NASA's Microgravity University
To give students the opportunity to work on a real-world NASA project, to be part of a multidisciplinary team and promote NASA and STEM to students thoughout the local area.
Issues Involved or Addressed
The exact challenge is detemined by NASA, but as an example in recent years the studetns have designed, built and tested at NASA a prototype spacewalking tool. The program requires students to write a proposal, a Test Equipment Data Package, and a final report to NASA. The students will also provide significant outreach to local schools and communities to promote NASA and STEM. This experience will provide students with new skills and knowledge, such as systems engineering, human interface design, and an understanding of how the concepts of their coursework can be applied. Studetns will also learn many non-technical skills such as communication, teamwork, leadership, presentation, and creativity.
Methods and Technologies
Academic Majors of Interest
Preferred Interests and Preparation
Working on a team to create a new product for NASA.