Check out the newly released annual report “NASA STEM Engagement Highlights 2022”! This is the third annual report, and this provides a vivid snapshot in words and pictures of the powerful experiences and opportunities NASA creates through STEM. Feel free to share around!
ISGC Student Hands-On Spotlight: Cardinal Space Mining Club at Iowa State University
The Cardinal Space Mining Club is a student organization affiliated with Iowa State University. As a group they annually compete in the NASA Lunabotics challenge where teams are tasked with designing and building a robot that can operate in a simulated lunar environment. This year, the competition is virtual and therefore a video of this year’s team robot “Atlas” doing the necessary competition tasks can be watched here
This photo is a small group of the team outside of Linden Hall in the sand volleyball court to test this year’s competition robot and film the Proof of Life video for the NASA Lunabotics Challenge. Pictured from l-r: Isaac Petersen, Alex McFadden, Nathan Butler, Nathan Tanner, Alex Warling, Gustave Abagge-Luzzi with robot “Atlas”.
Announcing NASA’s Human Lander Challenge (HuLC). Awards include $7,000 team stipends and $18,000 in prizes. Interested teams have a full year to prepare and submit proposals. HuLC is open to teams of undergraduate and graduate students at accredited colleges and universities in the United States.
Minority-Serving Institutions (MSIs) are encouraged to apply. Up to 12 teams will be selected to continue developing their proposed concepts. Full challenge guidelines can be found HERE
NASA’s Earth Day Briefing for Students is a hybrid event for all informal and formal middle and high school educators and students.
All schools are welcome to join virtually as a panel of four NASA experts discuss Earth science and conservation topics and respond to student questions. The event will broadcast live on NASA TV from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center from 1-2PM EDT on Thursday, April 20th.
ISGC Student Hands-On Spotlight: OpenUAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) at Iowa State University
The OpenUAS project is a multidisciplinary undergraduate research team that is aimed at developing an open-source fixed wing aircraft under the supervision of Dr. Kristin Yvonne-Rozier in the Laboratory for Temporal Logic. The goal is to give research teams, undergraduate/high school teams, and otherwise interested groups of people access to plans for a cheap, easy-to-manufacture, configurable fixed wing UAS to serve as an educational or test platform.
These plans will include a variety of resources, including 3D models and schematics, instructions on how to manufacture and customize the airframe, a guide to choose and integrate electronic components (such as a motor or flight computer), and how to use and extend the software capabilities of selected platforms. The project seeks to provide a comprehensive experience for building a customizable fixed wing aircraft, like many similar resources already developed for quadcopters.