There are two important deadlines coming in the next week for the ANGLeS Challenge.
April 15 — Deadline for organizations to register. All teams must be associated with an organization, so it’s crucial that the organization registers by the end of the day on Monday, April 15. There’s no penalty for registering and then not participating in the Challenge! We encourage all organizations who think they may be interested to register now and make your decision later so that you don’t miss the registration window.
April 19 — Every NASA mission has a mission patch that illustrates the goal and spirit of the project, where the project originates from, and which institutions are participating. Each team is encouraged to create and submit a Mission Patch. We encourage teams to get creative and design a mission patch that represents themselves, their community, and their mission in the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge.
Please post your Mission Patches to the social media with the hashtags #ApolloNextGiantLeap and #Apollo50, then submit the link to us using the form linked below. Note, you will need your team number (e.g. WA999A) to submit the form, so please have that ready. You can find that number in your registration confirmation email.
For inspiration, here are some examples of NASA mission patches from over the years. NASA’s description of the Apollo 11 patch states:
The American eagle, symbolic of the United States, was about to land on the Moon. In its talons, an olive branch indicated the crew “came in peace for all mankind.” The Earth, the place from which the crew came and would return safely in order to fulfill President John F. Kennedy’s challenge to the nation, rested on a field of black, representing the vast unknown of space
Have you been thinking about registering for the ANGLeS Challenge, but been worried you won’t have time?
We’re pleased to give you a little more time — the ANGLeS Challenge registration deadline for organizations is now April 15! Read all the details on our registration page to be sure your organization and team(s) have been properly registered. Registration is necessary in order to receive the NASA certificate and, most importantly, to have a chance at one of the grand prize trips to a NASA center!
(There are no penalties for registering now and choosing later to not run the Challenge. If you’re interested, it’s better to register now to be sure your organization/team is signed up, then decide later if you’ll run the Challenge or not.)
Once you’ve registered, check out the resources and supplies pages to make sure you have everything your team needs for the Challenge. And don’t forget the timeline page to make sure all the important deadlines are on your calendar.
And now, NASA is looking to the not-too-distant future when humans
will step onto the moon again — and when they’ll take that long, giant
leap onto Mars.
Now it’s your turn.
To celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing and to prepare for the next giant leap, NASA’s Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (NESSP) invites students to enter the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge — the ANGLeS Challenge. Open to students in grades 5-12 across the United States and territories, the event challenges student teams to recreate the Apollo 11 moon landing using a drone and a LEGO Mindstorms robot.
Organizations will run the Apollo Next Giant Leap Student Challenge locally to select a team to advance to the nearest regional challenge hub. The top team at each regional challenge hub will earn the grand prize of a trip to a NASA center!
Who can participate?
The ANGLeS Challenge is open to all students in the United States and
territories who are in grades 5-12. We encourage everyone to give the
challenge a try!
Registration opens February 1, 2019.
What are the prizes?
The top team from each regional challenge hub will receive a trip to Johnson Space Center in August 2019.
The top team from each state, Washington D.C., and territories will receive official recognition, even if your area doesn’t have a regional challenge hub.
What’s the challenge?
Each team will build a replica of the lunar module
and use a remote-controlled drone to land it on an 8-by-10-foot map of
the moon’s surface. Students will modify and program a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot to then explore the lunar surface and bring back a rock sample.
High school students will also use the drone to retrieve the team’s lunar module and bring it back to the starting line.
Full details of all stages of the challenge will be in the manual, to be available on February 1, 2019.
On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 mission landed the first two people on the surface of the moon. NASA astronaut Neil Armstrong took the first steps and famously proclaimed: “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”
This July will mark the 50th anniversary of that landmark event. The University of Washington’s Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline is calling on the next generation of astronauts and aeronautical engineers to recreate the historic event using modern technology.
At a kickoff event Jan. 30 in Kent, Washington, the organizers will officially open the Apollo 50 Next Giant Leap Student Challenge, known for short as the ANGLeS Challenge, in collaboration with NASA’s Science Mission Directorate.
“This is a truly interdisciplinary challenge, involving computer programming, robotics, remote sensing and design,” said Robert Winglee, director of the Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline and a UW professor of Earth and space sciences. “We’re calling it the ‘next giant leap.’”
