Montana — July 19 & 20 (Helena, MT)

Dates and location

  • July 19, 2019 — High school teams
  • July 20, 2019 — Middle School teams

Montana Learning Center
Canyon Ferry Lake
Helena, Montana

Prizes

Host

Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake

The Montana Learning Center at Canyon Ferry Lake provides and promotes quality immersion experiences for all in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) in a unique lakeside environment.

Contact

Ryan Hannahoe
MontanaLearningCenter@gmail.com
406-475-3638

Supplemental manual

All hubs follow two sets of guidelines:

  1. The official ANGLeS Challenge manual (available on the Resources page).
  2. Their own supplemental manual, which contains information and rules specific to their event. Read your hub’s supplemental manual to understand the full guidelines for your regional event.

Download the Montana supplemental manual as a .PDF
Version 1.1 — Updated May 3, 2019

Minnesota — July 18 (Minneapolis, MN)

Date and location

July 18, 2019

Olson Middle School Gym
1607 51st Ave N
Minneapolis, Minnesota

Prizes

Top team — Trip to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Hosts

Minneapolis Public Schools

We serve students and families throughout Minneapolis, the largest city in Minnesota.

Social links

Contact

Kaye Smith
smit0249@gmail.com
952-818-0027

STEM: GEMS / Little GEMS | GISE / Jr. Gise

Girls in Engineering, Mathematics, and Science (GEMS / Little GEMS) and Guys in Science and Engineering (GISE / Jr. GISE) are after-school and summer programs designed specifically for K-8th grade girls and boys (respectively) in the Minneapolis Public School District. The goal of these programs is for students to have measurable and significant gains in mathematics and science. Inaugurated in 1997, the success of GEMS prompted the development of GISE in 2006. The GEMS and Jr. GISE programs started in the fall of 2010.

Social links

Minnesota Space Grant Consortium

The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium (MnSGC) is part of the NASA-funded National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program (usually just called Space Grant) established by Congress in 1988. The mission of the MnSGC is to provide a driving force for aerospace education in Minnesota.

Social links

Supplemental manual

All hubs follow two sets of guidelines:

  1. The official ANGLeS Challenge manual (available on the Resources page).
  2. Their own supplemental manual, which contains information and rules specific to their event. Read your hub’s supplemental manual to understand the full guidelines for your regional event.

Download the Minnesota supplemental manual as a .PDF

Idaho — July 16 (Moscow, ID)

Date and location

July 16, 2019

University of Idaho
Moscow, Idaho

Prizes

Top team — Trip to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Host

UI STEM Access

We support high school students on their paths to post-secondary education and STEM careers. We offer FREE field trips, college tours, summer camps, and in-school support in the Lewis-Clark Valley. Students meet STEM professionals from the area and experience what science, technology, engineering, and math looks like in real-world applications.

Social links

Contact

John Ariola
jariola@uidaho.edu
208-885-5819

Supplemental manual

All hubs follow two sets of guidelines:

  1. The official ANGLeS Challenge manual (available on the Resources page).
  2. Their own supplemental manual, which contains information and rules specific to their event. Read your hub’s supplemental manual to understand the full guidelines for your regional event.

Download the Idaho supplemental manual as a .PDF

Arizona — July 19 & 20 (Flagstaff, AZ)

Date and location

July 19 & 20, 2019

Northern Arizona University
Flagstaff, Arizona

Prizes

Top team — Trip to Johnson Space Center in Houston, Texas.

Host

Contact

Sean Ryan
Sean.ryan@nau.edu

Supplemental manual

All hubs follow two sets of guidelines:

  1. The official ANGLeS Challenge manual (available on the Resources page).
  2. Their own supplemental manual, which contains information and rules specific to their event. Read your hub’s supplemental manual to understand the full guidelines for your regional event.

Download the Arizona supplemental manual as a .PDF

Educator resources

Arizona is happy to provide resources for educators (in addition to those available on the ANGLeS Challenge website). View Arizona’s resources at the Google Drive linked below:

Arizona regional challenge hub ANGLeS Challenge resources for educators

Regional challenge hubs

A total of 15 hubs create a network of regional challenges across the continental United States. Each Regional Challenge Hub will hold its final event July 15–20, 2019 — the 50th anniversary week of the Apollo 11 mission.

Where are the regional challenge hubs?

Details on each regional challenge — dates, location, contact information — are on the hub’s page.

Washington stateRegional challenge hub; lead institution for nationwide challenge.

Registration

Process for registering a team

The ANGLeS Challenge has a multi-step registration process. If you have questions after reviewing the steps below, please contact us.

