The Iowa Space Grant Consortium, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, and Iowa 4-H Youth Development have been awarded a NASA in-flight Education Downlink! On September 27th from 11:10-11:30AM CT, Youth from across Iowa will be asked prerecorded questions to the NASA Astronauts on the International Space Station, Expedition 65. These Astronauts will view the videos in space and then respond live on NASA TV during the virtual event.
For updates and to watch the event, please visit www.extension.iastate.edu/4h/nasa-educational-downlink.
There will also be a watch party available at Iowa State University in the Student Innovation Center, first floor Step-atorium (606 Bissell Rd, Ames, IA 50011)
We hope to see you there and experience this great opportunity!
Calissa Weers has joined the Iowa Space Grant Consortium in the Department of Aerospace Engineering as the new Communications/PR Intern.
Her duties will include helping run all ISGC social media channels (so keep an eye out for all those posts!), working with updates on the association website, connecting with student alumni and portraying their experiences during their time with ISGC and Iowa State University, and creating graphics to be posted that best represent the Iowa Space Grant Consortium, as well as whatever daily tasks come her way in office.
Calissa is originally from Waukee, Iowa and is a graduate of Waukee High School. She is currently a junior at Iowa State University, studying with a major in Public Relations and a minor in Communication Studies.
Calissa is excited about this position with the Iowa Space Grant Consortium, as it will push her out of her comfort zone and and get her involved in the world of science and math, rather than just reading and writing.
The midway was nearby. But for some, one of the most exciting rides at the Iowa State Fair was had by various fair foods aboard a balloon launched by an Iowa State University team to give youngsters a close-up look at science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.
The Department of Aerospace Engineering’s Make to Innovate (M:2:I) program, the Iowa Space Grant Consortium, along with ISU Extension and Outreach and the Stratospheric Ballooning Association, teamed up to make the flight possible. It utilized one of M:2:I’s HABET (High Altitude Balloon Experiments in Technology) balloons, which carried a payload of a corn dog, cheese curds and a chocolate chip cookie.
Youngsters in taking part made predictions about what would happen to the various food items as the balloon gained altitude into much colder temperatures, and about where they thought the balloon would land (it came down near DeSoto, west of Des Moines, after bursting).
Read more about the events of the day and how it engaged young science lovers in a story posted by Iowa Public Radio.
Iowa State University’s Forward Learning Experience, or FLEx, program is expanding its reach across the state of Iowa. Through the use of a mobile classroom, FLEx2GO Space Artemis provides activities that explore core space concepts while celebrating the NASA Artemis program, reaching even more future STEM K-12 students.
Read more here.