PARTNERS Space Grant Success Stories

Eclipse Ballooning Team

Eclipse Ballooning

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

A day to remember for a lifetime! Sharing the total solar eclipse in the path of totality with awesome AZSGC students, colleagues, and friends was the most wonderful experience. Thank you all for your part in making an unforgettable great memory and a significant and productive day of learning, technology utilization and science! Yay team AZ!!!!! You are the BEST!!!!

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Roslyn Norman, Pima Community College RockOn Participant Featured in Wonder, Girl!

Roslyn Norman, Pima Community College RockOn Participant Featured in Wonder, Girl!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

As part of Arizona Space Grant's RockOn program, Roslyn Norman participated through Pima Community College's Engineering Club and was featured in The Wonder Girl Project!

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Diné College ASCEND Team Hosts Poster Session with Data Results

Diné College ASCEND Team Hosts Poster Session with Data Results

Friday, February 24, 2017

Diné Instructor/Mentor Francis Burns shipped his students’ 2016 ASCEND radiation and GPS data to Marsha Bitsui at NAU. Marsha collaborates with Jani Ingram studying uranium content in reservation sheep tissue.

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RockOn Workshop at NASA Wallops

RockOn Workshop at NASA Wallops

Monday, June 20, 2016

Arizona Space Grant Consortium is the proud sponsor of a balloon sat faculty mentor and team leaders from 7 community colleges to the 2016 RockOn Workshop at NASA Wallops! Pictured are William Stein (GCC), Bianca Pina (GCC), Roslyn Norman (PCC W) and William Carroll (PCC NW).

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NASA Selects Arizona Proposal “ASCENDing Further:  Engaging More Students from Community Colleges in STEM Activities through Expansion of the Arizona Space Grant Consortium ASCEND Program” to Increase STEM Education at Community and Technical Colleges

NASA Selects Arizona Proposal “ASCENDing Further” to Increase STEM Education at Community and Technical Colleges

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

One of the most effective vehicles for engagement of community college students in STEM activities in Arizona has been AZSGC’s ASCEND (Aerospace STEM Challenges to Educate New Discoverers) statewide workforce development program, in which teams of students from affiliate schools, including community colleges, design, build, fly, operate, and analyze payloads launched on high altitude weather balloons. We propose to expand ASCEND in four ways.

First, by increasing the number of balloon launches, we will be able to increase the number of community colleges participating. At the identified community colleges, we will build engineering or science courses around the ASCEND program,...

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PCC NW Team Brings Innovative and Dynamic Payloads to AZSGC ASCEND! Program

PCC NW Team Brings Innovative and Dynamic Payloads to AZSGC ASCEND! Program

Monday, August 11, 2014

PCC was one of the first two community colleges in Arizona to join the ASCEND! program in 2008.  Most of our students are volunteers, and balance the demands of academics, work and family, to participate in this project.  They have created innovative and dynamic payloads, including a clear, self-stabilizing cylinder and a winged torpedo, and have obtained fantastic images and video of near space.  Student project design, testing, and implementation are mentored by Professor Mike Sampogna and analysis by Dr. Denise Meeks, who also maintains the PCC flight history website.

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Tim Frank’s leadership of SMCC ASCEND! Team Benefits Engineering Program and Students

Tim Frank’s leadership of SMCC ASCEND! Team Benefits College's Engineering Program and Students

Monday, August 4, 2014

Since joining AZSGC in 2008, SMCC has been phenomenally successful at using their involvement in the AZSGC ASCEND! (balloon sat) program to engage students, and ultimately reshape the college’s engineering program. ASCEND! began at SMCC as an extracurricular project for engineering students, and became a class in 2009. Ultimately, the popularity and effectiveness of the class led to a redesign of the engineering curriculum to emphasize on hands-on activities--in keeping with current educational theories--and student enrollment grew markedly.

As a result, beginning in 2010, Frank won the first of two Goodrich Foundation grants that facilitated upgrading the SMCC laboratory facilities...

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Glendale CC's Arizona Space Grant ASCEND!

Glendale CC's Arizona Space Grant ASCEND! Team

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Glendale Community College students in Space Grant mentor John Schneeg's special-projects engineering class successfully built and launched a satellite prototype on a weather balloon through the Arizona Space Grant Consortium's ASCEND! program.

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