NASA Katherine Johnson IV&V Facility Research RFP

The National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Independent Verification & Validation (IV&V) Program, in collaboration with the NASA WV Space Grant Consortium (WVSGC), solicits proposals for conducting research to advance the primary mission of the IV & V Program in the science of software engineering to improve the safety, quality, reliability, cost, and performance of NASA software systems and related areas, as listed in the attached Request for Proposals (RFP). Proposal due date: Friday, October 30, 2020, by 11:59 PM (EDT) Awards announcement date: November 30, 2020 Anticipated project start date: January 1, 2021 RFP and FAQ as of Oct 23rd Continue reading

NASA Calls on College Students to Aid in Lunar Excavation Ideas

Registration is now open for teams of undergraduate and graduate students from throughout the nation to participate in NASA’s Robotic Mining Competition: Lunabotics 2021.

The competition is a part of the Artemis Student Challenges, designed to engage and retain students in STEM fields by expanding opportunities for student research and design in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. The project provides a competitive environment to foster innovative ideas and solutions that potentially could be used on future NASA missions to the Moon or even Mars.

This year’s competition features a new “Design It, Build It, Dig It Challenge” format in which teams can compete in the “Design It” phase of the competition only, or compete in all three portions, through to the actual build and dig portion event. Teams selected to compete in the live events will demonstrate their excavator robots next spring at the Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex.

During the live competition, the teams’ robots will go head-to-head to determine which machine can collect and move the most regolith within a specified amount of time.

Registration will close Wednesday, Sept. 16, at noon EDT.

For more competition information, visit:

https://www.nasa.gov/press-release/nasa-calls-on-college-students-to-aid-in-lunar-excavation-ideas/

2021 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge

Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students
Notice of Intent Deadline: Oct. 1
Project Plan Submission Deadline: Nov. 24
Contact: rascal@nianet.org

The 2021 RASC-AL Special Edition: Moon to Mars Ice and Prospecting Challenge is an engineering design and technology demonstration contest for eligible college students. Teams have the opportunity to design and build prototype systems that can extract water and assess subsurface density profiles from a simulated off-world test bed. Up to 10 teams will be selected to receive $10,000 to build and demonstrate their systems’ capabilities in June 2021 at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia.*

*As the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation continues to evolve, NASA and the National Institute of Aerospace will closely monitor and follow guidelines from federal, state and community officials regarding the onsite competition at NASA Langley next summer. Protecting the health and safety of team members, staff and judges is our primary priority.

NASA Psyche Inspired

Audience: Higher Education Students
Application Deadline: Aug. 12

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 is a program that brings undergraduate 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.

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New Teachable Moment: Meet NASA’s Next Mars Rover, Perseverance

Audience: K-12 Educators, Parents and Caregivers

Perseverance is NASA’s most advanced Mars rover yet. Learn more about NASA’s goals for the rover and find out how you can bring the exciting engineering and science of this mission to students with lessons and do-it-yourself projects covering topics like biology, geology, physics, mathematics, engineering, coding and language arts. 

This Teachable Moment from NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, provides background information, resources and standards-aligned lessons. Visit the site for videos, lesson plans and more.

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2021 BIG Idea Challenge: Dust Mitigation Technologies for Lunar Applications

Audience: Full-time Undergraduate and Graduate Students and Faculty
Notice of Intent Deadline: Sept. 25
Entry Deadline: Dec. 13
Contact: BigIdea@nianet.org

NASA’s 2021 Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an engineering design competition open to teams of five to 25 students from Space Grant-affiliated colleges/universities. Teams are challenged to submit robust proposals for near-term dust mitigation (or dust tolerant) technologies that could be used for lunar applications near or in the Moon’s South Pole. Selected teams will receive awards from $50,000-$180,000 to bring their ideas to life!

The challenge is sponsored by NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate and NASA’s Office of STEM Engagement. It is managed by the National Institute of Aerospace.

For more information click here.

Lunar Loo Challenge

Audience: Innovators of All Ages
Deadline: Aug. 17

As NASA prepares to send the first woman and next man to the Moon, engineers and scientists are busy working on the logistics and infrastructure needed to support astronauts for the trip, including a new toilet design.

The space toilet used on the International Space Station is designed to work for long-duration missions in microgravity. NASA’s Human Landing System Program is looking for ideas for a next-generation device for Artemis astronauts that is smaller, lighter, more efficient, and capable of working in both microgravity and lunar gravity.

Winning entries in the Technical Category are eligible for a portion of the $35,000 prize pool. A Junior Category is open to designers under 18 years of age.

For more information click here

Reinvent the Rover Wheel Challenge

Audience: Educators, Parents and Students in Grades K-12
Deadline: July 26

This summer, the Perseverance rover will launch on a trip to explore Mars. Perseverance has six aluminum wheels with S-shaped treads called grousers that will help the rover drive across the sandy, rocky and hilly Martian terrain. To develop this wheel design, NASA engineers had to brainstorm ideas, create 3D designs and test different wheel prototypes.

What could wheels for future Mars rovers look like? We want innovative ideas from K-12 students! Use your creativity to design a rover wheel best equipped for the Red Planet’s terrain. Create a digital 3D model of your reinvented wheel, and write a short description of your design. While digital 3D models are encouraged, young inventors in grades K-5 can opt to provide an image of a sketch or mock-up instead of a 3D model. Out-of-this world entries will be featured with a NASA gold star in the challenge gallery.

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Home on the Moon Project

Audience: Students and Families
Entry Deadline: Aug. 15

What would it be like to live on the Moon? Would living there be similar to living on Earth? The Aldrin Family Foundation wants you and your family to imagine what it might be like with the Home on the Moon project. 

Perfect for completing at home, this interactive project invites students, families, and teams to explore how systems work on Earth and how they can be modified to work on the Moon. Visit the project website to find step-by-step instructions and videos that will guide you through the process.

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Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission

Audience: Parents, Caregivers, K-12 and Informal Educators
Mission Dates: July 14-17

Sally Ride EarthKAM is a free STEM educational program managed by the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama. EarthKAM allows participants to take images of Earth from space using a camera aboard the International Space Station. Use EarthKAM as a teaching tool to study subjects ranging from geography to art to meteorology.  

The July mission is a great opportunity for those new to EarthKAM to learn how the system works and to start planning ways to incorporate EarthKAM into the school year. Visit the website for details and to register to participate.

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