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

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Save the Date! MSGC’s 2022 Fall Conference is on October 22nd at BSRB in Ann Arbor. Keep an eye on the conference webpage over the summer as details are being finalized and added. Registration opens August 16th. https://buff.ly/3H9Kv2G

Invisible Network Podcast Highlights STEM Opportunity
Audience: All Curious Learners
https://myumi.ch/xdgjj
Do you know what it takes for NASA to communicate with spacecraft far from Earth, sometimes billions of miles away? Tune in to a new season of NASA’s The Invisible Network podcast to discover how the agency’s Deep Space Network receives data from the far reaches of the solar system and even interstellar space.

 

NASA Planetary Defense Overview: STEM and Public Engagement Webinar
Webinar Date: July 28 at 1 p.m.
https://myumi.ch/wMg9z
Near-Earth objects are asteroids and comets that orbit the Sun like the planets, but their orbits can bring them into Earth’s neighborhood. The NASA Planetary Defense Program tracks these objects and develops mitigation strategies to protect life and property. Join NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement, Science Mission Directorate, and Office of Communications for an overview of NASA’s plans for a major planetary defense test this fall. Participants will learn about opportunities to use mission content in experiences designed to engage students, educators, families, and the public.

 

NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges: Summer 2022
Audience: Amateur Astronomers of All Ages
Entry Deadline: July 31
https://myumi.ch/jxXRN
Join NASA’s Universe of Learning for an exciting opportunity to use real astronomical data and tools to create your own images of the eruptive star system Eta Carinae, and the dusty nebula in which it resides – the Carina Nebula. Capture your own real-time telescope image of the Carina Nebula using the Micro Observatory robotic telescope network, NASA space telescope missions (Chandra and Spitzer), and the ground based NOIRLab’s Curtis Schmidt Telescope. You can also work with an archived set of data files of Eta Carinae, taken with two multiwavelength NASA space telescope missions (Hubble and Chandra) and ground-based observations from Carnegie’s Magellan Telescope.

 

NASA Earth Science in Action Comic Strip Contest
Entries due August 13th
https://myumi.ch/6Nb19
Artists ages 14 and older from around the world are invited to capture stories of Earth science in action. Select one of three stories about how NASA Earth science satellite data helps communities address environmental challenges. Use your creativity to create a hand-drawn or digital art comic strip to illustrate the story. Artwork will be judged by a panel of comic artists, illustrators, astronauts, and scientists. Winning entries will be visible on NASA social media as well as SciArt Exchange digital and in-person display events. Top winners also will receive a personalized trophy and certificate. 

 

University Leadership Initiative (ULI)
Proposals Due: August 30, 2022
https://myumi.ch/Z6z82
NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate’s University Leadership Initiative provides the opportunity for university teams to exercise leadership in proposing technical challenges, defining multidisciplinary solutions, establishing peer review mechanisms, and applying innovative strategies to strengthen research impact. Multiple awards are anticipated with nominal annual budgets in the $1 to 2 million range per award. Awards will have a maximum duration of four years.

 

FLOATing DRAGON Balloon Challenge
Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 15
Entry Deadline: Oct. 20
https://myumi.ch/G1MRe
The FLOATing DRAGON (Formulate, Lift, Observe, and Testing: Data Recovery and Guided On-board Node) Balloon Challenge asks collegiate students to develop a concept and preliminary prototype for a system capable of delivering a data vault to the ground in a guided, safe manner. Four teams will be awarded $5,000 each to build their data recovery prototypes and conduct a test drop of their system in New Mexico in August 2023. The winning team may have an opportunity to integrate their system into official NASA development.

 

NASA’s Break the Ice Lunar Challenge: Phase 2
Entry Deadline: Sept. 30
https://myumi.ch/mn3Y1
NASA has launched Phase 2 of the Break the Ice Lunar Challenge to seek innovative ideas for excavating the Moon’s icy regolith, or dirt, and delivering acquired resources in the extreme conditions at the lunar South pole. This technology will help support a sustained human presence on the Moon by the end of the decade. In Phase 2 of the challenge, teams will be asked to design, build, and test an icy regolith excavation system prototype and an icy regolith transportation system prototype to maximize resource delivery while minimizing energy use and the mass of equipment delivered to the lunar surface. A prize pool of up to $3,000,000 will be awarded to the challenge winners.

