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.

Join us July 30, 2021 for the 50th Anniversary Celebration of Apollo 15!
https://myumi.ch/4p9B7
Michigan Space Grant Consortium (MSGC), U-M Space Institute, Space Physics Research Laboratory (SPRL) in collaboration with the departments of Aerospace & Climate and Space have organized the event to help highlight the diversity and future of space exploration as we celebrate the past. Apollo 15 was an “All Michigan Crew” as all three astronauts attended the University of Michigan. Learn more about the event, download the agenda, get the Webinar link and read the full speaker bios on the event webpage. 

Register To Join Rosie, Virtually, for Launch

July 30, 2021

https://myumi.ch/VPExQ

Rosie the Rocketeer, Boeing’s anthropometric test device, has claimed her spot inside the company’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft for its second uncrewed orbital flight test. 

 Register as a virtual guest and join Rosie for the launch, currently scheduled for July 30. Participants will receive schedule updates and access to related activities and resources, including a boarding pass and a virtual passport stamp for email registrants.

 

NASA Psyche Inspired Internship

Applications Due: July 30, 2021

https://myumi.ch/0WMAk

NASA’s Psyche mission invites full-time, enrolled undergraduate students majoring in any subject at universities and community colleges in the U.S. and its territories to apply to become part of this year’s cohort of Psyche Inspired interns. Psyche Inspired brings students together to share the excitement, innovation and scientific and engineering content of NASA’s Psyche mission with the public through artistic and creative works.

 

Deep Space Food Challenge

Submissions Due July 30, 2021

https://myumi.ch/zxX00

In coordination with the Canadian Space Agency, NASA has opened the Deep Space Food Challenge. The goal is to generate novel food production technologies or systems that require minimal resources and produce minimal waste, while providing safe, nutritious, and tasty food for long-duration human exploration missions.

Astronauts need hearty nutrients to maintain a healthy diet in space, but like any of us, they want their food to taste good, too! As NASA develops concepts for longer crewed missions to Mars and beyond, the agency will need innovative and sustainable food systems that check all the boxes.  Additionally, advanced food systems will have benefits here on Earth, too. Solutions from this challenge could enable new avenues for food production around the world, especially in extreme environments, resource-scarce regions, and in new places like urban areas and in locations where disasters disrupt critical infrastructure.

 

Registration for ISSRDC 2021 is now open!

Conference: August 3-5, 2021

https://myumi.ch/lxrop

The 10th annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC) is open for registration! ISSRDC 2021, which will take place virtually August 3-5, is hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), manager of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory; NASA; and the American Astronautical Society. The event is free to attend; however, registration is required.

 

NASA TechLeap Prize

Registration Deadline: July 28, 2021

Submission Deadline: August 11, 2021

https://myumi.ch/ov3wm

NASA’s Flight Opportunities program launched a new technology challenge aimed at providing development funding and access to suborbital flight testing for promising space technologies that meet a specific agency need. The first topic for the NASA TechLeap Prize, developed in collaboration with NASA’s Small Spacecraft Technology program, is focused on discovering compact observation technologies for small spacecraft that can be tested on suborbital flights. The Autonomous Observation Challenge No. 1 aims to identify integrated, compact precision pointing systems that could be used to autonomously detect, track, and collect data on transient events – both on Earth and beyond. These capabilities might also be leveraged for autonomous ad hoc optical communications networks, aiding lunar exploration in detecting, tracking, and establishing line-of-sight communications with any lander, rover, or object on the Moon.

 

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.


Register To Join Rosie, Virtually, for Launch

July 30, 2021

https://myumi.ch/VPExQ

Rosie the Rocketeer, Boeing’s anthropometric test device, has claimed her spot inside the company’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft for its second uncrewed orbital flight test. 

 Register as a virtual guest and join Rosie for the launch, currently scheduled for July 30. Participants will receive schedule updates and access to related activities and resources, including a boarding pass and a virtual passport stamp for email registrants.

 

Create and Share Landsat-Inspired Arts and Crafts

https://myumi.ch/0WK8p

#LandsatCraft

For almost 50 years, Landsat satellites have collected images of Earth from space, representing the longest continuous space-based record of our planet’s surface. In September, Landsat 9 is scheduled to launch and continue this legacy. In honor of the launch, we invite you to get creative and show us what Landsat means to you. Create art or make a craft that’s inspired by a favorite Landsat image or the satellite itself and share it with us on social media.

