Updates

 

Upcoming Opportunities 

There are quite a few upcoming opportunities happening over the next couple of months and the MSGC team wants to make sure that you are updated on the latest challenges, programs, internships, contests etc. 

Let the MSGC team know if you plan on participating by sending an email to mispacegrant@umich.edu.

MSGC’s Fall Conference on October 17, 2020 has gone virtual this year! Registration is now open until September 25. Find out more about our annual event here: https://www.mispacegrant.org/fall-conference/

Our application cycle is officially open! We are accepting applications until November 11, 2020 for funding opportunities May 2021 – April 2022. Find out more about our opportunities on our website, www.mispacegrant.org and feel free to reach out with any questions.

Space Apps 2020

Virtual Event October 2-4, 2020

https://www.spaceappschallenge.org

World’s largest global hackathon, engaging thousands of citizens across the globe to use NASA’s open data to build innovative solutions to challenges we face on Earth and in space. Participant registration will open in mid-August.

 

University Student Design Challenge

Applications close Friday, October 16, 2020

http://myumi.ch/3q39m

Glenn Research Center cordially invites teams of undergraduate students to engage with its scientists and engineers in the 2020-2021 offering of FY21 University Students Design Challenge, USDC–5. The Challenge features two Space-themed projects both of which encourage teams of participating students to creatively and innovatively solve specific problems to benefit NASA mission needs. 

 

SPOCS

Proposals Due October 20, 2020 at 5pm.

http://myumi.ch/DEeXB

Student Payload Opportunity with Citizen Science (SPOCS) is an opportunity for a team of Artemis Generation students enrolled in institutions of higher learning to design and build an experiment to fly to and return from the International Space Station. 

 

2021 NASA SUITS Challenge

Team Proposals Due October 21, 2020

http://myumi.ch/O4zbR

NASA SUITS (Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students) challenges students to design and create spacesuit information displays within augmented reality (AR) environments. Letter of Intent is due September 30, 2020.

 

2021 Micro-g NExT Challenge

Proposals Due October 30, 2020

http://myumi.ch/1pvyM

Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams challenges undergraduate students to design and build prototype mission hardware like spacewalk tools. The student designed prototypes are tested in the simulated microgravity environment of NASA’s 6.2-million-gallon indoor pool – the Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) in Houston, where astronauts train for spacewalks.

 

NASA Postdoctoral Program (NPP)

Applications Due November 1, 2020

https://npp.usra.edu

The NPP fellows work on 1 to 3 year assignments with NASA scientists and engineers at NASA centers and institutes to advance NASA’s missions in earth science, heliophysics, planetary science, astrophysics, space bioscience, aeronautics, engineering, human exploration and space operations, astrobiology, and science management.

 

2021 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

Registration Opens October 8, 2020

Registration Closes November 5, 2020

http://myumi.ch/xmPyl

Each year, the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge features an engineering design challenge to engage students worldwide in the next phase of human space exploration. The annual event is a more complex follow-up to the successful NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race. The competition challenges high school and college students to create a vehicle designed to traverse the simulated surface of another world. 

 

NASA’s BIG Idea Challenge

Proposals Due December 14, 2020

http://bigidea.nianet.org

The 2021 Lunar Dust Challenge is now open for applications. Notice of Intent Due 9.25.2020. Q&A Session 10.14.2020.

 

NASA’s RASC-AL Competition

Proposals due March 4, 2021

http://rascal.nianet.org

The 2021 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts – Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) Competition is seeking proposals for new concepts that leverage innovation to improve our ability to operate in space and on distant bodies as we extend humanity’s presence further into the solar system. Notice of intent is due October 15, 2020.


LIVE Story Time from the ISS

Monday September 21, 2020 at 11:30am

http://myumi.ch/51V8V

Join us for the first Story Time from Space LIVE, yes LIVE reading from the International Space Station!!! Read along with astronaut Chris Cassidy as we follow the extreme adventures of Willow the Water Bear. Afterwards we meet the author, chat with a scientist studying Tardigrades (coolest little creatures around), and chat with more astronauts as we take your questions during the live stream!

 

CIRES/NOAA Science@Home Speaker Series

September 22nd at 3:00pm Joshua Schwarz will present: Fires! Smoke! Airplanes! Action! How We’re Learning About Wildfires and Crop Burning Smoke.

September 29th at 3:00pm Mel Zhang will present: Seismology: What it is and How I Got Into it

http://myumi.ch/wlK17

This series is intended to connect middle and high school students and classrooms that are now in the virtual/remote learning landscape with scientists. Each webinar features a 10-15 minute presentation by a scientist about how they got into science, what they do as a scientist, and what it is that they research, followed by 10-15 minutes of live Q&A. These webinars will be held weekly on Tuesdays at 3:00pm during the fall semester. The full schedule is on the website.

 

CTE Mission: CubeSat

Proposals Due October 16, 2020

http://myumi.ch/wlKvn

The U.S. Department of Education invites high schools to design and build CubeSat prototypes — in the classroom or at home. Times may be uncertain, but our STEM workforce needs are not going away. The challenge is providing students new learning opportunities to develop engineering, computer science, project management, and other skills for careers in aerospace and many other industries. Virtual educational resources from Arduino, LEGO Education, MIT Media Lab Space Exploration Initiative, NASA, and others are available to all schools, and up to five finalists will each receive $5,000 and additional in-kind prizes.

 

Family Cloud Challenge

http://myumi.ch/K4zNP

The Family Cloud Challenge is a list of activities and videos you can do, watch, and interact with as a family to see how many you can complete! Use the NASA GLOBE Clouds Choice Chart to keep track of activities and see who can shade the most clouds!

 

Send a Postcard to Space!

https://clubforfuture.org 

Club for Future is giving K-12 students the opportunity to send a postcard that will fly in space and then be returned to them!

 

2021 Human Exploration Rover Challenge

Registration Opens October 8, 2020

Registration Closes November 5, 2020

http://myumi.ch/xmPyl

Each year, the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge features an engineering design challenge to engage students worldwide in the next phase of human space exploration. The annual event is a more complex follow-up to the successful NASA’s Great Moonbuggy Race. The competition challenges high school and college students to create a vehicle designed to traverse the simulated surface of another world. 

 

2021 Drop Tower Challenge

Proposals due November 10, 2020

http://myumi.ch/E38M8

Teams of grade 9-12 students are challenged to design and build simple devices using capillary flow (only) to eject water droplets as far as possible while the devices fall down NASA’s 2.2 Second Drop Tower.

 

The Artemis Moon Pod Essay Contest

Entries are due December 17, 2020

http://myumi.ch/Nxg0P

Challenging K-12 students to imagine what it would be like to lead a one-week expedition at the Moon’s South Pole. What skills, attributes and/or personality traits would an astronaut need for a successful mission 250,000 miles from Earth? What technology would be good to leave on the lunar surface to help future astronauts explore the Moon?


Psyche Inspired Internship – Notified by September 11, 2020

NASA’s Lunar Loo Challenge – Winners Announced September 30, 2020

2020 CineSpace – Finalists will be notified on or before October 31, 2020

 


International Observe the Moon Night September 26, 2020

World Space Week October 4-10, 2020

Solar Week October 12-16, 2020

MSGC Fall Conference October 17, 2020

MSGC 2021-2022 Applications due November 11, 2020