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Transparent Spacer Pixle The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is a coalition of five Virginia colleges and universities, NASA, state educational agencies, Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology, and other institutions representing diverse aerospace education and research.

The VSGC acts as an umbrella organization, coordinating and developing aerospace-related and high technology educational and research efforts throughout the Commonwealth and connecting Virginia's effort to a national community of shared aerospace interests.

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News and Announcements

2014 Student Research Conference

Join us for the 2014 Student Research Conference at Hampton University! A total of 39 Graduate Research Fellows and 13 Undergraduate Research Scholars will present the results of their research funded by the VSGC.

A LUNCHEON to honor the 2013-14 VSGC Scholars and Fellows will be held during the conference. This luncheon is by invitation only.

RSVP to Jan Dotzauer at jdotzaue@odu.edu.


GeoTREK12

A three-day GEOTREK-12 workshop will be held on July 21-23, 2014. Participants will be introduced to commonly used GSTs: global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS).

Approximately twenty seats are available for this workshop: 15 for high school teachers and five for administrators working in the TNCC service area. Teachers will receive a $250 stipend provided that all expectations within and outside of the workshop are met.

For more information, visit the GeoTREK12 website HERE.


VINES: Virginia Informal Environments: Cultivating Vines of Commitment for STEM

FREE Professional Development Workshop for education specialists at museums, zoos, parks, and historic sites across Virginia.

This highly interactive, day-long workshop is brought to you by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium in collaboration with The Center for Educational Partnerships at Old Dominion University. Attendees will take away strategies and materials to promote enduring personal connections with and commitments to STEM as related to the mission and values of their organization.

When: Monday May 19, 2014


Virginia Space Grant Consortium Receives 2014 Programs That Work Award from Virginia Mathematics & Science Coalition

The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program, operated by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), has received the prestigious 2014 Programs That Work Award from the Virginia Mathematics & Science Coalition (VMSC). The award recognizes exemplary mathematics, science, and integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs for which there is evidence of a positive impact on student or teacher learning.

VASTS, a free program open to qualified high school juniors statewide, offers an exploration-themed, online course based on the exciting work of NASA. Students who perform well in the course are invited to one of three, one-week summer academies at NASA Langley Research Center where they work with science, technology and engineering mentors to design a human mission to Mars. Participants earn up to four college credits upon completion. Since inception in 2008, VASTS has educated 2460 students, who represent 100% of Virginia's legislative districts. The program is a partnership between VSGC and NASA Langley Research Centers with additional funding support from the Commonwealth of Virginia and industry.

Download the FULL PRESS RELEASE.

Visit the VASTS website.


Integrative STEM Program (inSTEP)

Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is pleased to announce the upcoming 2014-2016 integrative STEM program (instep) for future STEM teachers. This two-year program serves to increase preservice students' understanding of STEM and how to teach integrative STEM in the classroom. The inSTEP preservice teachers must have demonstrated interest in teaching in grades 4-8, as well as science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics. The program includes $5000 scholarship, FIRST Lego robotics training, conference travel and registration, travel support to two NASA Centers for innovative STEM training, and MORE!!!

Visit inSTEP to find out more information and apply.