NASA and the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium are pleased to announce the 7th Annual First Nations Launch National Rocket Competition. The spring 2016 competition, tentatively scheduled for April 23, hosts two challenges: Tribal and American Indian Science and Engineering Society, or AISES, high-powered rocket launches. The best performing team* in each category will receive an invitation for a specially arranged tour of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Eighteen teams can participate in the First Nations Launch competition.
For a team to apply to the First Nations Launch program, a faculty advisor must complete the following steps:
-- Register as faculty on the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium website (https://spacegrant.carthage.edu/about/login/).
-- Submit the “Create Rocket Launch Team (NOI)” Grant Application Form (https://spacegrant.carthage.edu/forms/account/login/?next=/forms/application/first-nations-rocket-competition/).
Once the faculty advisor completes the Notice of Intent, identifies the team name, lists the student participants, and chooses which competition the team will compete in, each student must do the following:
-- Register as an undergraduate student on the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium website (https://spacegrant.carthage.edu/about/login/).
-- Complete the First Nations Launch National Rocket Competition application (https://spacegrant.carthage.edu/forms/account/login/?next=/forms/application/first-nations-rocket-competition/).
The Notice of Intent and student applications must be submitted by Jan. 18, 2016, to compete in the competition. Teams that need assistance securing a faculty advisor should contact the Wisconsin Space Grant Consortium. Teams are encouraged to seek advice from industry, Tripoli**, the National Association of Rocketry, and their state’s local Space Grant Consortium.
Each team will be provided a low-powered model rocket for flight demonstration, two reloadable rocket motors, and the motor casing per competition flight parameters. In addition, teams will be awarded up to $5,000 for travel and project expenses. The team advisor/mentor will receive a $1,000 stipend. First Nations Launch is a program funded by NASA’s Kennedy Space Center. NASA is committed to promoting science, technology, engineering and mathematics opportunities. Interested teams do not need prior experience to participate in this program.
Those seeking help in getting started are highly encouraged to contact First Nations Launch technical advisor Frank Nobile (Maxq3@aol.com), Tripoli Rocket Association member Bob Justus (email@example.com), or First Nations Launch liaison Dan Hawk (firstname.lastname@example.org). Teams will be selected Jan. 22, 2016.
*All deadlines must be met to be eligible. See Calendar at spacegrant.carthage.edu/first-nations-launch/calendar.
** U.S.A. Tripoli Prefecture -- http://www.tripoli.org/Prefectures/mapID/5
To learn more about this exciting NASA opportunity, please visit spacegrant.carthage.edu/first-nations-launch.