Monthly Updates

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Dr. Holly Racine, West Liberty University, Continuing Research on the “Impact of In Utero Thyroid-Related Mechanisms on Development of Craniosynostosis Evaluated by Avian Skull Morphogenesis”

October 19, 2020

Dr. Holly Racine, West Liberty University, continues to expand her professional development and focus on a new area of research under the NASA Research Initiation Grant project entitled “Impact of In Utero Thyroid-Related Mechanisms on Development of Craniosynostosis Evaluated by Avian Skull Morphogenesis”.  The overall purpose of this project was…

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Student Accomplishment

October 2, 2020

Congratulations to Emily Certain, WVU Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering undergraduate student, on being selected for a yearlong internship this year at NASA’s Independent Verification and Validation Facility in Fairmont, WV. Emily will be working with the Model Based Mission Assurance (MBMA) internship program. The MBMA program utilizes System Model Language…

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Students at West Virginia State University Persevere Through Challenging COVID-19 Conditions

September 24, 2020

Students at West Virginia State University Persevere Through Challenging COVID-19 Conditions

Students at WV State University are diligently researching and innovating, despite the unprecedented situation surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. While this semester may look different, our students are working hard moving forward with the WV Space Flight Design Challenge (RockSat X) project. Keep up the good work ! William Miller (left)…

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Summer 2020 Student Experience

September 23, 2020

Summer 2020 Student Experience

Zachary Preston, a Marshall University Mechanical Engineering undergraduate student, interned with the 2020 NASA Academy at Langley Research Center. Quote from the student: “This internship has solidified my goals and aspirations of being involved in the aerospace and mechanical engineering industry. Previous experience has allowed me to learn various technical…

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Summer 2020 Student Experience

September 23, 2020

Summer 2020 Student Experience

Carson Stebbins, WVU Aerospace Engineering undergraduate student, interned with the 2020 NASA Academy at Langley Research Center. “This internship was a life-changing experience, where I worked with some of the smartest people I’ve ever met, and made connections that will last a lifetime. I will be continuing this internship through…

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WV Space Flight Design Challenge – Innovation in Action at WVSU

September 23, 2020

WV Space Flight Design Challenge – Innovation in Action at WVSU

West Virginia State University student, Taylor Jones-Martin, shown below, working on the components of the experiment for the WV Space Flight Design Challenge (WVSFDC) as part of the RockSat-X Program. The WV SFDC uses four independent experiments to provide access to space for WV students.   (Photograph by Jon Musselwhite,…

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NASA Calls on College Students to Aid in Lunar Excavation Ideas

September 9, 2020

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…

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

August 13, 2020

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…

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NASA Psyche Inspired

August 6, 2020

  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…

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

July 30, 2020

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,…

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2021 BIG Idea Challenge: Dust Mitigation Technologies for Lunar Applications

July 23, 2020

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…

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Lunar Loo Challenge

July 16, 2020

  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…

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Reinvent the Rover Wheel Challenge

July 9, 2020

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…

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Home on the Moon Project

July 3, 2020

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…

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Sally Ride EarthKAM Mission

June 25, 2020

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…

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NASA’s Science Mission Directorate Seeks Ideas From Entrepreneurs

June 18, 2020

Audience: U.S. Citizens Ages 18+ Application Deadline: June 26 NASA’s Science Mission Directorate (SMD) is seeking novel ideas to support the development of new science instruments and related technologies to advance the agency’s science exploration goals in three broadly defined science technology focus areas. Through a three-stage process, SMD will…

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2020 RASC-AL Competition—Virtual Forum

June 11, 2020

Audience: Educators, Parents, and Students in Grades 9-College Event Date: June 16-18 The 2020 Revolutionary Aerospace Systems Concepts—Academic Linkage (RASC-AL) engineering design competition has narrowed entries down to 15 university teams, and finalists will present their projects via video during a virtual forum. Educators, students, and the public are invited…

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2020 CINESPACE

June 4, 2020

ABOUT CINESPACE CineSpace is a collaboration between NASA and Houston Cinema Arts Society (HCAS) that offers filmmakers around the world a chance to share their works inspired by, and using, actual NASA imagery through “CineSpace”, a short film competition. Winners are announced and screen along with all finalists at the…

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We have moved!

January 1, 2020

Happy New Year! The NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium office has now moved to 341 Mineral Resources Building. Be sure to stop by and visit!

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Women and Technology Conference

September 10, 2018

Women and Technology Conference

The Women and Technology Conference was held at the Embassy Suites in Charleston, WV. This premier event attracts women working in technology fields, those interested in pursuing or migrating to a tech-focused career, education leaders, industry professionals, agency officials, nonprofit leaders, students and more. Anyone interested in exploring ways to bridge…

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RockSat-X Launch!

August 14, 2018

Teams of students across the state of West Virginia participated in the RockSat-X program this past year through our Space Flight Design Challenge (SFDC) program. The SFDC program is a collaboration between The Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, and four colleges in West Virginia — West…

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Math Field Day

August 2, 2018

Dr. Jaridi, Director of NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium, spoke at the Math Field day this year at Marshall University. Over 600 students attended the event.