The registration deadline for organizations has been extended to April 15, 2019!

First — Organizations must register

Teams are required to be affiliated with an organization such as a school, library, museum, after school program, or club. An organization may have many teams interested in the Challenge — or an organization may have just one team! Either is a fine approach to the ANGLeS Challenge. But no matter how many teams an organization may have, register the organization first.

If an organization’s team(s) intend to proceed to a Regional Challenge Hub event in July, organizations must select a hub with which to register during the registration process. Regional Challenge Hubs will hold the Regional Challenge Events and will be the main point of contact for teams.

If an organization’s team(s) do not intend to proceed to a Regional Challenge Hub event in July, we still encourage you to register — all registered teams who complete the Challenge will receive a NASA certificate of participation. All registered teams who complete the Challenge and who are in a U.S. state or territory which does not have a Regional Challenge Hub are still eligible for prizes! International teams are invited to register and participate in their countries and will be eligible to receive NASA certificates, but we are not able to award prizes to international teams.

Second — Organizations must register their teams

Once an organization has registered, the next step is to register each of their teams — use the same Google Form for team registration as you did for organization registration (see the “Register Now!” button below.) Organizations may register as many teams as they wish.

Third — Organizations nominate teams for Regional Challenge Hub events

For a team to participate in a Regional Challenge Hub event in July — and to be eligible for one of the grand prize NASA center trips! — a team must be nominated to the event by their organization. Organizations may, but are not required to, hold a local challenge to determine which team(s) to nominate.

Nominations are due to the Regional Challenge Hub (selected when the organization registered) by May 31, 2019. Organizations should nominate teams in order of preference.

Nomination does not guarantee invitation from the Regional Challenge Hub. Hubs will evaluate all nominations and invite as many teams as possible to their event. Hubs will invite from as many organizations as possible and from as many regions as possible from around the state. If more teams are nominated than a hub can host, some teams will not be invited to the hub. Multiple teams from each organization may be invited if space allows at the Regional Challenge Hub. Invitations to hub events will be sent June 17, 2019.

Deadlines

Organization registration deadline

All organizations must register by April 15, 2019, to participate in ANGLeS, regardless of whether they intend to participate in a Regional Challenge Hub event.

Team registration deadline

Organizations may continue to register teams until nominations are due on May 31, 2019.

Registration is managed with a Google Form (although no Google account is required). Clicking the “Register now!” button will open the registration form in a new tab. If the button does not open the registration form, copy and paste this URL into your browser:
https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdmO7PDGMjgehl8wMVJAwg0S7vmBzIyI0ncJT3FlaAg7xTdnA/viewform

About the ANGLeS Challenge

The Apollo Next Giant Leap Student (ANGLeS) Challenge is a national challenge celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission by giving students the chance to recreate the landing using drones and robots, focusing on making it accessible for underrepresented and underserved communities.

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 a NASA center in August 2019. Check the hubs page to see which center the top team will be visiting!

The top team from each state and territory 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 EV3robot 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.

Where are the regional challenge hubs?

Washington stateRegional challenge hub; lead institution for nationwide challenge.

What’s the timeline?

February 1 — Registration opens! Register your team and start getting ready for the challenge.

April, May, & June — Practice your drone and robotics skills.

July 15–20 — Regional hubs will hold their final challenges.

#ApolloNextGiantLeap

Black and white image showing 5 pairs of feet standing on a map of the lunar surface.

Picture yourself on the moon, taking that “one small step” onto the surface.

A side image showing Bobak "Mohawk guy" Ferdowsi's hair during the Mars Curiosity landing.

Or picture yourself in the control room as the next rover is setting down on Mars.

Back in the 1960s, NASA’s Apollo program landed the first humans on the moon.  In the 1970s, NASA sent the Viking probes to Mars. In the 1980s, the Space Shuttle program took astronauts into space on a regular basis and for longer and longer missions.

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.

These University of Washington students demonstrate the challenge involving a lunar lander (left, orange) a Lego Mindstorms robot (center) and rock samples (right).

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.

Where are the regional challenge hubs?

Washington state

What’s the timeline?

February 1 — Registration opens! Register your team and start getting ready for the challenge.

April, May, & June — Practice your drone and robotics skills.

July 15–20 — Regional hubs will hold their final challenges.


UW-based group launches national challenge to recreate first moon landing — with drones and Lego robots

A Lego Mindstorms robot, with a plastic astronaut strapped to the front, approaches the lunar lander. Student teams will program the robot to explore the moon's surface.

