July-August 2021

Welcome Back to School to
Georgia Students and Educators
The Georgia Space Grant Consortium (GSGC) would like to wish Georgia students and educators a great and productive school year. GSGC has exciting plans for the 2021-2022 school year. Be sure that you are following GSGC on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter to be kept up to date with all of the STEM events and updates happening across the state, as well as nationally. You can also let GSGC know what your STEM plans are for this school year by using the hashtag #GSGCSTEM2021

STEP 2021:
Mars Rover Challenge

The Daniel Guggenheim School of Aerospace Engineering hosted 21 Georgia high school students, covering 10 different Georgia counties, as a part of the 2021 Science, Technology, and Engineering Pipeline (STEP) program, held June 14 - July 1. 

Sponsored by Aerospace Systems Design Lab (ASDL), Georgia Space Grant ConsortiumLockheed Martin, and NASA University Leadership Initiative (ULI), the STEP program challenges high school students to engineer solutions to real-world NASA missions and serves as a stepping stone to the world of engineering. The 2021 cohort also featured a presentation competition sponsored by Georgia Tech’s CREATE-X, which awarded an Amazon Echo Show to Nikhil Dasari and Rossy Dang for creating the most enthusiastic and creative presentations.

Amy Hudnall, the Director of the Center of Innovation for Aerospace at the Georgia Department for Economic Development, was able to attend the final presentations the afternoon of July 1st. She said of the program,"What an enjoyable set of presentations. Kudos to you [the STEP camp Sponsors] for giving this group of students such an amazing experience, and the presentation practice to tell us about their experiences so clearly, succinctly and enthusiastically!"

You may read more about the summer camp on the GT School of Aerospace Engineering website. 

The student's Presentations can be found on the GSGC YouTube channel.

Museum of Aviation:
Georgia STEM Educator Conference

Georgia Educator STEM Conference hosted by the Educator Resource Center:

August 28, 2021 

Hybrid In-House & Virtual Conference
 For Pre-K-12 In-Service, Pre-Service, Home School & Informal Educators
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
In House Conference: $30 per participant, includes lunch and activity supplies, will be held at the Museum of Aviation, Warner Robins, GA in the Century of Flight Hangar. 

Virtual Conference: $15 per participant, link will be sent to registrants 1-2 days prior to event date.
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.

NASA Tech Rise Challenge

Are you ready to get hands-on with a NASA project next school year? In August, the NASA TechRise Student Challenge will start accepting entries. Teachers are welcome to pre-register now and we will email you with more TechRise content, including curricula, summer workshops, and events as they become available. 

The Challenge
From remote sensing and climate research, to microgravity experiments and technologies to explore the Moon, schools are invited to join NASA in its mission to advance space exploration and enhance our knowledge of Earth. If you are in 6th to 12th grade at a U.S. public, private, or charter school next school year, your challenge is to team up with your schoolmates and design a research or technology experiment no larger than 4in x 4in x 8in for one of the following flight test vehicles:
  • Suborbital rocket with about 3 minutes of microgravity (i.e., zero-gravity or weightlessness)
  • High-altitude balloon with more than 4 hours of flight time at 70,000 feet or higher with exposure to Earth’s atmosphere and views of the planet
There will be two educator workshops held on July 28 and on August 11. 

For more information or to register please visit the TechRise Website


NASA TechLeap Prize — Autonomous Observation Challenge No. 1

The NASA TechLeap Prize aims to rapidly advance technologies for space exploration and Earth observation. The current phase, Autonomous Observation Challenge No. 1 is looking for SmallSat observation technologies that can autonomously detect, locate, track and collect data on transient events- both on earth and beyond. Winners may receive awards of up to $500,000 each, and NASA intends  to provide winners who successfully develop their payloads with suborbital flight tests. 

Audience: Academic Institutions, Entrepreneurs and Innovators Ages 18+
Registration Deadline: July 28
Registration information can be found on the TechLeap website and the registration page

Upcoming NASA Student and Educator Webinars

Webinar: NASA STEM — Explore the Sun's Energy and Sun Protection

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore interesting things NASA has learned about the Sun in the last decade. The webinar will take place on July 20 at 4:30 p.m. EDT.

Webinar: Explore Aero Tech — Scalable Traffic Management for Emergency Response Operations

Join the NASA STEM Engagement & Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Texas State University for a free 60-minute webinar to explore ways uncrewed aircraft systems can assist in rapid emergency response situations. The webinar will take place on July 22 at 6 p.m. EDT.

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