The mission of the Minority Innovation Challenges Institute is to create a virtual training ground where minority undergraduate students learn how to compete in NASA technical challenges for both prestige and significant cash prizes. This NASA-funded program, which is managed by Florida Agricultural & Mechanical University, is slated to kick off at 3 p.m. EST on May 24, 2010.
MICI provides a year-round virtual conference platform where students from across the country can participate in free, interactive, educational sessions of their choosing. Many sessions will focus on competitions within NASA’s Centennial Challenges program, which provides cash prizes ranging from $50,000 to $2 million. Students will learn how to compete in other NASA-sponsored competitions created specifically for universities. These competitions include the Fundamental Aeronautics Student Competition for Colleges/Universities, the NASA University Student Launch Initiative, the University Business Plan Contest for Engineering Technology, and the Great Moonbuggy Race.
Students and faculty are encouraged to register for the May 24, 2010, kick-off by visiting http://www.NASAMICI.com.