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    Cassini Essay Winner
    October 29, 2013

    Zack Shadid, November 1, 2013 - Monique Cordoza, a sixth grade student at ASTEC Charter School in Oklahoma City, wrote the winning essay in the Cassini Scientist for a Day Contest. The Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) Cassini Outreach Team in California created the national contest and the Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium (OSGC) partnered with JPL to select an Oklahoma’s entry. Monique won $100 and a framed certificate for her outstanding essay and will now participate at the national level through JPL. Mr. Justin Perkins, her teacher at ASTEC, was selected summer of 2013 to participate in OSGC’s summer teacher institute, Mission to Planet Earth. As the sponsoring teacher, Mr. Perkins won $150 worth of materials to further integrate space education into his classes. Congratulations to Monique and Mr. Perkins!
    MTPE iPad Weekend
    September 27-29, 2013

    Zack Shadid, October 14, 2013 - On September 27th - 29th, fifteen of our MTPE Class of 2013 pre-service and in-service educators participated in a 3 day iPad Weekend at the National Weather Center on the University of Oklahoma campus. Over the course of 3 days, the teachers learned how to effectively use the iPad for classroom management, acquired new apps for integration across the curriculum, and best practices for parental communication which all added upon the NASA apps they learned about this summer. In addition, our Education Coordinator, Dorinda Risenhoover, immersed the educators in hands-on NASA STEM based activities which included making mashed potato landscapes for use with the 123D Catch app, using cheap and recycled materials to create a variety of robotic devices, as well as making their very own vortex gun. The highlight of the weekend was when Dr. Mark Yeary and his NASA EPSCoR research team shared how a radar works and gave each of the educators their very own radar gun for classroom use! The educators are already implementing what they learned into their classrooms.
    Summer Intern Returns
    Jared Christen, September 24, 2013 - This summer I had a ten-week internship at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California. There I worked with the Simulation and Support Equipment group under the direction of David Henriquez and Keith Martin. My goal was to update ground test software developed for the Mars Science Laboratory rover mission and being reused for the Soil Moisture Active Passive satellite. The software provides a way to test flight hardware and software both in a testbed and as a simulation. I began porting the software for 64-bit systems so that it keeps pace with technological progress and may be reused on future projects, including a potential mission to gauge the habitability of Jupiter’s icy moon Europa. I had an incredible experience developing exciting technology and brushing shoulders with the scientists and engineers who conduct some of the most important research and development of our time.

    Space Cowboys Complete Flight Aboard NASA’S Reduced Gravity Aircraft
    June 12, 2013
    Zack Shadid, June 12, 2013 - 9 OSU aerospace engineering students ventured to NASA Johnson Space Center’s Ellington Field in Houston to conduct experiments aboard the reduced gravity aircraft this week. The Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program (RGEFP) gives undergraduate students the opportunity to propose, build and fly experiments in reduced gravity. The teams performed the experiments aboard a microgravity aircraft that produces periods of weightlessness for up to 25 seconds at a time by executing a series of approximately 30 roller coaster-like parabolas over the Gulf of Mexico. During the free falls, the students gathered data in the unique environment that mimics space.