 

Nationwide Eclipse Ballooning Project (NEBP)
Proposals Due October 28, 2022
https://myumi.ch/J8N7E
In partnership with the NASA Space Grant network and funded by the NASA Science Mission Directorate Science Activation program, the NEBP requests proposals from higher education institution faculty and/or other adult mentors to lead a team of students through a mission involving learning and stratospheric ballooning campaigns during the October 14, 2023 annular and April 8, 2024 total solar eclipses. NEBP requests proposals to 1) ensure potential teams are thinking about and planning for necessary participation actions and 2) capture essential agreements that allow us to grant substantial equipment, supplies, and support to participating institutions.

 

NASA Innovation Corps™ Pilot
Audience: Teams with at Least Three Members from Higher Education (two- to four-year institutions) or Nonprofit Institutions
Proposal Deadline: March 29, 2023
https://myumi.ch/Aw6nn
In partnership with the National Science Foundation, NASA’s Science and Space Technology Mission Directorates offer a new pathway to participate in Innovation Corps (I-Corps)™. The NASA I-Corps™ Pilot aims to accelerate the transition of promising ideas from the lab to the marketplace while encouraging collaboration between academia and industry. The NASA I-Corps™ Pilot will support teams with access to training in innovation and entrepreneurship skills through a grant, up to $10K, and the opportunity to apply for additional funding, up to $40K. Proposals may be submitted at any time through March 29, 2023, but applications will be reviewed in intervals on the following dates: July 22, 2022; Sept. 16, 2022; Nov. 17, 2022; and Jan 20, 2023.


Aeronautics Flight Log
Deadline: July 27, 2022
https://myumi.ch/ky9Pk
Join NASA and fly your name through the clouds on its DC-8 aircraft. Outfitted with several instruments, NASA’s DC-8 will gather data on ice crystal icing conditions in convective storms for NASA’s High Ice Water Content campaign. 

 

3D Astronomy: No 3D Printer? No Problem
https://myumi.ch/qA9wg
Make your own exploded star out of paper to better understand the three-dimensionality of phenomena often shown as 2D images. This scaffolded, hands-on activity uses printable templates and fine motor skills to create books that open up to reveal 360-degree 3D models of a supernova. This project from NASA’s Chandra X-ray Observatory and Universe of Learning teams can be modified for varying levels of complexity. Use the craft as a launching point to explore the science of stellar evolution and supernova explosions or learn about math concepts involving angles.

 

NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges: Summer 2022
Audience: Amateur Astronomers of All Ages
Entry Deadline: July 31
https://myumi.ch/jxXRN
Join NASA’s Universe of Learning for an exciting opportunity to use real astronomical data and tools to create your own images of the eruptive star system Eta Carinae, and the dusty nebula in which it resides – the Carina Nebula. Capture your own real-time telescope image of the Carina Nebula using the Micro Observatory robotic telescope network, NASA space telescope missions (Chandra and Spitzer), and the ground based NOIRLab’s Curtis Schmidt Telescope. You can also work with an archived set of data files of Eta Carinae, taken with two multiwavelength NASA space telescope missions (Hubble and Chandra) and ground-based observations from Carnegie’s Magellan Telescope.

Space A.G.E. Mission Patch Contest
Entry Deadline: July 31
https://myumi.ch/7eM9N
The Space A.G.E. Mission Patch will allow teams to take part in a time-honored tradition of spaceflight missions, as well as create a unique graphic intity for this research project. This contest is open to all middle- and high school-aged youth in the US. (Limit 1 submission per contestant). The winner of the contest will not only have their artwork represent the mission, research, and team with the official Space A.G.E. Mission Patch but they will also be recognized during our live stream coverage of the Space A.G.E. mission on launch day!

