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.

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.

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 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.


Free Webinar: Implementing Culturally Responsive Teaching

October 28, 2020 at 9pm

http://myumi.ch/DER0P

Steven is the Education Specialist working with NASA’s Educator Professional Development Collaborative at Johnson Space Center in Houston. He is a Lead for the Commercial Crew Next Generation STEM Pilot, currently in development, and works on the Moon to Mars team. His primary work supports educators inspiring the next generation from historically disenfranchised groups, helping create culturally responsive lessons that engage students previously left out of the work NASA does. He holds degrees from the University of Washington, Georgia College and State University, Macon State College, and BYU. Prior to NASA, Steven worked in K-12 education for 20 years. 

 

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 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.

 

NASA’s App Development Challenge (ADC)

Video Submissions Due November 18, 2020

http://myumi.ch/WwVyw

ADC is a coding challenge where NASA presents technical problems to middle and high school students seeking student contributions to future exploration missions. students work in teams to develop an app that visualizes the South Pole region of the Moon. Teams will utilize lunar terrain data to create a visualization that displays essential information for navigation and communication. Teams will post videos of their app solutions online for consideration by NASA to use in future mission planning activities. Teams with favorable submissions advance to present their app in an interview with engineers and scientists working with NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) team. After interviews, NASA will select the Top Team(s) for a culminating event experience in Feb. 2021.

 

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?

 

Plant the Moon Challenge

Registration opens November 1, 2020

Registration closes January 15, 2021 

http://myumi.ch/88MVG

Design and conduct a set of plant growth experiments using lunar soil simulant from the

University of Central Florida’s Exolith Lab. Report your experimental parameters and results to

help NASA scientists understand how to use lunar soil to provide nutritious crops for future

Moon missions! All participants with completed projects will be invited to showcase their projects at a virtual symposium with NASA scientists, program executives, and other dignitaries. Participants will receive a Plant the Moon Project Kit.


NASA’s Lunar Loo Challenge – Winners Announced October 21, 2020

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


MSGC 2021-2022 Applications due November 11, 2020

NASA Internship Spring 2021 Deadline to apply is November 6, 2020