    The OSU team’s opportunity to participate is the result of the hard work and commitment of the team that includes team leader Zach Barbeau, veteran Space Cowboys Alyssa Avery, Calvin Brown, Shea Fehrenbach and Thomas Verschelden, new members Brian Delano, Geoff Kibble, Jake Hathaway, and Reyhan Eusufzai, and faculty advisor Prof. Jamey Jacob. The team was selected based on scientific merit and educational outreach potential from more than 30 proposals. The team completed NASA research on artificial gravity generation for long duration space flight; a concept that they developed over several years. The flights by the Space Cowboy team also included outreach experiments that involved students from Stillwater Junior High School and Gordon Cooper Pre-engineering Academy.
    “We are excited that our program provides once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for aspiring scientists and engineers to study and understand their craft. The students gain useful skills by participating in the program through collaborative planning and teamwork,” said Frank Prochaska, RGEFP Manager.
    The Space Cowboy team arrived at Ellington Field, where astronauts do their T-38 training, on May 31, accompanied by Tulsa Channel 2 anchor Russ McCaskey, who flew with the team in zero gravity. Following their flight and return to OSU, the team will evaluate findings, draw conclusions and provide the results to NASA for further evaluation. Outcomes from the OSU experiment will help future astronauts and NASA in future long duration space missions such as those to Mars and deep space. Results of the experiment and photos of the team will be available on their Facebook page at The team received financial support from the Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium and Ray and Linda Booker.
    For more information about the Reduced Gravity Education Flight Program, visit: here.
    Student Flights
    April 6, 2013
    Zack Shadid, April 18, 2013 - Student Flight is a program sponsored by the Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium that allows teachers to bring their students to the Norman Airport so they can be taken on private flights with Flight directors and instructors at the University of Oklahoma. This is used in conjunction with Mission to Planet Earth to help get kids interested in STEM subjects. More information here.
    Trip to Jet Propulsion Laboratory
    Zack Shadid, April 18, 2013 - Over Spring Break 2013, The Oklahoma Space Grant travelled to Los Angeles, California for a special guided tour through the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The majority of the attendees were college students, who had a chance to get a summer intership at JPL! The whole trip took four days, two of which were mostly travel. The first day we were in L.A. we went to the California Science Museum for a bit of fun and finished the day up with an IMAX movie about the Hubble Telescope. The second day is when we went to JPL and got a personal guided tour through it's innerworkings. We even got to go into Mission Control and watch as real JPL and NASA experts worked on their respective projects. The experience was not only informative and fun, but also gave many of the students a taste of what goes on inside a NASA Space Center. More pictures can be found here.
    UAV Airshow
    April 28, 2012

    Kat Rigby, May 9, 2012 - Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium member Oklahoma State University sponsored Speedfest II on April 28, 2012 at the Unmanned Aircraft Flight Station in Stillwater, OK. The competition is designed to foster enthusiasm for aviation and unmanned aircraft design. Three teams competed in the Alpha (collegiate) class. There were seven teams in the India (invitational) class, which was open to high-school teams. High school team mentor Marie Pool from Clinton, OK communicated, "Many, many thanks for sending me the info for SpeedFest. My student learned so much and enjoyed learning --- even from their mistakes. Our plane was totally awesome! Thanks for the wonderful opportunity."
    The scoring for the flight competition was based on distance traveled within 2 minutes, on a course with two turn markers spaced 600 feet apart. One point was awarded for each turn marker crossed. In addition, teams were encouraged to compete for the optional Team Promotional Video Award. These videos were posted on social media sites, and voting took place on Facebook from April 20 through the 28th.
    In addition to the flight competition, spectators saw aeronautical flight demonstrations by helicopters, planes, and even a flying lawn mower. There was a small-scale electronic warbird "combat", and a flyover by the Ponca City Aviation Booster Club.
    Plans for Speedfest III are already underway. More information is available at

    Summer 2012 Internships
    Josh Hightower
    Josh Hightower
    Kat Rigby, May 30, 2012 - Josh Hightower from Southeastern Oklahoma State University has been picked for an internship at NASA's Langley Research Center this summer. He will be in Virginia from June 4th until August 10th. While there, Josh will be converting legacy fortran to Matlab in order to make the software work more efficiently on the Center's current machines.
    Kelli Simon
    Kelli Simon
    Kat Rigby, May 16, 2012 - Kelli Simon, 21 year old junior engineering technology student at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, is from Purcell, OK. She has been selected for a ten week internship beginning June 4th at NASA Langley Research Center, located in Hampton, Virginia. She will be working on the "Wind Tunnel Wall Interference Archive Management Project" with mentor Dr. Joel L. Everhart.
    Kelli stated, "I applied for a summer internship with NASA by the encouragement and support of some of the professors and chair of the department. I thought it would be a long shot for a student from a small college in western Oklahoma to be chosen to work with the caliber of people that NASA employs. I look forward to what is to come and I am sincerely hoping to gain knowledge that will further my capabilities. I am utterly grateful to all the work that has gone into making these opportunities possible for students like myself."