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Rocket Girls Camp

July 23, 2018

  One of the NASA WVSGC awards in Extension and Public Outreach known as Rocket Girls held a day-camp over the summer for 23 girls. The camp was held at West Virginia State University and led by Hannah Payne with curriculum created by MIT. Mrs. Payne took pre and post…

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ISS Downlink with Alexander Gerst!

July 10, 2018

The NASA WVSGC collaborated with the Langley region (Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia) to have a joint ISS Downlink with the International Space Station. The live feed, held at Virginia Air and Space Center, was watched across the region. Youth from all 5 states submitted questions to be asked…

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STEM Fair in Morgantown, WV!

July 1, 2018

Emily Calandrelli, author of the Ada Lace series, hosted a STEM fair in her hometown of Morgantown, WV. The event was held before her book signing at Barnes & Noble. She invited many outreach programs from West Virginia University and the community. Some of the groups included: NASA West Virginia…

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WVU Experimental Rocketry finishes 2nd at 2018 Spaceport America Cup!

June 22, 2018

The WVU Experimental Rocketry team was finally able to launch their 12-foot long fiber glass rocket, Wild & Wonderful II, in the 2018 Spaceport America Cup competition. There were multiple categories to compete in ranging from retrieving data and reaching various heights. The competition was held near Las Cruces, New…

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RASC-AL: Mars Ice Challenge

June 5, 2018

The Mars Ice Challenge is one of several RASC-AL collegiate design competitions sponsored by NASA and administered by the National Institute of Aerospace in Hampton, Virginia. In its second year, Mars Ice Challenge judges 10 competitively selected teams to travel to NASA’s Langley Research Center from June 5-7 to demonstrate unique…

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NASA-SPACE Day at Wheeling Jesuit University

April 27, 2018

The WVSGC office held their annual NASA-SPACE Day at Wheeling Jesuit University on Friday, April 27, 2018. The event included multiple activities ran by the Challenger Learning Center, NASA IV&V Facility, the SMART Centre, and West Virginia Unversity’s 4-H! Around 150 students were bussed to the event from the Wheeling…

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Spring 2018 National Space Grant Meeting

March 2, 2018

Spring 2018 National Space Grant Meeting

The National Space Grant Meeting convened in Crystal City, VA for two days where NASA HQ gave an overview of the program’s direction. Various states also shared ongoing projects that they are proudly sponsoring. Some examples of these include: – West Virginia: Microgravity Research on the Zero-G plane aka “the…

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WVU TEDx: Emily Calandrelli

March 2, 2018

WVU TEDx: Emily Calandrelli

West Virginia University held its first TED talk called TEDxWVU on campus. The ‘x’ in the name denotes that it was self-organized by a local team of individuals. Inspired by TED’s motto of, “Ideas worth spreading”, they invited speakers to share their ideas at the Media Innovation Center. Emily Calandrelli,…

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West Virginia State Science Bowl

February 10, 2018

The 27th WV State Science Bowl was hosted at West Virginia University in Morgantown, WV on Friday, February 9, until Saturday, February 10. Teams from across the state competed in quiz bowl like tournament rounds. On Saturday, info sessions about various colleges and science-related companies spoke with members of the…

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WVSGC Winter 2017-2018 Newsletter

January 8, 2018

NASA West Virginia Space Grant Consortium is pleased to announce the release of its Winter 2017-2018 Newsletter. To view the newsletter, please go to News & Events -> Newsletters or click the image above.

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FLL Championship Tournament at the Falcon Center

December 2, 2017

On December 2, 2017, Fairmont State University hosted the WV FIRST Lego League (FLL) Championship Tournament on their campus. Over 60 teams participated in what was one of the largest tournaments held this year. The tournament drew in over 1,500 students, coaches, and parents. Todd Ensign, the Program Manager for…

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West Virginia Science Teacher’s Association

November 2, 2017

Educators and professionals from across the state came together for a three day conference wherein they shared best practices in science education to return to their place of work and promote scientific literacy. WVSTA awarded multiple conference scholarships which convened at Oglebay Resort in Wheeling, WV from November 2nd-4th.

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Seeding Your Future Conference

October 14, 2017

Seeding Your Future Conference

Shepherd University will invite 5th through 8th grade girls out for a full day of hands-on workshops and interactions with STEM professionals in the hopes of increasing their interest in STEM areas at the fourth annual Seeding Your Future (SYF) conference. A picture of the SYD team with leaders Dr….

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Fall Board of Directors Meeting

October 7, 2017

The WVSGC Board of Directors met at Embassy Suites in Charleston, WV. Presentations given by various speakers can be found under Resources -> Informational Downloads.

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Undergraduate Affiliate Fellowship Program

September 25, 2017

The Undergraduate Affiliate Fellowship Program is taking submissions until Monday, September 25, 2017. WVSGC offers fellowships for undergraduate students who desire a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Math (STEM) related programs and are interested in working on a research project under the supervision of a faculty member who will…

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The Great American Solar Eclipse

August 21, 2017

The Great American Solar Eclipse

Organized by NASA Montana Space Grant Consortium, students across the country participated in a high altitude balloon flight on August 21st. The event was an opportunity to send live video and images from near space of the eclipse. Streams of the event were captured and made available online, allowing for…

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