New England Fall Astronomy Festival
NH Space Grant provided support for the New England Fall Astronomy Festival held at the University of New Hampshire's Observatory on Oct.17-18, 2014. Friday keynote speaker was Dr. Carolyn Porco, Imaging Science Team Leader for the NASA Cassini Mission. Saturday featured speaker was Sandy fletcher, NASA Flight Controller & Astronaut Trainre at NASA- Johnson SFC.
NEFAF activities included sky watching and safe solar viewing, astronomy talks, telescope clinic (courtesy of the NH Astronomical Society), family activities. Speakers also presented at an Oyster River High School Assembly, speaking to students on NASA career paths.
Aerospacefest celebrates space science and aeronautics 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 2014
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 competition between two alliances (3 robots each). Read more...
The River's Edge finished 9th in the 38-team regional competition at the Univ. of N.H. on March 6-7, 2014. In an additional regional competition, Mar. 28-29, 2014, at Northeastern Univ. they finished 25th among 40 teams.
UNH Undergraduate Research Conference:
Interdisciplinary Science & Eng. Symposium
On April 23, 2014, at the UNH Undergraduate Research Conference, NHSGC provided one of nine awards for outstanding student research presented in the Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Symposium. Chad Civello, UNH senior, Physics major, received the NHSGC award. Community and industry leaders served as judges in nine categories of undergraduate science and engineering research presentations. 361 students presented individual and team projects at the 2014 Interdisciplinary Science & Engineering Symposium.
Kennett HS HUNCH Students
On May 17, 2014, eleven students from Mt. Washington Valley Career and Technical Ctr. of Kennett High School in N. Conway, NH, were recognized at GSFC for their part in the NASA HUNCH program. During the school year, the advanced metals students used precision tooling to create components for a storage locker to be used at the International Space Station Training Facility — possibly to be used on the Intl. Space Station.
With travel funding from NHSGC, students and their teachers toured GSFC and its machine shop, and were introduced to the world of NASA research, hardware, and engineering. Conway Daily Sun article (5/29/14)...
On July 1-25, 2014, UNH hosted a four-week summer program for 10th and 11th grade H.S. students interested in advancing their knowledge in a particular area of science, looking at scientific applications and societal implications.
The Space Science module of the Project SMART program, funded by NHSGC, included faculty lectures and hands-on experience. One component of this is building the payload for in a high-altitude balloon. The 2014 balloon was launched in Durham, NH. Students tracked and recovered the payload in Turner, ME.
Climate & Carbon Investigations Workshop for STEM Teachers
On August 11-14, 2014, ten STEM-discipline teachers (grades 6-12) participated in a NHSGC-sponsored workshop on Climate and Carbon Investigations, held at UNH-Durham camput and taught by a team of UNH researchers and environmental science teachers.
The Carbon Cycle and Climate Investigations materials were developed under a NASA Innovations in Climate Education Grant. Teachers received program materials useful in setting up their own classroom research plots, teaching students to collect and analyze data for exploring climate research questions.
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.
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.
Dartmouth College Wetterhahn Symposium
NHSGC offered support to Dartmouth College Women-in-Science students presenting their "capstone" research projects at the Wetterhahn Undergraduate Symposium.
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.