Teams of students from fifth to 12th grades are invited to participate. Each team will build a replica of the lunar lander and use a remote-controlled drone to land it on an 8-by-10-foot map of the moon’s surface. Students will modify and program a Lego Mindstorms EV3 robot to then explore the lunar surface and bring back a rock sample.
High school students will also use the drone to retrieve the team’s lunar module and bring it back to the starting line.
As in a real-life expedition, teams will also create a mission patch, design uniforms, do event outreach and leave a “culturally significant artifact” on the lunar surface.
Organizers emphasize that it’s a challenge, not a contest. Teams will be judged on multiple criteria and can earn various prizes. No experience is required; registration opens Feb. 1.
The challenge has no entry fee. A $500 kit contains subsidized equipment including the drone and Lego Mindstorms parts, and loaner equipment will be available to schools that qualify. Accommodation at the UW campus will be covered for teams at schools with more than 50 percent subsidized lunches. The organizers will also help all teams with fundraising, and can provide drone and robotics training on request.
“An important aspect of the project is to provide access to NASA science and technology for many of the underserved and underrepresented communities across the U.S.,” Winglee said.
Teams must include one adult to act as the coach, and a five-member “flight crew” all under the age of 18 who will be on the challenge field to pilot the drone, operate the robot, identify rock samples and guide the pilot. Other members of the mixed-grade teams will help with building equipment, designing logos and other off-the-field tasks.
The Northwest challenge will be held in July in Seattle and is open to teams from schools or recognized informal education programs in Washington. Twelve other NASA regional hubs will also host events the week of July 15-20. The winning team from each location will win a trip in early August to visit NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston.
The initial sponsors of the national challenge are drone maker Force1, NASA, the Museum of Flight, Pacific Science Center and the City of Kent. Organizers are seeking more event sponsors, and volunteers to help advise teams and host the challenges.
The UW-based Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline consortium was created in 2016 with a $10 million cooperative agreement that established a “NASA hub” in the Pacific Northwest. The group conducts teacher trainings, especially in underrepresented communities; its past events include a NASA Pow Wow in Ellensburg and a NASA Fiesta in Seattle.
“Smaller-scale, related STEM efforts in recent years have shown that student participants have increasing interest and skill in doing STEM activities,” Winglee said. “The Apollo effort seeks to expand this effort on a national scale.”
As part of a unique NASA weeklong science education training for teachers and educators, the Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (NESSP) will co-host the NASA Fiesta de la Ciencia y la Tecnología (Science and Technology Festival) at El Centro de la Raza in Seattle on Monday, July 9, 2018.
This family friendly event is free and open to the public.
The Fiesta will honor the spirit of joy and gathering through music, food and language, while offering the chance for those young and old to engage in fun activities to learn science through hands-on activities. This event offers an opportunity for the public to come together, meet with NASA scientists, meet old friends and make new ones, while celebrating culture, heritage, science and technology.
The NASA Fiesta de la Ciencia y la Tecnología is presented with the support of NESSP, El Centro de la Raza, outreach groups from different departments at University of Washington, and other members of the Latinx community planning to attend.
As part of a special weeklong NASA science education training program for teachers and educators, the Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline (NESSP) will co-host the NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) Inter-Tribal Pow Wow at Central Washington University on Wednesday, June 27, starting at 5 p.m.
The Pow Wow is a family friendly event that is free and open to the public. Prior to the Pow Wow, there will be rocket launches, drone demonstrations, archery competitions and photography exhibits running Wednesday afternoon, 1-5 p.m. There will also be a payload building station for children, with the contents launched in a high altitude balloon at 8:15 a.m. on June 28.
The event is being presented with support and representation from the Confederated Tribes and Bands of the Yakama Nation, Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Wanapum, Spokane Tribe and other tribes planning to attend.
The NASA Inter-Tribal Pow Wow will honor the traditions of the Native American tribes of the Pacific Northwest through song, dance, food and games, while offering the chance for those young and old to engage in fun activities to learn science in a culturally relevant way.
A pow wow—derived from the Narragansett word powwaw meaning “spiritual leader”—has historically been a gathering of North America’s Native people. More modern pow wows have become a cultural celebration for Native American and First Nations people to meet, dance, sing, socialize and honor their cultures.
