Aerospacefest at the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center celebrates space science, aeronautics, and all things science with a weekend of rocket and balloon launches, telescopes and solar viewing, Mad Science, Ham Radio operators, radio-controlled airplanes, an Astronaut keynote speaker, and more. NHSGC one of several sponsors of this event.
NH FIRST Robotics Competition
FIRST Robotics Competition pairs high school students with technical professionals in building a robot to compete in an engineering/design challenge. Sponsors fund materials and entry fee. NHSGC is a sponsor of the Oyster River H.S. team, the River's Edge (#3499). The 2014 challenge: Aerial Assist, a challenge between two competing alliances of three robots each. Read more...
The River's Edge finished 9th in the regional competition at the Univ. of N.H. They went on to compete in an additional regional competition on Mar. 28-29 at Northeastern Univ. finished in 25th place.
At the McAuliffe Shepard Discovery Center, every Friday is "SuperStellar." Open to the public, NHSGC supports Friday evening presentations by scientists on discoveries, historical events, and science concepts. The evening ends with a look at "Tonight's Sky" in the full-dome theatre.
New England Fall Astronomy Festival
NH Space Grant provides support for the New England Fall Astronomy Festival held at the University of New Hampshire's Observatory in autumn. The 2013 keynote speaker was Dava Sobel, award-winning author and playwright. Activities included sky watching and safe solar viewing, astronomy talks, telescope clinic (courtesy of the NH Astronomical Society), family activities.
Dartmouth College Wetterhahn Symposium
NHSGC offered support to Dartmouth College Women-in-Science students presenting their "capstone" research projects at the Wetterhahn Undergraduate Symposium.
UNH Undergraduate Research Conference:
Interdisciplinary Science & Eng. Symposium
NHSGC provided one of nine awards for outstanding student research at this UNH conference, held April 23, 2014. Community and industry leaders served as judges in nine categories of undergraduate science and engineering research presentations at the Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Symposium.
Project SMART is a four week UNH summer residential program for high school students in grades 10-11. Using the resources of the university, it challenges students to conduct actual scientific research. NH Space Grant funded space science and environmental sciences modules.
Founded by NH Space Grant, Forest Watch partners UNH scientists and middle/high school students in monitoring the health of northern white pine trees in NH. Over 100 schools collect samples and use satellite data to monitor ozone effects on this indicator species.
Forest Watch originated with NH Space Grant and is celebrating more than 20 years of environmental monitoring with students.
Mount Washington Outreach Observers
Stationed at the Mount Washington Observatory summit facility, the Outreach Observers are trained weather specialists who offer tours, educational programs, and workshops.
Citizen Science Outreach and Science Education
The Margret and H. A. Rey Center offers several citizen science engagement opportunities to the public and in schools to foster an interest in scientific research. The Center has developed programs for science teachers that encourage ongoing environmental monitoring and mountain weather curriculums. Public education programs such as Tecumseh Overnights and Welch Stewardship Hikes encourage citizens to protect the environment and to live more sustainably.
McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center Exhibit
The discovery center created an exhibit on living and working in space, drawing on artifacts from prior space grant activities and from items items obtained through NASA's de-accessioning program.
North Country Astronomy
The Margret and H. A. Rey Center, partnered with the McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center and the New Hampshire Astronomical Society, hosts stargazing evenings and astronomy education programs in Waterville Valley. Activities include Dark Sky Stargazing Nights, guided exploration of important night sky events, lecture programs, and family-friendly learning activities.
Rey Center Environmental Monitoring
The Margret and H. A. Rey Center oversees several environmental monitoring initiatives which support environmental stewardship, and long-term research datasets for managers of the region’s natural resources. In partnership with Plymouth State University, the Rey Center supports climate change and vegetation phenology research through project TRET, the Tecumseh Research and Education Transect, located on Mount Tecumseh in Waterville Valley, NH. The Rey Center's Water Watchers program routinely measures water quality parameters as indicators about the ongoing health of our water and environment.
UNH TableSat Teams
NASA Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, through NH Space Grant, funds UNH student engineering teams working on projects that model NASA space missions. This year's team worked on components like those on the Magnetospheric Multiscale (MMS) mission.
UNH Cooperative Extension Remote Imaging Project
With NH Space Grant support, UNH Cooperative Extension began a remote imaging research infrastructure project, "Expanding Access to and Use of Imagery in New Hampshire." The goal: to catalog existing resources and newly available imagery and to offer web-based access for users from government, non-profit, education, research, and business sectors.