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NASA’s Sample Return Robot Challenge Competition Registration NOW OPEN

oo2013samplerobotRegistration is now open for teams wishing to compete in the $1.495 million robotics competition known as the Sample Return Robot Challenge, sponsored by NASA and managed by Worcester Polytechnic Institute of Worcester, MA. Registration for the competition will close on January 7, 2014 with late registration available until March 15, 2014. The competition will be held June 11-13, 2014.

For information about the Sample Return Robot Challenge rules, requirements, and how to register, visit:
http://nspires.nasaprs.com/external/solicitations/summary.do?method=init&solId={A282D064-383A-8906-2956-A6D67CE2964D}&path=open

“The objective of the competition is to encourage innovations in automatic navigation and robotic manipulator technologies that NASA could incorporate into future missions,” said Michael Gazarik, NASA’s associate administrator for space technology in Washington. “Innovations stemming from this challenge may improve NASA’s capability to explore an asteroid or Mars, and advance robotic technology for use in industries and applications here on Earth.”

To win, a team must demonstrate a fully autonomous robot that can seek out samples and return them to a designated point within a set time period. Robots will be required to navigate over unknown terrain, around obstacles, and in varied lighting conditions without human control, or use of GPS, or other terrestrial navigation aids.

This is a Centennial Challenge in which NASA provides the prize purse for technological achievements. The challenge is extended to individuals, groups and companies. Unlike most contracts or grants, awards will be made only after solutions are demonstrated successfully. Since the program’s inception in 2005, NASA’s Centennial Challenges has awarded more than $6 million to 15 different competition-winning teams through 24 events. Competitors have included private companies, citizen inventors and academia working outside the traditional aerospace industry.

The Sample Return Robot Challenge is part of the Centennial Challenges Program within NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, which is innovating, developing, testing and flying hardware for use in NASA’s future missions. For more information about NASA’s investment in space technology, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/spacetech

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ATTENTION EDUCATORS: SIGN UP TODAY for NASA DIGITAL WORKSHOPS!

NASA STEM Spanish Immersion  Educator Professional Development Workshop SeriesFree Virtual Professional Development Workshop Series: NASA STEM Spanish Immersion. Participants who register and complete all four workshops are eligible to receive five workshop hours towards continuing education units.

NASA’s Digital Learning Network and the Aerospace Education Services Project are presenting a series of professional development workshops tailored to elementary Spanish immersion educators. These free workshops are designed to enhance curriculum activities with NASA-inspired lessons. These professional development workshops will provide hands-on, interactive and engaging activities in Spanish.

Sign up today to join the free four-day workshop series on July 15, July 17, July 23 and July 25, 2013. Each session is 75 minutes long.

For more information, visit https://docs.google.com/document/d/1GsOzqrJP0veopQRkZbb54jSDBbG02OZ6n9w6hKHumhE/pub.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to Marilé Colon Robles at marile.colonrobles@nasa.gov.

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NASA Astronaut, Stanley G. Love, Ph.D. to visit OSU June 5, 2013

Astronaut Stan LoveNASA Astronaut, Stanley G. Love, Ph.D. is coming back to OSU!!

In his presentation, Near-Earth Asteroids: Threats and Opportunities, Dr. Love will discuss asteroids, how to protect the Earth from them, and how we might send people to explore them.

Join us:
June 5, 2013 4-5 pm
LaSells Stewart Center, Construction & Engineering Hall
Oregon State University, Corvallis OR

Free and open to the public!

eXploration Habitat (X-Hab) 2014 Academic Innovation Challenge Proposals Due May 1, 2013

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The National Space Grant Foundation is pleased to announce the X-Hab 2014 Academic Innovation Challenge.  This program is a university level challenge designed to engage and retain students in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). The competition is intended to link with senior and graduate-level design curricula that emphasize hands-on design, research, development, and manufacture of functional prototypical subsystems that enable habitation-related functionality for space exploration missions. NASA will directly benefit from the challenge by sponsoring the development of innovative habitation-related concepts and technologies from universities, which will result in innovative ideas and solutions that could be applied to exploration habitats. The Advanced Exploration Systems (AES) Deep Space Habitat (DSH) project will offer multiple X-Hab awards of $10K – $20K each to design and produce functional products of interest to the DSH project (see topic list) as proposed by university teams according to their interests and expertise. The prototypes produced by the university teams may be integrated onto an existing NASA-built operational habitat prototype (examples shown in Figure 1). X-Hab proposals will have a Notice of Intent and proposal phase, where down-selection will determine which projects will be funded. X-Hab university teams will either finalize their deliverables, or deliver their products in May-June 2014 to be integrated in the FY14 DSH habitat configuration. Universities may collaborate together on a Project Team.

The Foundation anticipates that approximately 3-6 awards will be made under this solicitation ranging between $10,000 and $20,000 each.

