbuggies" of their own design.
The students' work will culminate in two days of competitive racing April 26-27, 2013, at the U.S.
Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville, Ala. NASA created the event two decades ago to complement classroom learning, provide young thinkers and builders with real-world engineering experience and inspire them to consider careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics -- the STEM fields.
"It's our goal to keep the wheels turning," said Tammy Rowan, manager of the Academic Affairs Office at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center in Huntsville, which organizes the race each year. "The ingenuity and enthusiasm we see among racers begins in the classroom. That first spark of interest -- whether it's in basic chemistry or astronomy or the history of spaceflight -- starts the wheels turning. The Great Moonbuggy Race helps sustain that momentum, turning interest into passion, and dreams into a lifelong pursuit of new answers and new horizons."
International registration for the 2013 race closes Jan. 7. Registration for U.S. teams closes Feb. 4.
Participating high schools, colleges and universities each may register up to two teams and two vehicles. For complete rules and to register, visit: http://moonbuggy.msfc.nasa.gov
When Marshall created the race as a regional college challenge during the 1993-1994 school year, only eight teams participated. The high school division was added in 1996, and registration has swelled ever since.
Racers compete to post the fastest vehicle assembly and race times in their divisions, while incurring the fewest penalties. Prizes are awarded to the three teams in each division that finish with the lowest final times. NASA and industry sponsors present additional awards for engineering ingenuity, team spirit, best debut by a rookie team and more.
The course, built each spring on the outdoor grounds of the Space and Rocket Center, comprises a winding half-mile of gravel embankments, sand pits and obstacles that mimic the harsh surface of the moon. The race's creators drew inspiration from conditions faced by the Apollo-era Lunar Roving Vehicles. Three rovers built at Marshall in the late 1960s were used on the moon during the Apollo 15, Apollo 16 and Apollo 17 missions in 1971 and 1972.
Today, the students' moonbuggies address many of the same design challenges NASA and industry
engineers overcame to deliver those historic rovers. The vehicles dramatically expanded astronauts' reach across the lunar surface and enabled them to conduct much more scientific research during their brief stays on the moon.
In the most recent Great Moonbuggy Race, held in April 2012, more than 70 teams tackled the course. Petra Mercado High School in Humacao, Puerto Rico was first place in the high school division. The University of Alabama in Huntsville won first place in the college division. Petra Mercado, in only its second year in the competition, earned a completion time of 3 minutes and 20 seconds. The winning University of alabama in Huntsville team finished in 4 minutes and 3 seconds.
To date, more than 5,000 students from around the world have participated in the races. Past winning teams have hailed from Alabama, Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Dakota, Ohio, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, Tennessee, Utah and Wyoming -- and from Canada and Germany. International racers have come from as far away as India, Italy, Romania, Russia and the United Arab Emirates.
Racers from Erie High School in Erie, Kan., have held the record for the best course-completion time since 2008. Their best overall time of 3 minutes and 17 seconds earned the first-place trophy in the high school division that year.
More than 350,000 people watched live and archived coverage of the spring 2012 race on NASA TV and on UStream. For archived footage of the competition, visit http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasa-msfc
For images and additional information about past races, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/moonbuggy
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