    Fall 2012 Internship
    Corbin Graham
    Kat Rigby, September 4, 2012 - Corbin Graham, a student in the College of Engineering at The University of Oklahoma, is enrolled in an accelerated program to obtain his masters degree in aerospace engineering. NASA Ames Research Center recently selected him from among dozens of applicants to spend the 2012 fall semester in the Center's internship program. Born and raised in Seminole, Oklahoma, he graduated as salutatorian of his high school class in 2010. The following year, he earned his Associates Degree in Science from Seminole State College. While a student at Seminole, he participated in the 2011 Summer/Fall session of NASA's National Community College Aerospace Scholars and attended the onsite portion of the program at Marshall Space Flight Center in November 2011. Corbin also participated in NASA's Reduced Gravity Flight Program in May 2012 at Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas. His team of ten designed and built a project relating to self-propagating high-temperature synthesis reactions. Once completed, they flew experiment in zero gravity.
    As a Transfer Leadership Scholar at The University of Oklahoma, Corbin is a member of Phi Theta Kappa and also works a part time job. Corbin's future plans include working for NASA and one day being an astronaut.
    Trip to Kennedy Space Center
    March 2012
    Kennedy 2012
    Kat Rigby, April 11, 2012 - The Workforce Development Trip was hosted this year by the Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium at the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. In mid-March, 15 students from numerous universities across the state, four faculty members, and three OSGC staff members travelled to Florida to participate. The trip was full of excitement for all involved! On Monday, March 19, we arrived in Florida and had a day to recoup from our flights before the next day. On Tuesday, the students, faculty and staff were taken through Kennedy Space Center to visit different researchers. In speaking to the researchers, each student was able to relate some part of their major into understanding what career opportunities are available at the center. We got to view many labs including: Chemistry and Polymer, Electrical Failure Analysis, Physical Testing and Corrosion, and Applied Physics. Wednesday, March 21, the group was able to go on a special tour of the center which included visiting the Vehicle Assembly Building, a Launch Pad, and a museum on the center. Overall, it was a great trip!

    OSGC Goes to Houston
    February 2012

    Kat Rigby, March 9, 2012 - The Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Consortium was chosen to present a hands-on workshop to educators at this year's Space Center Houston SEEC on February 1st - 5th, 2012. Hundreds of teachers from 33 states and 6 countries attended this year's conference. During the hands-on sessions, Dorinda Risenhoover (Education Coordinator) with Lianna Mueller (MTPE 2011 graduate) and Rosa Denton (MTPE 2011 graduate) presented a hands-on STEM remote sensing workshop called "A View of the Earth from Above." Over the course of 3 hours, participants were immersed in sattelite imagery, aerial photography, map comparisons, 3-D topographical maps, global positioning systems, and literature connections.

    Summer Interns have returned!
    Summer 2011
    Kat Rigby, September 9 - The students from Oklahoma universities with internships with NASA have returned and have shared their experiences with us.

