April-May 2020

Space Grant's 30th Anniversary Celebration

Georgia Space Grant Consortium (GSGC) joined 24 fellow Space Grants in the Foyer of the Rayburn House Office Building on February 25, 2020 for a Program Showcase. GSGC invited three students from the Georgia Outreach Team for Space (GOT Space) to feature their specialized presentations to Congress, NASA, and other Space Grants.
Emma Pearson,  a 4th year undergraduate Physics major at Kennesaw State University explained her research on detection of elementary particles from cosmic rays. Justin Robinson, an Astrophysics PhD candidate at Georgia State University, put people on Mars with his Virtual Reality head sets. While, Carson Coursey, a 2nd year undergraduate Aerospace Engineer at Georgia Tech, broke down rocket science, using paper rockets since they would not allow his team's 14 ft. tall rocket into a Capitol Building..
These students also had the opportunity to meet with various members of congress as well as hear from members of NASA leadership. Each did a wonderful job representing GSGC and GOT Space and their home institution.  

 GOT Space:

The Georgia Space Grant Consortium will be hosting a couple "Ask Me Anything" live events on Tuesday April 7, 2020 and Tuesday April 14, 2020 at 2pm EST via YouTube. These live events will be hosted by GOT Space Ambassadors Carson Coursey (Georgia Tech) and Justin Robinson (Georgia State). 
Carson: April 7, 2020 2pm EDT
Tune in to learn about rocketry and aerospace engineering! Georgia Tech undergrad Carson Coursey talks about rockets he's built in the past, as well as his time at Georgia Tech studying aerospace engineering and how he got there. He'll also answers questions about rockets, big and small, such as: how they work, how fast they go, why they fly, etc.
Justin: April 14, 2020 2pm EDT
Will focus on the first REAL image of a supermassive blackhole that we've ever gotten. The image, released in April of last year, is the first of its kind, meaning it is the first image created from real data taken by telescopes spread across the globe, effectively creating a telescope that's as big as the surface of the Earth. The image from Messier 87 (the galaxy that houses this black hole) is a huge leap forward in terms of our theories about black holes, how they behave, and how they interact with things around them. First thing's first, though, we need to understand the basics. I'll first talk about what black holes are, how they form, and how we can detect them. Next up, I'll describe how we think matter would behave if it gets too close to a black hole that's as massive as M87's. Lastly, I'll show simulations from other scientists that describe all that must be going on in the center of M87 to produce the specific image we got.

Learn more about GOT Space here.

Home School Resources

Georgia Space Grant Consortium's number one goal is helping educate Georgia's students. As such we have put together a list of home school resources that can be found on our website. These are resources that will benefit parents who are now homeschooling their children due to COVID 19 quarantine. On the web page you will find a list of virtual experiences, activities and experiments, as well as a list of home school resources. GSGC will update this page as more resources become available. 

NASA STEM at home
Launch rockets, build a hover craft, create a winning science project and more! NASA has put together a wide range of activities that can be done at home to stimulate the scientist in your student. These Science, Technology, Engineering and Math activities engage the whole family. Visit NASA STEM @home  for a full list of experiments, activities and other content.

GSGC Updates

In 2019 GSGC served more than 12,000 K-12 students, 1300 K-12 educators, 900 undergraduate students. They also awarded 59 fellowships, scholarships, and internships, as well as impacting more than 9,000 community members across the state. You can learn more about GSGC and our affiliates in our Annual Report where you can see the GSGC accomplishments and more impact numbers for 2019. We are proud to have grown in 2019.

Along with our Annual Report 
GSGC has also begun publishing student success stories on our website. GSGC is excited to share these with you. Are you a GSGC alumni and want to share your story? Email us at

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