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Nov 23 09


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Nov 23 09

  1. 1. November  23,  2009     Dear  Affiliates  &  Friends,     We  have  received  word  of  a  few  opportunities  that  you  may  be  interested  in.  Please   read  the  following  and  don’t  hesitate  to  contact  us  with  any  questions  that  you   might  have.       In  order  of  application/registration  deadline:     Due:  January     Idaho  TECH-­Mars  Rover  Challenge     Registration  for  the  annual  Idaho  TECH-­‐Mars  Rover  Challenge  is  now  open!  For   information  or  to  register  please  visit  the  ISGC  website.  While  there  is  no  “official”   registration  deadline,  we  will  begin  distribution  of  the  LEGO  kits  in  January.  The   sooner  your  register,  the  sooner  the  students  can  start  building  their  ROVERS!       What  is  Idaho  TECH?     How  do  I  sign  up?     The  answers  to  these  questions  can  be  found  at     Due:  January  15,  2010   Space  Grant  College  Consortium   Summer  2010  -­  Helicopter  Training  Workshop   Undergraduate  and  Graduate  Students  of  Space  Grant  Consortia  (outside  of   CT)   Application  Deadline  -­  January  15,  2010   The  Connecticut  Space  Grant  Consortium  is  pleased  to  accept  applications  from   other  states'  space  grant  consortium  students  for  the  Summer  2010  Helicopter   Training  Workshop  which  will  be  held  on  the  campus  of  Central  Connecticut  State   University  from  August  1  –  6,  2010.   Who  qualifies  to  apply  to  The  NASA  Space  Grant  Helicopter  Experience  2010?   Full-­‐time  student  of  a  college  that  is  a  member  of  the  NASA  Space  Grant  Consortium   who  1)  is  at  least  18  years  old,  and  2)  has  completed  algebra,  trigonometry  and  their   freshman  year  by  summer  2010.    All  workshop  participants  must  be  US  Citizens.     • Summer  2010  Helicopter  Training  Workshop  Grants  -­‐  Any  full-­‐time  
  2. 2. undergraduate  or  graduate  student  of  a  Consortium  college  who  meets  the   minimum  eligibility  requirements  and  who  is  at  least  18  years  of  age  may   apply.  Students  will  attend  a  1  week  workshop,  August  1  -­‐  6,  2010,  in  which   they  will  learn  how  helicopters  operate  through  a  combination  of  classroom,   lab  and  testing  experiences.  Students  will  also  network  with  professionals   within  the  helicopter  aerospace  industry.  The  Consortium  expects  to  admit   20-­‐30  students.  (NASA  restricts  grants  to  U.S.  Citizens  only.)   Summer  2010  Helicopter  Training  Workshop   Award  –  Undergraduate/Graduate  Students  of  NASA  Space  Grant  affiliated   institutions  are  eligible  to  apply.    Students  should  apply  to  their  state's  space  grant   consortium  for  a  travel  grant  to  cover  the  $250  registration  fee  and  transportation   to  and  from  the  workshop.  Dorm  housing  at  Central  Connecticut  State  University  and   3  meals/day  are  included  in  the  registration  fee.   Eligibility  –  Undergraduate/Graduate  student  applicants  must  be  at  least  18  years   of  age  and  a  full-­‐time  student  at  one  of  the  NASA  Space  Grant  Consortium  Member   Institutions  with  a  minimum  GPA  of  3.0  or  higher  who  has  completed  at  least  2   semesters  of  an  engineering  or  related  program  (algebra  and  trigonometry  for  non-­‐ engineering  students).    Selected  applicants  must  provide  proof  of  U.S.  Citizenship.   Award  Opportunities  –  This  opportunity  provides  participants  with  a  classroom   instruction  and  hands-­‐on  opportunity  to  learn  more  about  why  helicopters  behave   as  they  do  during  flight  operations.    Workshop  participants  will  construct  and  flight   test  (wind  tunnel  and  outdoor)  radio  controlled  coaxial  helicopters,  and  compete  in   an  obstacle  course  using  the  coaxial  helicopters  and  VTOL  aircraft  that  they  build.     