A Lego Mindstorms robot, with a plastic astronaut strapped to the front, approaches the lunar lander. Student teams will program the robot to explore the moon’s surface. Dennis Wise/University of Washington

By Hannah Hickey
UW News

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.

A flying drone carries a lunar lander above a map of the moon's surface. The landing spot is the actual site of the Apollo 11 landing. Other craters that teams will explore are circled in red.

A flying drone carries a lunar lander above a map of the moon’s surface. The landing spot is the actual site of the Apollo 11 landing. Other craters that teams will explore are circled in red. Dennis Wise/University of Washington

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.

These University of Washington students demonstrate the challenge involving a lunar lander (left, orange) a Lego Mindstorms robot (center) and rock samples (right).

These University of Washington students demonstrate the challenge involving a lunar lander (left, orange) a Lego Mindstorms robot (center) and rock samples (right). Dennis Wise/University of Washington

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.”

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More information is at https://nwessp.org/apollo50/. The challenge email is apollo50@uw.edu

Members of the media can contact communications officer Chris Wallish at 206-221-7743 or cwallish@uw.edu.


Originally posted at UW News.

Native American youth launch high-altitude balloons for unique perspective on solar eclipse

By Michelle Ma
UW News

Video by Mary Marshall

While many people across the country donned viewing glasses and prepared to watch Monday’s solar eclipse, a group of 100 teenagers from tribes across the Pacific Northwest launched balloons thousands of feet into the air, gaining a novel perspective of the eclipse — and the chance to send meaningful artifacts to the edge of space during a memorable moment in history.

The high school students released their balloons from Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs land in north central Oregon, directly in the path of totality that allows viewers to see the moon completely cover the sun. Close to 400 people, mainly tribal members and students, gathered to watch. The event, organized by University of Washington-based Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium and the Northwest Earth and Space Sciences Pipeline, was the largest effort involving Native American tribes during the eclipse.

Students prepare to launch the balloons. (Mark Stone/University of Washington)

In addition to launching the giant weather balloons, students from each school attached culturally significant items, called payloads, to the balloons and sent them high into the sky. Their artifacts nearly reached space before returning to the ground.

“This is the first time many of the students get to participate in a cutting-edge experiment of this type,” said the consortium’s director, Robert Winglee, a UW professor of Earth and space sciences. “Seeing their own payloads at the rim of space is quite exciting. This different perspective will hopefully awaken other ideas for gaining different perspectives on their own lives and their own career paths.”

The total eclipse, as seen from Warm Springs, OR. (Dennis Wise/University of Washington)

Over the past couple of years, consortium staff visited many of the schools participating in the eclipse balloon launch, introducing students to space research and various NASA projects. The goal is to bring STEM-related topics to the students in culturally relevant ways, said outreach specialist Isabel Carrera Zamanillo.

The eclipse project is a tangible way to further involve these students.

“Participation in this eclipse is just a next step for students,” said Carrera Zamanillo, who is also a graduate fellow with the UW’s Center for Environmental Politics. “This is a continuing effort from two years of visiting tribes, and it is a nice event where we can congregate together.”

Each of the 12 student teams created a small payload to attach to the high-altitude balloons. These items are important artifacts to students and included carved wooden instruments, feathers, whistles and a small paddle. Some students also designed electronic sensors that were placed in the balloons and delivered data on temperature, altitude and distance traveled as they soared high into the sky.

The balloons can reach altitudes of 110,000 feet and were fitted with cameras and GPS trackers. The four balloons were released in pairs before the start of the total eclipse, with the hope that the cameras would capture a unique perspective.

Students created payloads, or significant artifacts, to travel up with the balloons. (Mark Stone/University of Washington)

As expected, the balloons popped after two and a half hours of flight, and parachutes helped the artifacts and electronic equipment fall safely to the ground. The items landed about 20 miles from the launch site and teams planned to recover them with the help of GPS. About 35 UW-affiliated volunteers, including undergraduate students, graduate students and faculty, joined consortium staff in Oregon to help with the event.

NASA released several similar weather balloons in conjunction with the solar eclipse — including a launch off the Oregon coast — that intended to provide different views along the path of the eclipse.

The consortium’s leaders hope this experience will encourage students to build payloads that could hitch a ride on current space-flight missions. Blue Origin, for example, has carrying capacity for such artifacts, Winglee said.

“We can encourage the students and say, ‘Look, you’ve done high-altitude balloons, why don’t you go all the way?’ I think this is a steppingstone for students,” he said.


Originally posted at UW News.