Daily Archives: August 10, 2012

NASA University Student Launch Initiative (USLI) Proposals Due August 31, 2012

2012-2013 NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative

NASA’s University Student Launch Initiative, or USLI, is a competition that challenges university-level students to design, build and launch a reusable rocket with a scientific or engineering payload to one mile above ground level. The project engages students in scientific research and real-world engineering processes with NASA engineers.

Once selected, teams design their rockets and payloads throughout the academic year. USLI requires a NASA review of the teams’ preliminary and critical designs. The project also requires flight and launch readiness reviews before the rockets and payloads are approved for launch. Teams complete a Post-Launch Assessment Review to include conclusions from their science or engineering experiment and the overall flight performance. The Preliminary Design Review, Critical Design Review and Flight Readiness Review are conducted by a panel of scientists and engineers from NASA, NASA contactors and external partners.

NASA’s Student Launch Projects are sponsored by ATK Aerospace Systems. The annual launch event is hosted at Bragg Farms in Toney, Ala., and launch services are provided by the National Association of Rocketry. The 2012-2013 launch will be on April 20, 2013. Proposals are due Aug. 31, 2012.

The Statement of Work and instructions for submitting a proposal can be found on the USLI website at http://education.msfc.nasa.gov/usli.


Radiation Belt Storm Probes Webcast from NASA DLN – August 16, 2012

Radiation Belt

Join NASA’s DLN for a live webcast on August 16, 2012

Join NASA’s Digital Learning Network (DLN) for a free live interactive webcast with hosts Joshua Santora and Rachel Power on Aug. 16, 2012, at 1 p.m. EDT!  The topic will be the Radiation Belt Storm Probes, or RBSP, project. Understanding the radiation belt environment and its variability has extremely important practical applications in the areas of spacecraft operations, spacecraft and spacecraft system design, mission planning and astronaut safety. Participants can interact with RBSP Deputy Project Scientist Nicky Fox during this live webcast.  It’s a great opportunity for educators and space enthusiasts to learn more about the radiation belt.

For more information and to take part in the webcast, visit the DLN website at http://dln.nasa.gov.

UNL Online Climate Research Applications Course for K-12 Educators – Deadline August 20, 2012

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, or UNL, offers K-12 science educators the opportunity to take part in the development of a new online master’s-level course in Climate Research Applications funded by the NASA Innovations in Climate Education program.

Climate change issues will serve as a context to develop research questions and design a discrete, locally oriented research project through which they define a problem, analyze data and develop conclusions to potentially impact decision-making in their communities. Educators are encouraged to utilize this opportunity to expand their knowledge of climate change, as well as their available tools for educating students and their local communities. Participants will earn three graduate-level credit hours through UNL, as well as a stipend to cover tuition costs.

Applications are due Aug. 20, 2012.

For more information, visit http://www.smdeponews.org/programs-events/online-climate-research-applications-course-with-tuition-stipened-for-k-12-educators-apply-by-aug-20/.

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