Eligibility
Proposals will be accepted from faculty who are U.S. citizens and currently teach an Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology (ABET) accredited engineering senior or graduate design, industrial design, or architecture curriculum teaming course at a university affiliated with the National Space Grant College (if applicable) and Fellowship Program, or other US accredited university. Multi-discipline, multi-departmental, and/or multi-institutional teaming collaborations are highly encouraged.

Historically Black Colleges and Universities, Tribal Colleges and other minority serving educational institutions are particularly encouraged to apply. Proposals from women, members of underrepresented minorities groups, and persons with disabilities are highly encouraged.

Important Dates and Information
Program website: http://spacegrant.org/xhab/
Notice of Intent Due: April 3, 2013
Technical Interchange Meeting: April 10, 2013
Proposals Due: May 1, 2013

Sierra Nevada Corporation Dream Chaser Intern Positions

195_Dream_Chaser_Patch_CroppedChase Your Dreams: Join Sierra Nevada Corporation in creating the Next Generation Human Spacecraft!

Marketing and Engineering Opportunities available

Interns will work with a designated mentor or team to gain a thorough understanding of the career field of interest to include theory and practical application of obtained knowledge. The intern will benefit from mentoring, coaching, and side-by-side work with knowledgable and experienced experts in the field. The objective is real, hands-on work assignments related to intern’s major, providing them with skills vitally important in today’s business environment.

Those interested in employment following an internship will be considered based on current a openings, performance during internship, and proximity to graduation.

Primary Responsibilities Include:

  • Establishes learning objectives with mentor/supervisor
  • Supports assignments that represent general tasking in the field of interest
  • Occasionally takes on special projects as assigned by the mentor/supervisor
  • Establishes fundamental business/technical foundation through practice of internal processes and procedures
  • Job shadows at all levels in the field
  • Performs administrative functions as needed
  • Assists in the coordination and execution of company events
  • Punctuality to work each day and prepared to work scheduled work hours
  • Other duties as assigned

Learn more about specific opportunities and apply at http://careers.sncorp.com/career/index.asp

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NICE Teacher Professional Development Workshop Series

NICE_Patch_200x200NASA Innovations in Climate Education (NICE) Teacher Professional Development Workshop Series is seeking teacher participants! Join NICE on April 9th, 11th, 16th, and 18th from 4:00 – 5:20 pm EST. One-way or two-way virtual participation options available.

From greenhouse effect to Earth’s rising temperatures and resulting impacts on plants, bugs and birds, increase your understanding of these timely topics and more at the NICE Teacher Professional Development Workshop. This workshop is a four-part series featuring climate literacy content and classroom resources from NASA and NICE Earth Systems Scientists. It is open to all Science, Technology, Engineering and Math K-12 teachers. The content will be geared toward the 5-9 grade band.

For more information visit the NICE website at: http://nice.larc.nasa.gov/node/129

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REMINDER: NASA 2013 Summer Internship Applications Due March 15, 2013

One Stop Shopping Initiative Website

The NASA One Stop Shopping Initiative (OSSI) provides students at higher education institutions access to a portfolio of internship, fellowship, and scholarship opportunities offered by NASA mission directorates and NASA centers.

Visit the OSSI LaunchPad to find information about internship, fellowship, and scholarship opportunities. The site features the OSSI: Student Online Application for Recruiting Interns, Fellows, and Scholars (SOLAR). This innovative system allows students to search and apply for all types of higher-education NASA internship, fellowship, and scholarship opportunities in ONE location. A single application places the student in the applicant pool for consideration by NASA mentors.

Applications for summer opportunities are due March 15, 2013.

Visit http://intern.nasa.gov/index.html to find available opportunities and fill out a SOLAR application.

Visit http://spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/internships for more information.

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2013 Oregon NASA Space Grant Student Symposium

Bar with OSGC and face of NASAThe Oregon NASA Space Grant Consortium presents the
2013 Student Symposium,
Friday February 8, 2013. The Symposium will be held from 9:00am – 8:00pm at the Oregon State University Memorial Union Journey Room, Corvallis, Oregon. Oregon NASA Space Grant students who were awarded fellowships, internships, undergraduate research scholarships, and team research awards in 2012 will present their research projects and share their experiences at the OSGC Student Symposium. Oregon NASA Space Grant is committed to providing quality educational and research opportunities to students in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) disciplines including STEM education. You are invited to attend the 2013 Student Symposium to see firsthand the opportunities our students have experienced.

This is a great way for students who are interested in participating in a NASA student program to learn more about opportunities that are available for summer 2013.
You can be the face of NASA in Oregon!

Friday, February 8, 2013
9-11am – Poster Session, Meet and Greet
11am-12:30pm – Lunch
12:30-5:00pm – Oral Presentation Session with Q & A
5-6pm – Reception
6-8pm – Oral Presentation Session with Q & A

FREE and OPEN TO ALL
Call 541-737-2414 or go to spacegrant.oregonstate.edu/student-symposium for more information. Accommodations for disabilities may be made by calling 541-737-2414.

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