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NASA Opportunities/Challenges

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NASA TechRise Student Challenge

From remote sensing and climate research to microgravity experiments and technologies to explore the Moon, schools are invited to join NASA in its mission to advance space exploration and enhance our knowledge of Earth. If you are in sixth to 12th-grade at a U.S. public, private, or charter school, your challenge is to team up with your schoolmates and develop an experiment for one of the following flight test vehicles:

  • Suborbital rocket with about three minutes of microgravity (i.e., weightlessness)

  • High-altitude balloon with more than four hours of flight time at 70,000 feet, exposure to Earth’s atmosphere, and views of our planet

A total of 57 winning teams will each receive $1,500 to build their experiment, a 3D-printed flight box in which to build it, and an assigned spot to test their experiment on a NASA-sponsored suborbital flight. The winning teams will also have access to technical support and office hours with Future Engineers experts when building their experiments

Industry Opportunities/Challenges


Airport Cooperative Research Program University Design Competition for Addressing Airport Needs

The Competition challenges both individuals and teams of undergraduate and graduate students working under the guidance of a faculty advisor to address issues currently facing airports and the National Airspace System.  The Competition offers open-ended, real-world issues in four broad challenge areas:  Airport Operation and Maintenance; Runway Safety, Runway Incursions and Runway Excursions; Airport Environmental Interactions, and Airport Management and Planning.  The challenges can be tackled by students from many STEM disciplines; business, computer science and psychology among others.

Students win cash prizes and the university receives special recognition.  First place will receive $3,000, second place will receive $2,000, and third place will receive $1,000.  First place winners present their designs at a special ceremony at the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine in Washington, DC and at a relevant national conference with travel expenses covered.  

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Maggi Kraft, former ISGC fellow, conducts research for her project, Estimating snowmelt in forested mountain watersheds with ground measurements, lidar remote sensing, and MODIS fSCA

Learn more about the important research done by Maggi and her team at Boise State University in this article.