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California Space Grant Consortium (CaSGC)
In 1988, Congress passed the National Space Grant Act to establish a National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program. NASA accepted the Congressional mandate to manage this higher education program, designed to provide activities that increase the understanding, assessment, development, and utilization of aerospace resources and to expand the educational, scientific, and research base of all aerospace-related fields. The CaSGC is one of 52 consortia (representing every state, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia) that administer programs in three areas of university and NASA concern: research, education & workforce development, and public outreach (click here for national link). The University of California, San Diego (UCSD) is the lead institution for the CaSGC. The CaSGC is part of the Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering (MAE) department at UCSD and provides the administrative leadership for the CaSGC.
News & Events
California Space Grant Consortium Headquarters Office Partners with Los Angeles City College for Arduino ProjectMay 27th, 2013
Located in the heart of LA, Los Angeles City College has a diverse student population with more than 58 percent minorities. For the past few months, the California Space Grant Consortium headquarters office has been working with Physics and Engineering Department Chair Jayesh Bhakta on an exciting distance learning project to facilitate an Arduino-driven sensor vest to be used in conjunction with Amusement Park Physics activities. The sensor vest measures the amusement park rider’s heart rate, skin conductivity, and acceleration along 6 axes while on the ride. The vest is also equipped with a GPS sensor.
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The California Space Grant Consortium is pleased to announce the Undergraduate Engineering Seminars series, designed to introduce undergraduate students to funded research opportunities.
Information for upcoming seminar, May 29, 2013:
Speaker: Tim Wheeler, Senior in Aerospace Engineering
Topic: Tim will discuss his work with rockets, drones and near-space balloons and bring to light many of the opportunities available to engineering students at UCSD. Tim will touch upon research with faculty, student competition teams, and industry internships, specifically with his own involvement in research under Dr. John Kosmatka, the UCSD Near Space Balloon Team, the UCSD Autonomous Airplane Team, and an internship at Space Exploration Technologies (SpaceX). “Out of this World” is meant to encourage and empower students to apply themselves and take advantage of the opportunities which surround them.
We are delighted to announce that the California Space Grant Consortium has selected the following students for the 2012-2013 Undergraduate Research Opportunity Program, which engages the future STEM* Workforce in science and aerospace related research projects.
Students were selected based on the following four criteria:
- Academic Achievement (including GPA)
- Proposed Research Project
- Letter of Recommendation
- Leadership Qualities
Off-the-Shelf Distance Learning Tools Allow Hard-to-Reach High School Students Easy Access to Science Center ExhibitsMay 8th, 2013
The California Space Grant Consortium (CaSGC) headquarters office often utilizes off-the-shelf equipment to connect remote education communities with interesting STEM sites such as the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center in San Diego. Most recently, the CaSGC headquarters staff conducted an activity involving UCSD Aerospace Engineering students Grace Jang and Gamer Kesheshe, Reuben H. Fleet Science Center Public Programs Manager Valerie MacPhee, and Mountain Empire High School teachers Roger Wynn and Ryan Termath.
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The California Space Grant Consortium is pleased to announce the first in a series of Undergraduate Engineering Seminars designed to introduce undergraduate students to funded research opportunities.
Information for first seminar, May 8, 2013: Read the rest of this entry »
2013 Helicopter/UAV Program (CTSGC)
SNC Dream Chaser Intern Position (Sierra Nevada Space Systems)
Discoveries of Other Earths: Common, Habitable, Teeming?
Friday, May 3, 2013 4:00 – 6:30 PM
Speaker: Geoff Marcy, Professor of Astronomy, UC Berkeley
In Summer and Fall 2012 the San Diego MESA Alliance and the California Space Grant Consortium implemented a pilot program entitled:
MESA Research Academy: A Train-the-Trainer Academy for Understanding “What Is Research?”
The goal was to provide exposure to engineering research and hands-on experience to underrepresented student populations in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) from precollege to university levels.
NASA Innovations in Climate Education (NICE) Teacher Professional Development Workshop Series
April 9th, 11th, April 16th & 18th
4:00 – 5:20 p.m. (EDT)
Teachers may participate, free of charge, in person or virtually.
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