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
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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.
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.
Announcing Virginia Space Grant Consortium New Investigator Program Request for Proposals!
The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is seeking tenure track faculty at member universities for our New Investigator Program. This program is designed to strengthen Virginia's research infrastructure by providing startup funding to Virginia Space Grant university personnel who are conducting research that is directly aligned with NASA's mission. NASA's research interests embrace a wide range of science, engineering, computational and other disciplines. This opportunity is available to new faculty members who are within the first five (5) years of their academic career. The deadline for proposals is February 7, 2014.
Individuals must be qualified to serve as a principal investigator at their respective institution and be a U.S. Citizen. A total of 5 awards of $10,000 each will be made contingent on NASA funding. The award period is February 21, 2014 - June 1, 2015. Submission is limited to one proposal per investigator.
Educators Passionate About Preparing Future Workforce in Geospatial Technology
Nineteen community college faculty and three high school teachers participated in an intensive one-week Regional Geospatial Institute coordinated by the Expanding Geospatial Technician Education Through Virginia's Community Colleges (GeoTEd) project. Hosted by Virginia Tech, the Institute provided the cohort of educators with hands-on professional development in using geospatial technologies to support the implementation of these technologies in the classroom.
The Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) will offer an exciting, on-campus, summer STEM experience for current 8th and 9th grade students from high schools in the Southwest Virginia, Southern Piedmont, Charlottesville, and Greater Richmond areas. Offered FREE to students, BLAST will bring STEM alive through a series of innovative experiences led by UVA faculty and staff, and designed to spark interest in STEM opportunities. Faculty demonstrations will showcase some out-of-the-ordinary science and engineering results with the goal to increase student curiosity.