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August - September 2020

 GOT Space:

Georgia Outreach Team for Space
K-12 educators: submit your request to GSGC's Georgia Outreach Team for Space via the GOT Space website to request a GOT Space Ambassador present / demonstrate to your class.

The GOT Space program engages and excites K-12 students in STEM related concepts with SPACE being the motivator. These visits are being done remotely via live video conferencing software in the Fall due to COVID-19.

Please reach out to gsgc@gatech.edu with any questions. 

Congratulations to Albany State University

Congratulations to Albany State University and Dr. Arun Saha, GSGC Affiliate Director and ASU Physics and Engineering Professor, on their recent National Science Foundation (NSF) award for an NSF Catalyst Project on the design, fabrication and testing of a cost-effective microwave absorber. This project is a product of a previously funded GSGC program at ASU (titled "Microwave Absorber with Metamaterial"), where those research results enabled Dr. Saha to pursue larger research opportunities. 

“Undergraduate students will gain experience in using a state-of-the-art 3D electromagnetic simulation software, and in the operation of the Vector Network Analyzer. Material property engineering is the key in this research. Electrical property of any dielectric material (such as Teflon, plastic, etc.) that is naturally available, can be adjusted to any value by printing pre-designed metal patterns on it. In the current project, this engineered material will be used in designing a microwave absorber, which will absorb a frequency of incident electromagnetic wave. This engineered material will find application to absorb harmful radiation (if any) from 5G antennas,” said Dr. Saha.

To learn more about Dr. Saha's program, please read the article published in the Albany Herald.

Agnes Scott College's Bradley Observatory 
"Life in the Universe" Open House (virtual) August 14, 2020 at 8PM

The Bradley Observatory's first "pre-season" Zoom Open House event, "Life in the Universe" is scheduled for August 14, 2020 at 8:00PM.  Click here to register for the event

Bradley Observatory's first virtual open house event will feature Tony J. Beasley, director of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory. After receiving his Doctorate in Astrophysics from the University of Sydney, Beasley joined NRAO as a Postdoctoral Fellow in 1991. He was appointed Deputy Assistant Director in 1997 and then Assistant Director from 1998 to 2000. He left NRAO to become Project Manager for the Combined Array for Research in Millimeter-wave Astronomy (CARMA). In 2004, he returned to NRAO as an Assistant Director, this time as Project Manager for the Atacama Large Millimeter/submillimeter Array (ALMA) in Chile. In 2008, Beasley became the Chief Operating Officer and Project Manager of the National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON). He was appointed NRAO Director in February, 2012.

NASA's 2021 BIG IDEA Challenge

The Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an initiative supporting NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate’s Game Changing Development Program’s efforts to rapidly mature innovative and high-impact capabilities and technologies for infusion in a broad array of future NASA missions.

The 2021 BIG Idea Challenge provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to design, build, and test novel dust mitigation (or dust tolerant) technologies that could be used for lunar applications. This competition is intended to be an open innovation challenge with minimal constraints so that proposing teams can genuinely create and develop out-of-the-box solutions. Through this challenge, NASA seeks innovative ideas from the academic community for a wide range of lunar dust mitigation solutions for issues including reducing dust clouds upon landing, dust removal from spacesuits and other surfaces, dust obstruction of optical systems, and reducing in-cabin particulate levels, among others.

Interested teams are encouraged to submit a Notice of Intent (NOI) by September 25, 2020. Also visit the 2021 Deliverables page on the BIG Idea website to see all dates and deadlines.

NOTE: The BIG Idea Challenge is open to teams from accredited U.S.-based colleges and universities officially affiliated with their state’s Space Grant Consortium. Non-Space Grant affiliated colleges/universities may partner with a Space Grant affiliated academic institution who takes a primary role on the project (i.e., the Space-Grant affiliated university must submit the proposal on behalf of the joint team).

Summer 2020 STEP Program at Georgia Tech

GSGC hosted their first ever virtual summer camp program. The Science, Technology, and Engineering Pipeline (STEP) Summer Internship Program is a program that is sponsored by Lockheed Martin and GSGC in partnership with the Aerospace Systems Design Lab (ASDL) at Georgia Tech's School of Aerospace Engineering. STEP is an educational outreach program designed to provide hands-on summer engineering internships to Atlanta-area high school students. STEP students work with a mentor to solve a challenge problem, and present the results to parents, teachers, faculty, and industry representatives at a poster session at the end of the program.

While the STEP program is typically held on Georgia Tech's campus in ASDL's workspace, this summer GSGC worked with ASDL to innovate and provide a remote experience where each student who had already registered had the option to participate remotely. This year's challenge program tasked students with building a Mars Rovers from identical materials sent to them prior to the first day.

Read more about the success of this year's STEP program on Georgia Tech's School of Aerospace Engineering news article. The article also includes direct links to each student's final presentation posted to GSGC's YouTube channel.

Upcoming events for students and educators

GSGC's new interactive livestream series
  • Live Q&A Aircraft Design - August 5, 2020 11:00 AM
    • Led by Millika Misra, GT Aerospace Systems Design Lab (ASDL) undergraduate research assistant
    • Engage via YouTube or Facebook
  • Live Q&A The Hubble Space TelescopeAugust 18, 2020 4:00 PM
    • Led by Elizabeth Tammi, NASA Goddard, GSGC sponsored NASA Center Intern Summer '19, Mercer University May '20
    • Engage via YouTube or Facebook
  • Live Q&A Urban Air MobilitySeptember 15, 2020 at 4:00 PM 
    • Olatunde Sanni, Georgia Tech Research Institute, GSGC Fellow alum, GT Aerospace Engineering PhD student
    • Engage via YouTube or Facebook

Museum of Aviation's National STEM Academy
  • 10th GA NASA STEM Educator Conference (virtual)September 26, 2020  
    • Details will be posted on the Museum of Aviation's Education Center by September 1st

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