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September / October 2021

Space Day Atlanta @ Georgia Tech

October 9, 2021 10am-3pm
GSGC, in partnership with Georgia Tech's School of Aerospace Engineering (GTAE), is hosting a hands-on space-focused STEM showcase at the Bill Moore Student Success Center on Saturday, October 9, 2021. This all-day event will feature:
  • Former NASA Astronaut and GTAE graduate Susan Kilrain
  • a Buzz Aldrin Cycling Pathways To Mars Virtual Reality experience
  •  a presentation with the Buzz Aldrin Cycling Pathways lead VR artist/designer
  • hands-on STEM activities and demonstrations
  • space-themed art activities
  • and more.
Learn more at the GTAE outreach website and sign-up here to attend the event.

Affiliate Highlight:
Kennesaw State University 

GSGC affiliate, Kennesaw State University (KSU), is engaged in two NASA/GSGC supported programs: K-12 STEM Enrichment and Community Outreach, and Applied Leadership Enhancement. KSU engages undergraduate STEM students in a diverse set of science projects, hands-on experiences, workshops, and seminars through both programs. Equipped with special skills such as logical and creative thinking, problem-solving and team-building ability, these KSU students become strong role models in motivating and influencing high school students to choose science and peruse a STEM career path.

Both programs also offer undergraduate research and internship experiences. KSU has been working with multiple high schools in Cobb County and Marietta City school districts to expose local high schoolers to the experiments and skills they are learning. If you would like more information about the KSU enrichment team, or if you are interested in having them visit your school or classroom, KSU contacts are Dr. Achar (pachar@kennesaw.edu) and Dr. Joffe (djoffe@kennesaw.edu).

View Workshops for High schools on Youtube:
Cosmic ray muon detectors: https://youtu.be/aWb_qVdBwuI
Blood typing kit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lea_zNIQuMw
 

Museum of Aviation STEM Educator Conference

September 18, 2021 
 Virtual Conference September 18, 2021 
 For Pre-K-12 In-Service, Pre-Service, Home School & Informal Educators
 
The event will help you:
  • Explore with our STEM Education Partners
  • Infuse STEM Educational Resources into your classroom!
  • Inspire and engage your students with STEM activities & challenges!
  • Receive NASA STEM resources!
  • Network with Educators!
  • Grouped by grade levels PreK-2 • 3-5 • 6-8 • 9-12
Register to attend at the Museum of Aviation Website.

*Please Note:  This is a STEM conference for adults age 18 and up.  This is not a student STEM event.

2022 Big Idea Challenge:

Notice of Intent due Sept. 24

NASA's 2022 BIG Idea Challenge provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to design, develop, and demonstrate robotic systems with alternative rover locomotion modalities for use in off-world extreme lunar terrain applications.

Through this challenge, NASA seeks innovative ideas from the academic community for a wide range of alternative rover locomotion modalities to either enhance or replace traditional wheeled mobility systems that can expand our access to extreme terrain on the Moon and (later) on Mars. Teams should keep in mind that although the lunar surface presents unique challenges for mobility systems, its lower gravity may enable solutions that are not practical on Earth. Interested teams should submit proposals for non-traditional robotic assets with alternative modalities that could be achieved with rigid bodies, soft bodies, or morphing bodies. These modalities can include, but are not limited to: walking on “legs,” slithering, tumbling, hopping, magnetic or electrostatic levitation, ballistically deployed, etc.

More information can be found on the Big Idea Challenge found on their website.

Notice of intent due September 24, 2021

2022 RASC-AL Competition
Notification of Intent due: October 14, 2021

NASA is pioneering the future of space exploration as we extend humanity’s presence further into the solar system. The 2022 RASC-AL Competition is seeking undergraduate and graduate teams to develop new concepts that leverage innovation to improve our ability to operate on the moon, Mars, and beyond. This year’s themes range from operations for extending mobility and enabling sample return on the Moon to large-scale in-situ resource utilization of water on Mars. Each team’s response should address novel and robust applications to support expanding humanity’s ability to thrive beyond Earth.

More information can be found on the RASC-AL website.

Notification of Intent is due October 14, 2021

Resource links to check out:

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