Two  human  powered  helicopter  test  fixtures  will  also  be  used  for  experimentation,   to  maximize  the  lift  over  drag.  Participants  will  also  have  an  opportunity  to  network   with  aerospace  leaders,  present  their  wind  tunnel  test  results  to  aerospace   professionals,  tour  Sikorsky  and  KAMAN  manufacturing  and  engineering  facilities,   and  experience  a  1-­‐hour  ride  in  a  Robertson  4-­‐place  helicopter  (up  to  3,000  ft.  and   140  mph)  during  this  unique  training  experience.  Transportation  to  and  from  all   workshop-­‐sponsored  events,  lodging  and  food  are  included  in  the  workshop   registration  fee.   Proposal  Format  and  Checklist:      Complete  the  National  Helicopter  Training   Workshop  Student  Application  and  fax  (860/768-­5073)  or  email   (  it,  along  with  the  following  4  items,  to  the  CT  Space  Grant   Consortium  office  by  January  15,  2010.   1. Resume/CV   2. Transcript  (Demonstrating  completion  of  at  least  2  semesters  of  an   engineering  or  related  program)   3. Proof  of  U.S.  Citizenship  –  Will  be  required  of  all  students  selected  to   participate  in  the  workshop.   4. Letter  of  Support  from  Applicant’s  State  Space  Grant  Consortium  -­  Please  
  3. 3. attach  a  letter  of  support  from  your  state’s  Space  Grant  Consortium   acknowledging  that  if  you  are  selected  for  participating  in  this  Workshop,   that  your  state’s  Consortium  will  award  you  a  travel  grant  to  pay  1)  the   Workshop  Registration  Fee  of  $250  to  the  CT  Space  Grant  Consortium,  and  2)   cover  your  travel  to  and  from  Connecticut.    The  Workshop  registration  fee   covers  your  dorm  housing  and  meals  for  the  Workshop  (August  1-­August  6,   2010).   Reporting  -­‐  A  short  project  report  is  due  upon  completion  of  the  workshop  from  all   participants.    A  reporting  format  will  be  provided  to  awardees.       About  the  Connecticut  Space  Grant  Consortium:    The  Connecticut  Space  Grant   College  Consortium,  a  NASA  supported  Space  Grant  Consortium,  consists  of   Bridgeport  University,  Central  Connecticut  State  University,  Connecticut  Colleges  of   Technology,  Eastern  Connecticut  State  University,  Fairfield  University,  Southern   Connecticut  State  University,  Trinity  College,  the  Universities  of  Connecticut,   Connecticut  Health  Center,  Hartford,  and  New  Haven,  Wesleyan  University  and  Yale   University.  The  purpose  of  the  Consortium  is  to  encourage  research  and  education   in  Space/Aerospace  Science  and  Engineering.        Due:  January  18,  2009   NASA  Academy     THE  NASA  ACADEMIES  at  NASA  ARC,  GRC,  GSFC,  and  MSFC   The  NASA  Academies  are  intensive  educational  programs  emphasizing  group   activities,  teamwork,  research,  and  creativity.  The  curriculum  balances  direct   contact  with  science  and  engineering  R&D  with  an  awareness  of  the  managerial,   political,  financial,  social  and  human  issues  faced  by  aerospace  professionals.   Included  are  seminars,  informal  discussions,  evening  lectures,  supervised  research,   visits  to  other  NASA  Centers  and  facilities,  group  project/s,  tours,   posters/presentations,  and  assessment.  Additionally,  most  weekends  are  filled  with   group  activities,  team  building  and  off-­‐site  trips.  One  free  weekend  is  scheduled.   The  Academy  is  not  a  9-­‐5  summer  research  internship  program.  It  is  a  rigorous,   immersive  experience  that  will  challenge  you.  The  academy  is  a  space-­‐themed   program  of  high  learning  about  NASA,  its  projects  and  collaborations  with  aerospace   industry  and  academia,  with  very  little  down  time,  but  a  busy,  exciting  summer  that   you  will  not  forget.   The  Academies  have  separate  focus  areas  of  leadership  (NASA  Academy),  robotics,   space  and  planetary  science,  and  propulsion.   The  deadline  is  January  18,  2010  at  5:00  p.m.  EST.  
