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April 2017 Newsletter
Mathematics Awareness Month

RockOn 2017

RockOn is a workshop to teach undergraduate students how to build a sounding rocket payload. Teams of three will use a kit to build their payload over three days and will launch them at the end of the workshop. RockOn is organized by the Space Grants of Colorado and Virginia. More information about RockOn and registration can be found here. The GSGC has scholarship funding available for students, so if one of your students would like to attend please have them send a cover letter, resume and unofficial transcript to gsgc@gatech.edu.

NASA Solar Eclipse Workshop

The United States will experience a solar eclipse on August 21, 2017. Marshall Space Flight center in Huntsville, AL will be hosting an in-person professional development opportunity on May 6, 2017 in preparation.  This will be a great opportunity to get ready for other events that the Georgia Space Grant will be hosting closer to the eclipse date and for the actual eclipse.  For more information please click here.

Museum of Aviation

The Georgia NASA Regional Educator Resource Center at the Museum of Aviation is conducting a STEM & the Systems Engineering Model Professional Development Workshop for 6th -12th grade educators on April 29, 2017. No fee is required to participate.  For more info or to register please click here.

Affiliate Project Highlight

A group of researchers from Mercer University in Macon, GA visited Putnam county High School in Eatonton, GA, for an education outreach opportunity in collaboration together with NASA Education. Dr. Anthoni Choi and his lab group at Mercer University are working with high altitude balloons to develop a reliable and inexpensive method for launching small payloads to the very edge of the earth's atmosphere. The goal is to provide launch services for both STEM outreach and for scientists and engineers working on serious research.
The most recent launch of this system took place on March 23, 2017 at Putnam County High School in conjunction on a presentation by NASA Education. This was followed by a drone demonstration and the balloon launch.
The balloon launch went well, considering weather conditions were far from ideal. The students in attendance from Putnam county we very inquisitive and learned quite a bit about high altitude ballooning from Dr. Choi and his team.
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