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 is now accepting applications for our 2022-2023 awards until November 10, 2021. Let the MSGC Team know if you have any questions and (if applicable) make sure to reach out to your Campus Representative before you apply.

Save the Date!

Earth Science Week 2021- October 10th-16th. This years theme is “Water Today and for the Future.” https://myumi.ch/r8MM2

International Observe the Moon Night: October 16, 2021 https://myumi.ch/xmXO8

NASA SUITS 2022
Notice of Intent Due September 28, 2021
https://myumi.ch/xmqKm
NASA SUITS (Spacesuit User Interface Technologies for Students) challenges students to design and create spacesuit information displays within augmented reality (AR) environments. As NASA pursues Artemis – landing American astronauts on the Moon, the agency will accelerate investing in surface architecture and technology development. For exploration, it is essential that crewmembers on spacewalks are equipped with the appropriate human-autonomy enabling technologies necessary for the elevated demands of lunar surface exploration and extreme terrestrial access. The SUITS 2022 Challenges target key aspects of the Artemis mission.

 

2022 BIG Idea Challenge: Extreme Terrain Access for Mobility Platforms
Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 24
Entry Deadline: Jan. 18, 2022
https://myumi.ch/yKy0R
Teams of five to 25 students from Space Grant-affiliated colleges/universities are invited to submit proposals for a variety of alternative rover locomotion modalities to either enhance or replace traditional wheeled mobility systems that expand access to extreme terrain on the Moon. Selected teams will receive awards up to $180K to bring their ideas to life.

 

Be a Solar System Ambassador
Applications Due September 30
https://myumi.ch/dOmmX
The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers. Highly motivated enthusiasts nationwide are eligible to join.

 

NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge
Audience: Problem Solvers of All Ages
Event Date: Oct. 2-3
https://myumi.ch/r8zbr
NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge is celebrating its 10th year with its largest international hackathon yet. NASA is collaborating with nine international space agency partners to bring this year’s global hackathon to more communities. Coders, scientists, designers, storytellers, space enthusiasts, innovators, students and teachers worldwide are invited to engage with NASA’s free and open data to address real-world problems on Earth and in space.

 

2022 RASC-AL Competition
Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 14
Entry Deadline: March 1, 2022
https://myumi.ch/qgoYW
The 2022 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts — Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) engineering design competition invites university teams to develop new, innovative concepts that improve our ability to operate on the Moon, Mars and beyond. Entries must address one of four themes: Portable Utility Pallet, Universal Sample Containment System, Mars Water-Based In-Situ Resource Utilization Architecture or SuitPort Logistics Carrier. Thirteen to 15 teams will be chosen to present their concepts at the June 2022 RASC-AL Forum, where prototype demonstrations are highly encouraged.

 

Institute of Education Sciences: Digital Learning Challenge
Audience: Teams of innovators, including high school students, university groups, community-based organizations, families, and individuals
Stage 1 Team Proposals Due: Oct. 22, 2021
https://myumi.ch/nbEDr
The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences is sponsoring a $1M digital learning challenge with XPRIZE. The challenge will enable experiments that will transform understanding of successful educational processes and result in better experiences and outcomes for learners. The winning team will build infrastructure to conduct rapid, reproducible experiments and demonstrate the resilience and rigor of this infrastructure in a formal learning context.

 

First Nations Launch
Notice of Intent Due October 22, 2021
https://myumi.ch/0WQkl
NASA Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium’s First Nations Launch (FNL) National High-Power Rocket Competition is a NASA Artemis Student Challenge that provides an opportunity for students attending a Tribal College or University, a Native American-Serving Nontribal Institution (NASNTI), or who are members of an active American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) collegiate chapter to design, build, and fly a high-powered rocket to be launched at a competition at the Richard Bong State Recreational Area in Kansasville, WI.

 

Micro-g NExT
Proposals Due Oct 28, 2021
https://myumi.ch/PlbV4
Micro-g Neutral Buoyancy Experiment Design Teams (Micro-g NExT) challenges undergraduate students to design, build, and test a tool or device that addresses an authentic, current space exploration challenge. The overall experience includes hands-on engineering design, test operations, and public outreach. Test operations are conducted in the simulated microgravity environment of the NASA Johnson Space Center Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL). Teams will propose design and prototyping of a tool or simulant identified by NASA engineers as necessary in space exploration missions. Professional NBL divers will test the tools and students will direct the divers from the Test Conductor Room of the NBL facility. Micro-g NExT provides a unique opportunity to contribute to NASA’s missions. The 2021 Micro-g NExT challenges focus on aspects of the Artemis mission.

 

Decadal Survey on Biological and Physical Sciences Research in Space 2023-2032
Topical Whitepaper Deadline: Oct. 31
Research Campaign Whitepaper Deadline: Dec. 23
https://myumi.ch/r8ze7
The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine is seeking white papers for a decadal survey to formulate a community consensus about the most compelling science questions for the decade ahead. This community-driven process provides a rare opportunity for scientists and engineers to share their insights and help shape the scientific endeavors of the next decade.