 

NASA TechRise Student Challenge
Expected to Launch in Early August
https://myumi.ch/MEP3X
The inaugural year of the NASA TechRise Student Challenge has been a great success, with 57 teams of students in grades 6-12 from across the U.S. working to design, develop, and prepare experiments to fly on a high-altitude balloon or suborbital rocket next year. With TechRise 2022-2023 expected to launch in early August, NASA invites educators and students to follow the progress of the NASA TechRise teams and brainstorm what kind of innovative experiments they would propose to NASA to help improve society.

 

NASA Earth Science in Action Comic Strip Contest
Entries due August 13th
https://myumi.ch/6Nb19
Artists ages 14 and older from around the world are invited to capture stories of Earth science in action. Select one of three stories about how NASA Earth science satellite data helps communities address environmental challenges. Use your creativity to create a hand-drawn or digital art comic strip to illustrate the story. Artwork will be judged by a panel of comic artists, illustrators, astronauts, and scientists. Winning entries will be visible on NASA social media as well as SciArt Exchange digital and in-person display events. Top winners also will receive a personalized trophy and certificate. 

Army Education Outreach Program: eCYBERMISSION Mini-Grants
Application Deadline: Nov. 16
https://myumi.ch/DJ7ej
eCYBERMISSION, a program of the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) administered by the National Science Teaching Association (NSTA), is seeking applications for its Mini-Grant program for the 2022-2023 academic school year. eCYBERMISSION is a free, online STEM competition for 6th to 9th grade students that promotes teamwork, self-discovery, and the real-life applications of STEM. Students work in teams of 2 to 4, with the help of a Team Advisor, to choose a problem in their community to explore with science or solve with engineering. Throughout the competition, students work on team building and interact with STEM professionals while competing for state, regional, and national awards. eCYBERMISSION supports phenomenon-based learning and aligns with Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Landsat Program’s 50th Anniversary
July 23, 2022
https://myumi.ch/XVz8x
On July 23, the Landsat program will celebrate 50 years of observing our ever-changing planet. Since 1972, this partnership between NASA and the U.S. Geological Survey has provided invaluable data about Earth’s resources and environment.

 

Library of Congress Professional Development Videos
Available Now
https://myumi.ch/pZjgd
Professional development videos from the Library of Congress.

 

Invisible Network Podcast Highlights STEM Opportunity
Audience: All Curious Learners
https://myumi.ch/xdgjj
Do you know what it takes for NASA to communicate with spacecraft far from Earth, sometimes billions of miles away? Tune in to a new season of NASA’s The Invisible Network podcast to discover how the agency’s Deep Space Network receives data from the far reaches of the solar system and even interstellar space.

 

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office: Virtual National Summer Teacher Institute
Event Dates: July 25-29
https://myumi.ch/n8rVy
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Office of Education will conduct a virtual National Summer Teacher Institute (NSTI) on innovation, science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and intellectual property during the week of July 25-29, 2022. Presentation speakers and hands-on workshop instructors include experts from the USPTO, noted scientists and engineers, entrepreneurs, and representatives from other federal government agencies and non-profit organizations. Participants are introduced to teacher-friendly materials designed to enhance student learning and inspire the next generation of inventors, entrepreneurs, and problem-solvers.

 

Online Event: 2022 Smithsonian K-12 Science Education Action Planning Institute
Event Dates: July 25-27
https://myumi.ch/mxgV4
Join the Smithsonian Science Education Center for our third annual Action Planning Institute!  The Smithsonian K-12 Science Education Action Planning Institute will be held online July 25-27, 2022. This institute will bring together subject matter experts, formal and non-formal educators, school administrators, and educational researchers to dive deeply into important topics facing STEM education.

 

MOSAIC Expedition Teacher Workshop: A Changing Arctic Ecosystem
Workshop Dates: July 27-28
https://myumi.ch/gNxkJ
In this FREE teacher workshop, you’ll hear from MOSAiC scientists and the curriculum developers as they lead you through “A Changing Arctic Ecosystem”, a MS/HS curriculum tied to NGSS Life Science standards in which students trace the flow of carbon through the Arctic food web to predict how declining sea ice might impact the Arctic food web. Engage with 360° virtual expeditions, authentic Arctic datasets, ArcGIS Storymaps, and more in this 2-day online teacher workshop.