This event offers an opportunity for the public to come together, meet with NASA scientists, meet old friends and make new ones, while celebrating culture and heritage.
The Red-Tailed Hawk Flying Club is looking for students entering grades 6-12 for a one day exposure to the world of aviation. Students will meet aviators and engineers, learn some aviation history, engage in aerospace related STEM activity and fly with the Red-Tailed Hawks.
Aviation Day Camp will be held July 28, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM, at The Museum of Flight.
Sign up by June 22nd.
To sign up, please contact Roland Bradley, Camp Director, and provide the following:
Student’s full name, grade, and age, parent’s name, email, and phone number.
The Red-Tailed Hawks FLY program is geared toward providing underrepresented groups the opportunity to learn about flight and aviation science. For 2018, the program is being run from July 14 through the 28th.
Applications for the program are due May 15th, and cadet selections will be made by June 1st. Early submission is highly encouraged.
Download the Red-Tailed Hawks FLY Cadet Application using the link below:
Everett Community College is offering free summer science classes for qualifying high school seniors through a NASA-funded grant program.
Students enrolled in this program receive:
• Full tuition, fees, and books
for summer quarter 2018
• Financial aid coaching
• Personalized advising
• Career exploration field trips
• 12-14 college credits for
• $5000/yr scholarships for
students with good grades
Applications for NESSP’s 2018 STEM educator summits are still open.
Our education summits will bring together formal and informal educators to discuss and be trained in engaging hands-on activities with a culturally relevant focus designed to motivate and enable middle and high school students to be more successful in science, technology engineering and math (STEM) topics.
Topics will also include connections to NASA missions and scientists.
Lodging and meals will be provided for participants at no cost. Travel assistance is also available. Preference will be given to educators who commit to facilitating a NESSP-funded summer camp in their community.
Come dance with us at the BPA Legacy Gala on Saturday, August 19th, 6-11 pm, at the Future of Flight Aviation Center, Paine Field (PAE).
For the first time, the National Meeting of Black Pilots of America is coming to Washington and we are celebrating this historic event with dining and dancing. See the flyer for details, and purchase your admission at www.bpapilots.org/chapter-events.
We have a reach legacy based in the love of aviation. Checkout this video about our matriarch:
At this Legacy Gala, we are going to honor our founder, Les Morris, who has the distinction of being the first black pilot hired by Eastern Airlines and created what is now the BPA Summer Flight Academy 46 years ago.
Purchase your admission online. You can also send a check/money order to:
Red-Tailed Hawks, PO Box 1403, Mukilteo, WA 98275
$50 dollars per person or $100 per couple.
Red-Tailed Hawks Flying Club
PO Box 1403
Mukilteo, WA 98275
Applications are now open for the Red-Tailed Hawk Day camp. The camp is free for students in 6th – 12th grade. Camp begins July 22nd and the application period closes June 17th. See the RTH Aviation Day Camp 2017 Flyer for contact info and application details.
Students ages 16-19, who would like to learn to fly, may do so by applying to the Red-Tailed Hawks FLY Club, part of the Black Pilots of America, Inc.. Applications are due no later than 22 May 2017 (This due date is updated from that listed on the Brochure and Application). Please see links for more details:
Dates: June 25-30, 2017 Cost: Free Grades: 6-8 (Fall 2017) Location: Montana State University, Bozeman
Learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
MSU Explore: Earth & Space Science Camp is a five-day summer camp to encourage Montana middle school students to learn more about science, technology, engineering and math. The camp inspires students to consider science-related careers, encourages them to pursue a college education, and also gives them a taste of college life.
How to Apply
In order to attend MSU Explore: Earth & Space Science Camp, a student must be entering grades 6-8 in the fall of 2017. The student needs to fill out an application and choose two (2) adults to fill out a recommendation form.
Applications will be available in Spring 2017.
For More Information
Please direct questions to Nicole Soll at email@example.com or 406-994-6633.
On October 21, the lot behind the Nespelem School will light up with a display of rocketry. “We can actually—safely with a lot of things going on—launch even some middle powered rockets, g-80 motors,” said Nespelem teacher Ralph Rise, speaking in Colville Business Council’s Education and Employment committee, yesterday.