May 12, 2018 | 12-4 p.m.
NASA Goddard’s Visitor Center
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Forty lucky students will be selected to participate in a NASA science, technology, engineering, art and math challenge: a valuable professional development and NASA mentoring opportunity! The prize? A photo downlink from the International Space Station at a later date (to be determined).
Come prepared to work on a cross-functional team to create an outreach activity using innovative technologies to engage middle school students in learning about optical communications. You will produce a comprehensive presentation that demonstrates your idea; the cost, schedule and materials; and the impact it will have on middle school education.
The outcome of your day will:
- Ignite passion and drive to help build the future of space communications
- Encourage students to enter STEAM careers
The application period opens on April 12, 2018. Submit your name, grade, school and answer to the following prompt to GSFC-SCaN-Engagement@mail.nasa.gov by May 1.
- Write a paragraph telling us why space communications is important for NASA and make a prediction for the following scenario. All of NASA’s emerging technologies work out and we are able to live on the moon and operate a space communications network there. How do you imagine that would impact the human race? What would the cultures of the world look like?
- Be able to bring a laptop that can connect to Wi-fi to the innovation challenge.
Here are some links for further information on space communications:
- About NASA’s Space Communications and Navigation program
- SCaN’s Benefit to Society
- SCaN History
- Space Network and Morse Code
- Laser Communications and Orion
- Near Earth Network Advancements
- Amateur Radio on the ISS (ARISS)
Sponsored by Space Communications and Navigation (SCaN) and Amateur Radio on the International Space Station (ARISS).