 

NASA Planetary Defense Overview: STEM and Public Engagement Webinar
Webinar Date: July 28 at 1 p.m.
https://myumi.ch/wMg9z
Near-Earth objects are asteroids and comets that orbit the Sun like the planets, but their orbits can bring them into Earth’s neighborhood. The NASA Planetary Defense Program tracks these objects and develops mitigation strategies to protect life and property. Join NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement, Science Mission Directorate, and Office of Communications for an overview of NASA’s plans for a major planetary defense test this fall. Participants will learn about opportunities to use mission content in experiences designed to engage students, educators, families, and the public.

 

NASA’s Astrophoto Challenges: Summer 2022
Audience: Amateur Astronomers of All Ages
Entry Deadline: July 31
https://myumi.ch/jxXRN
Join NASA’s Universe of Learning for an exciting opportunity to use real astronomical data and tools to create your own images of the eruptive star system Eta Carinae, and the dusty nebula in which it resides – the Carina Nebula. Capture your own real-time telescope image of the Carina Nebula using the Micro Observatory robotic telescope network, NASA space telescope missions (Chandra and Spitzer), and the ground based NOIRLab’s Curtis Schmidt Telescope. You can also work with an archived set of data files of Eta Carinae, taken with two multiwavelength NASA space telescope missions (Hubble and Chandra) and ground-based observations from Carnegie’s Magellan Telescope.

 

U.S. Department of Education Presidential Cybersecurity Education Award
Nomination Deadline: July 31
https://myumi.ch/z1ymR
The award is presented by the U.S. Secretary of Education to teachers in the field of cybersecurity to honor their contributions to the education of our nation’s students. The award is bestowed annually to two teachers — one at the elementary level and one at the secondary level — who “demonstrate superior achievement in instilling skills, knowledge, and passion with respect to cybersecurity and cybersecurity-related subjects.” These recipients embody the dedication and expertise of educators who are critical to increasing the cybersecurity awareness of all students, inspiring the nation’s future cybersecurity workforce, and contributing to a more secure society. The award acknowledges both the exemplary achievements demonstrated by the teachers and that of the teacher’s students. Email nominations to CyberAwards@ed.gov according to the Rules, Terms, and Conditions.

 

Plant the Moon/Plant Mars Challenge
Space Grant Applications Close: August 12, 2022
Registration Closes: September 2, 2022
https://myumi.ch/Nm5XR
Participants in the Plant the Moon Challenge will join a global science experiment and research challenge to examine how vegetable crops can grow in lunar or Martian soil. Each team will receive real soil simulant from the University of Central Florida’s CLASS Exolith Lab! You will design and conduct a set of experiments using this simulant to grow crops for a future long-duration mission. Teams will use the Project Guide to help define their own experimental parameters, such as the structure of the plant growth setup, amount of water used, and nutrients or fertilizer added to the simulant to support plant growth. After a 10-week growing period, you will submit final project reports and join the global network of researchers helping to expand our space exploration capabilities! Your team will submit a report detailing your experiment setup, parameters, and results to help NASA scientists understand how to use lunar soil to provide nutritious crops for future missions to the Moon or Mars! All participants with completed projects will be invited to showcase their work at a virtual symposium with NASA scientists, program executives, and other dignitaries, where Best-in-Show awards will be presented to teams with the best experiments in a variety of categories.

 

National Science Foundation Discovery Research Pre-K-12 Grants
Proposal Deadline: Oct. 5
https://myumi.ch/9Pjrd
The Discovery Research PreK-12 program (DRK-12) seeks to significantly enhance the learning and teaching of science, technology, engineering, mathematics and computer science (STEM) by preK-12 students and teachers, through research and development of STEM education innovations and approaches. Projects in the DRK-12 program build on fundamental research in STEM education and prior research and development efforts that provide theoretical and empirical justification for proposed projects. Projects should result in research-informed and field-tested outcomes and products that inform teaching and learning. Teachers and students who participate in DRK-12 studies are expected to enhance their understanding and use of STEM content, practices and skills.