    Guillermo Morales

    Guillermo Morales
    "This past summer I had the privilege of interning at NASA's Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia. I worked for the Advanced Materials & Processing Branch under Dr. Frank Palmieri and Dr. John Connell. My project was focused on laser surface preparation techniques for adhesively bonded aerospace materials. The goal for the project was to try to find more economical, greener, and durable bonds using laser ablation surface engineering. I had an amazing experience working alongside some of the nation's experts in aerospace materials, conducting laboratory experiments, analyzing data, and presenting our results. While there, my mentor also sponsored for me to attend the National Council of La Raza Latino Advocacy Conference in Washington, DC where I helped promote NASA at their family expo booth."
    Matthew Stangl
    Matthew Stangl
    "This summer I worked on developing a mobile presence for the NTRS. The NTRS (NASA Technical Reports Server) is a database that contains all of the publicly available records that NASA has published. I started out with creating a mobile application, but then eventually changed focus towards a mobile website instead. The reason why a mobile website was chosen instead of an application is that creating a mobile website would be able to work on multiple platforms such as: Android, Blackberry, and IPhone. Whereas developing for a mobile application would have required multiple applications to be built for all platforms to be able to access the information. I completed the mobile websites functionality, but was not able to get the search portion of the website up and running because access could not be granted to the production servers in the time that I was there. I feel that this summer was a huge benefit to my technical skill set, as well as getting a taste of what it is like to work in a professional environment. After working at NASA this summer I feel that I am more prepared, whenever I graduate, to step into a full-time job."
    Daniel Thompson
    "This summer, my time was spent working at the Goddard Space Flight Center (GSFC) in Greenbelt, MD on NASA's digital beamforming synthetic aperture radar (DBSAR). Leveraging off of my graduate studies of digital transceivers, I was able directly apply my thesis work to the DBSAR system. This included waveform generation techniques (simulated and implemented), digital intermediate frequency (IF) receiver theory, and radar controlling software applications. My primary job was to develop, debug, troubleshoot, and maintain the platform's firmware and software systems. Additionally, my internship included preparing the radar to be flight ready for a campaign in August and printed circuit board (PCB) design for upgraded hardware modules to the DBSAR. Aside from working, I was fortunate enough to be able to drive down to Cape Canaveral, FL to witness STS-135, NASA's final space shuttle mission."
    Jamere King
    This summer I was able to get my hands on many different projects, even the opportunity to work side by side with the NASA-Goddard CIO. My main project was assisting the Enterprise Architecture (EA) Team with building a process of incorporating emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and holographic interfaces into their Center (primarily focused on conference room technologies). Employees there felt this new technology will help them to become more flexible and collaborative in conferencing. They wanted to be able to interact not only with people attending the meetings, but also people using VoIP systems, teleconferencing, or conferencing remotely using high tech video cameras to look in.
    Secondly, I worked with the Web Enterprise Service Techologies (WEST) contracted. They are a company that contracts through NASA and are responsible for everything that deals with web application and services.
    With this group I worked with the IT-Security people. I analyzed databases and helped provide technical reports for the database. Also, I learned PERL Scripting language, and wrote a script on HTTP Request/Response Headers for the security of external NASA domains for public users.
    Finally, I received the opportunity along with 5 other interns to work along side the Chief Information Officer (CIO). We helped put together technical videos and presentations for his presentation to the other divisions within the Center. Currently, each code manages their own IT infrastructure and the CIO wanted to provide one centralized IT infrastructure that will ultimately save NASA money.I had an awesome time at Goddard, and would highly recommend this opportunity to anyone! I learned that if you work hard, good things will come. After leaving, I got a call from the Kennedy Space Center to work on computer hardware systems. Also, I learned the key to networking and meeting others and exchanging information. I have gained tons and friends, and I still remain in contact today. And finally, I learned that your school does not define you. I attend SWOSU which isn't that big of a school, but with hard work I was given an opportunity and made the most of it.

    MTPE 2011
    June 13, 2011
    MTPE 2011
    Kat Rigby, June 20 - We have just completed our 2011 Mission to Planet Earth educator workshop. There were 16 teachers who participated in the 10 day workshop, gaining knowledge about many hands-on approaches to teaching. Photos from this event have now been posted to flickr. Click here to view them.

    Women in Science Photos
    May 19, 2011
    Photos from the Women in Science conference in February have now been posted to flickr!
    Click here to view them.

    UAV Invitational Airshow and Speedfest
    April 30, 2011
    Don Perry's F-16
    Photo Credit: OSU
    Kat Rigby, April 16 - Oklahoma State University, School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering, University Multispectral Laboratories, NASA Oklahoma Space Grant Consortium, and Stillwater RC Fliers recently hosted the first annual UAV Invitational Airshow and Speedfest. There were flight demonstrations as well as UAV and rocket displays.
    More than 750 people showed up, making this event a huge success.
    "The Orange team did a nice surprise and built a version of their airplane with fabric soldiers camouflage and cloth flags and baked them into the epoxy and carbon finishes. They then offered it for a silent auction at the event for the Wounded Warrior veterans charity. It raised $400 at the event!"
    The lady who won the plane returned it to the university. With a wingspan of 38 inches and reaching speeds up to 195 mph, this plane demonstrates the innovative nature the team who built it.
    More on: UAV Airshow
    Reference - Andrew Arena