  4. 4. You  may  access  it  at     This  application  serves  the  following:     • The  NASA  Academy  at  Ames  Research  Center   • The  NASA  Academy  at  Glenn  Research  Center   • The  NASA  Lunar  and  Planetary  Science  Academy  at  Goddard  Space  Flight  Center   • The  NASA  Academy  at  Marshall  Space  Flight  Center   • The  NASA  Propulsion  at  Academy  at  Marshall  Space  Flight  Center   • The  NASA  Robotics  Academy  at  Marshall  Space  Flight  Center   NASA  Academy  (ARC,  GRC,  MSFC)   Eligibility:  Rising  junior,  senior  undergraduate  or  at  the  early  graduate  level  in   accredited  U.S.  college  or  university  as  of  May  of  the  program  year;  B  average   (minimum);  major  in  engineering,  science  (physics,  chemistry,  biology,  earth   sciences,  etc.),  math,  computer  science  or  other  areas  of  interest  to  the  aerospace   program;  US  citizen  or  permanent  resident  (as  of  May  of  the  program  year).     Description:  The  NASA  Academy  is  a  unique  summer  experience  at  the  university   level  for  developing  future  leaders  of  the  U.S.  Space  Program.  The  program  is  an   intensive,  resident,  ten-­‐week  summer  experience  with  laboratory  research  work,  a   group  project,  lectures,  meetings  with  experts  and  administrators,  visits  to  NASA   Centers  and  space-­‐related  industries,  technical  writing,  and  presentations.  Students   discover  how  NASA  and  its  Centers  operate,  gain  experience  in  world-­‐class   laboratories,  participate  in  a  team  environment  and  build  professional  bonds.  On   graduation,  Academy  participants  are  inducted  into  the  NASA  Academy  Alumni   Association  (NAAA)  whose  goal  is  to  promote  NASA,  the  NASA  Academy,  research,   and  space  education.  The  52  state-­‐based  members  of  the  National  Space  Grant   College  and  Fellowship  Program  have  co-­‐sponsored  the  NASA  Academy  since  its   founding  in  1993.  Students  with  disabilities  are  provided  reasonable   accommodation  services.  Women,  minorities,  and  individuals  with  disabilities  are   encouraged  to  apply.       GSFC  NASA  Lunar  and  Planetary  Science  Academy  (NLPSA)   Sites:­‐science,     Eligibility:  GPA  3.3  minimum  on  a  4.0  scale,  with  experience  in  lunar  and  planetary   science  research;  US  citizen.  Research  Associates:  Rising  undergraduate  freshmen,   sophomores,  or  juniors  in  astrophysics,  physics,  or  engineering;  Team  Leads:   Undergraduate  seniors  or  graduate  students  with  a  strong  background  in  planetary   science  and/or  engineering.       Description:  The  NASA  Lunar  Planetary  Science  Academy  is  a  10-­‐week  resident   summer  internship  for  students  specifically  interested  in  lunar  and  planetary   science.  The  emphasis  is  on  hands-­‐on  activities  related  to  lunar  and  planetary   science  mission  design  and  operation,  instrument  development,  and  data  
  5. 5. acquisition  and  analysis  in  a  team  environment.  Students  who  have  demonstrated   experience  in  the  relevant  areas  are  given  priority.  Participants  are  assigned  to  a   team  project  sponsored  by  mentors  at  NASA/GSFC,  local  industry,  or  academic   institution  (4  students  per  project).  In  addition  to  direct  guidance  from  the  Principal   Investigator  (PI)  who  sponsored  the  project,  an  advanced  science/engineering   student  is  assigned  as  team  lead  to  guide  interns  and  manage  the  project  on  a  daily   basis.  The  interns  and  team  leads  participate  in  enriching  activities  such  as  field   work  at  a  planetary  analogue  site,  a  group  project,  lectures,  and  meetings  with   leaders  in  the  field.  Students  with  disabilities  are  provided  reasonable   accommodation  services.     MSFC  NASA  Robotics  Academy   Research  Associates’  Eligibility:    GPA  3.0  on  a  4.0  scale,  with  experience  in   robotics;  US  citizens;  rising  undergraduate  sophomores,  juniors,  or  seniors,       Team  Leads’  Eligibility:    GPA  3.0  on  a  4.0  scale,  with  experience  in  robotics;  US   citizens;  rising  undergraduate  juniors,  seniors  or  graduate  students  with  a   curricular  background  in  robotics.     Description:  The  NASA  Robotics  Internship  Program  is  a  10-­‐week  resident  summer   internship  for  students  specifically  interested  in  robotics.  Students  are  given   priority  who  have  previously  participated  in  the  FIRST  Robotics  Competition  or,   Botball,  or  who  have  taken  active  interest  in  robotics  in  demonstrable  ways.   Participants  are  assigned  to  a  team  project  sponsored  by  NASA/MSFC,  local   industry,  or  academic  institution.  