NEBRASKA ACADEMY OF SCIENCES (NAS)
The Aeronautics and Space Science Section of the Nebraska Academy of Sciences is also the annual conference of the NASA Nebraska Space Grant & EPSCoR Programs. It is held on the Nebraska Wesleyan Campus, Olin Hall, each April.
The NAS is going green this year! The Proceedings book will be given to student presenter registrants and session chairs; otherwise it will be available in PDF form online. If you would like to order a hard copy for $5, you may do so by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 402-472-2644 to place your order. Books will not be available for purchase on site unless it was pre-ordered. Orders placed on site will be mailed to you after the event.
NEBRASKA HIGH ALTITUDE BALLOONING (HAB)
The NASA Nebraska Space Grant offers students and faculty of Space Grant affiliates the chance to fly scientific payloads up to 100,000 ft (19 miles) above the Earth’s surface. Our specialized equipment, developed by StratoStar Systems, allows for live data feeds from over 100 simultaneous analog and digital sensor inputs during the balloon’s flight. Altitude and GPS coordinates are relayed live via a triple redundancy tracking system. Students, family, and friends can track the balloon’s progress live over the Internet. Each launch includes on-board high-resolution photographic and HD video cameras, with all their footage shared among the HAB participants.
NEBRASKA SPACE AMBASSADORS (NSA)
The NASA Nebraska Space Grant Consortium is dedicated to inspiring students and teachers in the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Nebraska Space Ambassadors attend special NASA-related workshops in the summer and deliver the content at workshops, to other educators in their school, to after school time providers, and in other informal education settings.
The NSA program seeks to train Nebraska teachers to serve as Space Ambassadors for the NASA Nebraska Space Grant. NSA members are expected to train other in-service / pre-service teachers in Nebraska using dedicated funding and stipends from Space Grant to increase the skills of STEM educators within the state.
NASA Nebraska Space Grant’s telescope Check-Out Program offers easy-to-use, high quality, optical instruments for educational use. The lending program is free of charge to instructors of Nebraska-based K-12 schools, colleges and universities, youth organizations, and amateur astronomy groups.
Check-out periods range from 1 to 7 days on a first-come-first-serve basis. Prior to check-out, the "lendee" will be given a 30-minute lesson on using the equipment and be provided "quick start" cards to use in the field. If the instructor wishes further assistance, a Space Grant staff member may be able to provide on-site group instruction at no charge (schedule permitting).
August 21, 2017 will be the day in which a total solar eclipse transits the state of Nebraska from the Panhandle to the Missouri River. NASA Nebraska Space Grant will be hosting activities and launching high altitude balloons from Grand Island, NE along the center of the eclipse path.