 

CubeSat Launch Initiative Partnership Opportunity
Proposal Deadline: Nov. 19
https://myumi.ch/qgo10
NASA is seeking proposals for small satellite payloads to be launched between 2023 and 2026. The CubeSat Launch Initiative gives students, teachers and faculty a chance to get hands-on flight hardware development experience.

 

Over the Dusty Moon Student Design Challenge
Submissions Due Nov. 29, 2021
https://myumi.ch/BoGGj
The Over the Dusty Moon Challenge will address a topic of increasing practical concern as humans move toward a sustainable presence on the Moon’s surface. The challenge will task student teams to design, build and demonstrate a system that can convey lunar regolith (or soil) both horizontally and vertically. Regolith conveyance is a key technology to enable the use of lunar soil for resource processing, construction, and manufacturing on the Moon.


NASA Aeronautics Advanced Air Mobility Safety Poster Contest
Audience: Students in Grades 6-12
Entry Deadline: Oct. 15
https://myumi.ch/Plggz
Help NASA Aeronautics design safety posters for the Advanced Air Mobility Mission. This emerging air transportation system will forever change how people and cargo are moved. Safety is our first priority, and we invite students to share poster ideas.

 

Institute of Education Sciences: Digital Learning Challenge
Audience: Teams of innovators, including high school students, university groups, community-based organizations, families, and individuals
Stage 1 Team Proposals Due: Oct. 22, 2021
https://myumi.ch/nbEDr
The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences is sponsoring a $1M digital learning challenge with XPRIZE. The challenge will enable experiments that will transform understanding of successful educational processes and result in better experiences and outcomes for learners. The winning team will build infrastructure to conduct rapid, reproducible experiments and demonstrate the resilience and rigor of this infrastructure in a formal learning context.

 

2021-2022 Conrad Challenge
Registration Deadline: Nov. 5 at 11:59 p.m.
https://myumi.ch/wlkkQ
The Conrad Challenge offers a unique opportunity to a global community of students to collaborate and innovate virtually. Participants become entrepreneurial problem-solvers, addressing challenging social, scientific and societal issues through creativity and critical thinking. Teams of two to five students, ages 13-18, are invited to register and submit their investor pitches.

My NASA Data’s Guide to Instructional Strategies
https://myumi.ch/qgVV1
Are you an Earth science teacher starting a new school year? Are you looking for new ways to excite students about our planet? My NASA Data’s “Guide to Instructional Strategies” can help you find inspiration for bringing NASA data into your classroom.

 

Classroom Combo: Spacesuit Science (Pressure)
https://myumi.ch/2D33X
Use demonstrations, videos and other resources to explore air pressure from the perspective of how mobility is affected in pressurized NASA spacesuits.

 

Data Sonification: Sounds From Around the Milky Way
https://myumi.ch/yKoo5
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to “listen” your way across the universe? Sonifications from the Chandra X-ray Observatory team let you do just that.
Experience data from Chandra, Hubble and Spitzer in a whole new way. Perfect for audio learners and those who are visually impaired, but fun for everyone!

 

My NASA Data: Earth Systems Graphic Organizer
https://myumi.ch/jxAAo
Help your Earth science students shift from simply guessing to figuring it out with the My NASA Data graphic organizer. Support visual learners with this easy-to-use tool, available in multiple formats for in-person and virtual learning.

 

NASA TechRise Virtual Field Trip
Audience: Educators and Students in Grades 6-12, Parents and Caregivers
Sept. 24, 12pm – 4 pm
https://myumi.ch/xmYYG
Students and grades 6-12 classes are invited to take a virtual field trip with NASA TechRise. Register and RSVP to drop in anytime between noon and 4 p.m. EDT to see guest speakers, including NASA astronaut Reid Wiseman and Dr. Raven the Science Maven. Participants can take part in a moderated Q&A chat with NASA experts, view demonstrations of sample NASA TechRise experiment ideas and explore a virtual expo hall.

 

Be a Solar System Ambassador
Applications Due September 30
https://myumi.ch/dOmmX
The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a nationwide network of space enthusiast volunteers. Highly motivated enthusiasts nationwide are eligible to join.

 

Women Rock Science
Thursday, October 7, 2021
https://myumi.ch/pd99E
Help bring more STEAM programming to Pre-K through 12 students and celebrate women in STEAM at the 4th annual Women Rock Science gala.

 

Earth Science Week 2021 Toolkit Available Now
https://myumi.ch/r8MM2
The toolkit contains many educational and media resources to support activities for Earth Science Week 2021 (October 10-16), which celebrates the theme “Water Today and for the Future.” The toolkit is free and available for the cost of shipping and handling. Pay just $8.50 to receive the first toolkit and $2.25 for each additional toolkit in the United States