Two  to  three  students  are  assigned  per  project.  In   addition  to  direct  guidance  from  the  Principal  Investigator  who  sponsored  the   project,  an  advanced  robotic  student  is  assigned  as  team  lead  to  guide  interns  and   manage  the  project  on  a  daily  basis.  The  interns  and  team  leads  participate  in   enriching  activities  such  as  a  group  project,  lectures,  field  trips,  and  meetings  with   leaders  in  the  field  of  robotics.  Students  with  disabilities  are  provided  reasonable   accommodation  services.     MSFC  NASA  Propulsion  Academy   Research  Associates’  Eligibility:    GPA  3.0  on  a  4.0  scale;  US  citizens;  rising   undergraduate  sophomores,  juniors,  or  seniors,       Team  Leads’  Eligibility:    GPA  3.0  on  a  4.0  scale,  with  a  curricular  background  in   propulsion;  US  citizens;  rising  undergraduate  juniors,  seniors  or  graduate  students   with  a  curricular  background  in  robotics.     Description:  The  NASA  Propulsion  Academy,  at  the  Marshall  Space  Flight  Center,  is   a  10-­‐week,  residential  summer  research  and  educational  experience  for  high   achieving  sophomores,  juniors,  seniors  and  graduate  students  interested  in   propulsion.  The  emphasis  is  on  preparing  young  professionals  for  employment  in   aerospace  positions.  Propulsion  is  the  critical  element  in  NASA's  exploration   program.  The  new  Ares  propulsion  elements  are  being  designed  and  developed  by  
  6. 6. engineers  at  the  Marshall  Space  Flight  Center  (MSFC)  and  by  its  contractors.  We  are   utilizing  this  development  as  a  training  ground  for  university  students  who  are   interested  in  careers  in  this  exciting  field.  Research  Associates  (interns)  will  work  in   teams  of  four,  guided  by  propulsion  engineers  at  Marshall,  local  commercial  entities   and  local  universities.  Each  team  is  composed  of  a  "team  lead"  and  three  research   associates.  The  team  lead  is  an  advanced  undergraduate  or  graduate  student  with  a   curricular  background  in  courses  relevant  to  propulsion.  The  research  associates   are  sophomores,  juniors  and  seniors  who  aspire  to  becoming  graduate  propulsion   engineers.  Site  visits,  tours  and  lectures  will  demonstrate  the  various  opportunities   for  employment  in  the  space  propulsion  field.  These  visits  will  expose  the  research   associates  to  state-­‐of-­‐the-­‐art  propulsion  development.  Tours  of  local  facilities  and   lectures  by  experts  in  propulsion  will  provide  one-­‐on-­‐one  interaction  with   practicing  propulsion  engineers.     Due:  January  19,  2010     The  Cooperative  Agreement  Notice  (CAN)  for  the  NASA  Digital  Learning  Network™   (DLN)  was  released  on  Nov.  10,  2009.  Participation  in  the  CAN  is  open  to   educational  institutions  only.  The  procurement  is  valued  at  $9M  over  5  years.  The   overall  goal  of  the  proposed  cooperative  agreement  is  to  optimize  the  effective  use   of  online  and  educational  technologies  for  the  benefit  of  other  NASA  education   efforts  and  audiences  associated  with  the  three  Office  of  Education  divisions  -­‐-­‐  K12   STEM  Program,  Higher  Education,  and  Informal  Education.  The  recipient  will  work   with  NASA  to  continue  the  operation,  maintenance  and  evolution  of  the  NASA  Digital   Learning  Network™.           NASA’s  Digital  Learning  Network™  has  been  in  operation  since  2003  and  consists  of   staff  and  facilities  at  all  10  NASA  field  centers.  The  DLN  infrastructure  reaches   students  and  teachers  through  videoconferencing  and  webcasting  technologies.  DLN   Coordinators/Instructors  and  subject  matter  experts  at  all  sites  present  interactive   lessons  that  incorporate  NASA  missions  and  research  into  the  teaching  and  learning   of  standards-­‐based  STEM  content.  There  are  over  50  modules  available  free  of   charge  to  teachers  who  register  for  and  schedule  events  through  the  DLN  website   (  The  DLN  also  maintains  a  webcast  schedule  of  live  events   through  its  DLiNfo  Channel.           In  2009,  the  DLN  reached  over  150,000  students  and  teachers  via  videoconferencing   and  120,000  viewers  via  webcasts.  This  reflects  a  30%  average,  yearly  growth  over   the  seven  years  of  its  existence  as  an  agency-­‐wide,  integrated,  distance  learning   initiative.       To  receive  constant  updates  about  the  events  and  opportunities  offered  through  the   NASA  Idaho  Space  Grant  Consortium,  please  stay  connected  with  us!    
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