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May- June 2022

Lunabotics Junior Contest winners announced

NASA has chosen two students as winners of the Lunabotics Junior Contest, a national competition for K-12 students featuring the agency’s Artemis missions. Contestants were charged with designing a robot that can dig and move lunar soil, or regolith, from one area of the lunar South Pole to a holding container near a future Artemis moon base.

Congratulations to fifteen-year-old Shriya Sawant of Cumming, Georgia, who was the winner from grades 6-12 with her RAD: Regolith Accretion Device design. 

Read more about the competition and winners here.

Museum of Aviation Educator Workshop Series

The 2021-2022 STEM Educator Workshop Series continues on May 14, 2022!  Stipends of $25.00 are available to educators who attend the workshop in-person at the Museum of Aviation. Please share this information with your colleagues.

Register here

Partner Highlight: PinkSTEM

PinkSTEM is a program that is based in the metro-Atlanta area that was founded in 2012 that focuses on helping girls break through systematic barriers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by encouraging them to explore those fields. PinkSTEM empowers girls and equips them to navigate beyond any under-representation, disadvantage, and/or disability. 

PinkSTEM hosts a variety of programs and camps that can be found on the programs tab of their website. These programs range from summer camps and private tutoring to conventions, festivals, and galas. 

Learn more about PinkSTEM's work here.

Jovian Safari, Presented by Tracy Drain
05/19/2022 06:30 PM - 07:30 PM ET

 

What is it like being an engineer helping scientists make discoveries about our Solar System? Often challenging, sometimes hair-raising, occasionally mind-blowing… and always deeply rewarding. Tracy Drain describes her path to becoming a Systems Engineer working on deep space missions for NASA, and offers a behind-the-scenes glimpse of two of the missions she has participated in during her career. Come and hear some adventures from Jun (in orbit around Jupiter since 2016) and Europa Clipper (working towards a 2024 launch, heading back to the Jovian neighborhood - but this time to study an ice-shelled, water-rich moon).

Tracy Drain is a Systems Engineer at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Her interest in space grew from an early love of science fiction – she soaked up Star Trek, Star Wars, Battlestar Galactica, and various sci-fi books by the armload. She earned degrees in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Kentucky and Georgia Tech and landed a full-time position at JPL in 2000. In her 20 years at the lab, she has participated in the development and/or operation of the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (a science/relay orbiter at Mars), the Kepler mission (an exoplanet hunter), the Juno mission to Jupiter, and the Psyche mission (to study an asteroid). She is currently the Lead Flight Systems Engineer for the Europa Clipper mission, which is slated to launch in 2024 to explore one of the most scientifically exciting icy moons of Jupiter. Tracy relishes playing a role in helping scientists expand our understanding of the universe and loves sharing her passion for space with people of all ages.

Register to attend here.

2022 CineSpace Short Film Competition

NASA and the Houston Cinema Arts Society invite professional and aspiring filmmakers to share their works using NASA imagery. The CineSpace competition will accept all genres, including narrative, documentary, comedy, drama, animation, and more. Entries must be no longer than 10 minutes, and at least 10 percent of the film must use NASA archival footage to create unique NASA-inspired film masterpieces.

Submissions featuring real NASA footage from more than 60 years of space exploration will be judged on creativity, innovation, and attention to detail. As in previous years, filmmakers will compete for $26,000 in cash prizes, with awards going to the top three overall winners and winners of two special categories: Education Film That Inspires the Next Generation to Join the STEM Workforce and Film That Best Depicts Unity and Inclusion. Entries are due July 15.

Watch the promo video.

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