    Summer Internships
    Daniel Thompson
    Kat Rigby, May 19 - Daniel Thompson, from the University of Oklahoma, will be an intern for the Goddard Space Flight Center. Beginning June 1, Daniel will be in Maryland "working on digital hardware design and signal processing for radar applications. He will be an intern there for 5 weeks, returning August 5. Reference, Photo Credit - Daniel Thompson

    Guillermo Morales
    Kat Rigby, April 15 - Guillermo Morales, a junior at the University of Oklahoma, will be an intern for NASA's 2011 Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars (LARSS) Program. He will be in Hampton, Virginia for the internship beginning June 6, and continuing until August 12. While there, Guillermo will "conduct hands-on research in an effort to develop adhesive bonding methodologies and other material science research for applications in aircraft structures."
    More on: LARSS
    Reference, Photo Credit - Guillermo Morales

    Jamere King
    Kat Rigby, April 15 - Jamere King from Southwestern Oklahoma State University will be going to the Goddard Space Flight Center on a ten week internship beginning June 1. While there, Jamere will "assist Enterprise Architects team members with research on emerging IT technologies and assist in the maintenanceof the EA Artifact Repository Assist Team in preparation for the EA sponsored IT Roadmap Summer Workshop.
    More on: IT Roadmap
    Reference, Photo Credit - Jamere King

    Matthew Stangl
    Kat Rigby, April 15 - Matthew Stangl from Southwestern Oklahoma State University will be a part of NASA's Langley Aerospace Research Summer Scholars. Beginning June 6, he will begin his ten week internship. While there, Matthew will work to "enhance the discovery of NASA's Scientific and Technical Information via Wikipedia," as well as exploring "Web 2.0 and social media tools that can be used to promote/repurpose" information "of critical importance to NASA and the Nation."
    More on: LARSS STI
    Reference, Photo Credit - Matthew Stangl

    Langley/Goddard Trip
    Rob Johnson, April 10 - Every year Oklahoma NASA Space Grant Consortium takes selected students and faculty members on a NASA Workforce Development experience. The student's educational backgrounds come mainly from STEM fields but also include areas in aviation and business-related majors. The purpose of the workforce development trip is to give students a firsthand look at the various careers that NASA can offer. The students get a chance to visit with research scientists as well as NASA administration. In addition to interaction with NASA employees, the students receive a behind the scenes tour of the facilities and, in some cases, are allowed to see scientists work on active projects/missions.
    This year's trip took place during the week of spring break. Through a highly competitive application process, ten students were selected from across the state to join faculty members and the OSGC office on a visit of two NASA research facilities. These facilities were the Langley Research Center in Langley, VA and the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, MD.
    At the Langley Research Center, the students were able to experience the diversity of NASA's model workshops. Here, workers and researchers develop and build scale models of a variety of aircrafts and aviation parts. With these cost-effective models, scientists and manufacturers can devise future aircrafts and improve current designs. The students also got to explore the National Transonic Facility (NTF), where NASA is able to tests these models. The NTF at Langley is a high pressure, cryogenic, closed-circuit wind tunnel where not only NASA, but several aviation companies test aircraft designs.
    At the Goddard Space Flight center, the students were greeted by the Chief Information Officer, Dr. Ed Rogers, who gave a presentation on how the administration and scientists work together on mission planning and the importance of teamwork and communication. Students then were taken on a tour, behind the safety of observation areas, of the world's largest clean room. Here students were able to see scientists actively working on NASA's new space telescope, the James Webb Telescope. At the end of the visit, students were able to visit the workshop of the next generation of robotic rovers. This shop is designed to have high school and college interns work alongside researchers to develop and build robots that can function in extreme environments.
    Since the trip took place near Washington, DC, students were given the opportunity to visit the Smithsonian's Air and Space Museum. Through an assortment of aircrafts and rockets, students were able to see the history of flight and the beginnings of NASA.