 

New From NASA Space Place: Video Comprehension Questions

https://myumi.ch/2Dn1X

Teachers, parents and caregivers, are you looking for ways to engage your students this summer? NASA Space Place did the work for you! All of our educational YouTube videos now have comprehension questions to check understanding. The questions with answer keys can be found in the description of our videos.

 

NASA’s TechRise Student Challenge

Start accepting entries August 18, 2021

https://myumi.ch/MEP3X

NASA is initiating a new competition for the 2021/2022 school year, asking student teams to design, build, and launch experiments on suborbital rockets and balloon flights. The NASA TechRise Student Challenge will start accepting entries August 18, 2021. Teams of sixth to 12th-grade students from U.S. public, private, or charter schools can submit ideas for climate or remote-sensing experiments to fly on a high-altitude balloon, and space exploration experiments to fly aboard a suborbital rocket. Competition winners will receive $1,500 to build their payloads and an assigned spot on a NASA-sponsored commercial suborbital flight.

 

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.

NASA’s TechRise Student Challenge: Resources for Educators

Educator Workshop July 28 & Aug 11

Start accepting entries August 18, 2021

https://myumi.ch/MEP3X

NASA is initiating a new competition for the 2021/2022 school year, asking student teams to design, build, and launch experiments on suborbital rockets and balloon flights. The NASA TechRise Student Challenge will start accepting entries August 18, 2021. Teams of sixth to 12th-grade students from U.S. public, private, or charter schools can submit ideas for climate or remote-sensing experiments to fly on a high-altitude balloon, and space exploration experiments to fly aboard a suborbital rocket. Competition winners will receive $1,500 to build their payloads and an assigned spot on a NASA-sponsored commercial suborbital flight.

 

NASA and Future Engineers, the challenge administrator, will offer a series of virtual events for educators to hear from NASA experts and learn more about this exciting opportunity for students. NASA TechRise educator summer workshops will dive into the basics of electronics, coding, and designing for flight. The first workshop will be Wednesday, July 28, and repeated Wednesday, Aug. 11. The challenge kick-off event was held as part of the U.S. Department of Education’s 8th annual ED Games Expo. Both an excerpt of this session and the full recording are available for viewing. 

 

Register To Join Rosie, Virtually, for Launch

July 30, 2021

https://myumi.ch/VPExQ

Rosie the Rocketeer, Boeing’s anthropometric test device, has claimed her spot inside the company’s CST-100 Starliner spacecraft for its second uncrewed orbital flight test. 

Register as a virtual guest and join Rosie for the launch, currently scheduled for July 30. Participants will receive schedule updates and access to related activities and resources, including a boarding pass and a virtual passport stamp for email registrants.

 

NASA Resource: Apollo 15 Presentation Download

https://myumi.ch/88QMe

July 26 marks the 50th anniversary of the launch of the Apollo 15 mission to the Moon. Celebrate this historic mission with a public presentation that provides an overview of the mission including highlights, video clips and images. The presentation is meant for use by anyone interested in learning more about Apollo 15 or for those who may be presenting on the topic. You can download and adapt the slides to your audience. 

 

Educator Guide: ‘Landing Humans on the Moon’

https://myumi.ch/Xek1p

Bring the excitement of future lunar expeditions to your middle school classroom. 

“Landing Humans on the Moon” features four standards-aligned activities to help students learn about the Moon and create a model of a human landing system for lunar expeditions. Visit the site to download the guide and watch video demonstrations of the activities.

 

Registration for ISSRDC 2021 is now open!

Conference: August 3-5, 2021

https://myumi.ch/lxrop

The 10th annual International Space Station Research and Development Conference (ISSRDC) is open for registration! ISSRDC 2021, which will take place virtually August 3-5, is hosted by the Center for the Advancement of Science in Space (CASIS), manager of the International Space Station (ISS) U.S. National Laboratory; NASA; and the American Astronautical Society. The event is free to attend; however, registration is required.

 

Call for Reviewers for Informal STEM Education Proposals

https://myumi.ch/O4AVG

The NASA Teams Engaging Affiliated Museums and Informal Institutions (TEAM II) management team is recruiting qualified peer reviewers external to NASA to review NASA TEAM II proposals. Please submit your qualifications, interest and availability, or nominate qualified colleagues. Although NASA cannot guarantee an invitation to review will result, we thank you for your consideration and/or referrals. Selected reviewers will be expected to disclose all conflicts of interest, including situations that may give the appearance of bias.