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Transparent Spacer Pixle The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is a coalition of five Virginia colleges and universities, NASA, state educational agencies, Virginia's Center for Innovative Technology, and other institutions representing diverse aerospace education and research.

The VSGC acts as an umbrella organization, coordinating and developing aerospace-related and high technology educational and research efforts throughout the Commonwealth and connecting Virginia's effort to a national community of shared aerospace interests.

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Useful Science resources from NASA ESTEEM. Online educator professional development sessions covering Earth System Science topics from Earth Systems, Technology and Energy Education for MUREP-Minority University Research and Education Program(ESTEEM).

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VSGC Announces New Initiative for Virginia Community Colleges

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) has launched STEM Takes Flight at Virginia's Community Colleges, which provides a suite of programs for community college students pursuing STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) majors (exclusive of allied health and business) and faculty in STEM disciplines statewide. STEM Takes Flight opportunities include $5,000 mentored scholarships, NASA paid onsite research experiences, paid industry internships, new courses, and a NASA residential faculty professional development workshop. Funded through NASA, the $500,000 grant provides funding for a two-year award period, and seeks to foster enhanced community college retention in STEM academic tracks through graduation or transfer to a four-year institution.

VSGC launched the STEM Takes Flight initiative in partnership with the Virginia Community College System (VCCS), NASA Langley Research Center and NASA Wallops Flight Facility, and with the strong support of the Virginia Governor's office. The initiative directly embrace VCCS goals of increasing access to affordable education and training in preparation for workforce success and tripling the number of students graduating with associate degrees, transferring to a four-year institution and/or receiving a workforce credential.

For detailed program information and applications visit,

Community College Students and Faculty Complete Field Work at NASA Langley Research Center

Community College students and faculty recently completed field work at NASA Langley Research Center to perform a tree inventory and analysis as part of a geospatial technology project. The project provided valuable education experience and supported NASA's needs for capturing data. Nine students and three faculty members from Virginia Western Community College (VWCC), Thomas Nelson Community College (TNCC), and Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (DSLCC) participated in the field work. The service learning project is a component of a pilot distance learning geospatial information systems (GIS) course being offered by VWCC.

2014 Student Research Conference

The 2014 Student Research Conference at Hampton University had a total of 39 Graduate Research Fellows and 13 Undergraduate Research Scholars presenting the results of their research funded by the VSGC.

During the conference a luncheon was held to honor the 2013-14 VSGC Scholars and Fellows.



A three-day GEOTREK-12 workshop will be held on July 21-23, 2014. Participants will be introduced to commonly used GSTs: global positioning systems (GPS), remote sensing, and geographic information systems (GIS).

Approximately twenty seats are available for this workshop: 15 for high school teachers and five for administrators working in the TNCC service area. Teachers will receive a $250 stipend provided that all expectations within and outside of the workshop are met.

For more information, visit the GeoTREK12 website HERE.

Virginia Space Grant Consortium Receives 2014 Programs That Work Award from Virginia Mathematics & Science Coalition

The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) program, operated by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC), has received the prestigious 2014 Programs That Work Award from the Virginia Mathematics & Science Coalition (VMSC). The award recognizes exemplary mathematics, science, and integrated science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) programs for which there is evidence of a positive impact on student or teacher learning.

VASTS, a free program open to qualified high school juniors statewide, offers an exploration-themed, online course based on the exciting work of NASA. Students who perform well in the course are invited to one of three, one-week summer academies at NASA Langley Research Center where they work with science, technology and engineering mentors to design a human mission to Mars. Participants earn up to four college credits upon completion. Since inception in 2008, VASTS has educated 2460 students, who represent 100% of Virginia's legislative districts. The program is a partnership between VSGC and NASA Langley Research Centers with additional funding support from the Commonwealth of Virginia and industry.


Visit the VASTS website.

Integrative STEM Program (inSTEP)

Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is pleased to announce the upcoming 2014-2016 integrative STEM program (inSTEP) for future STEM teachers. This two-year program serves to increase preservice students' understanding of STEM and how to teach integrative STEM in the classroom. The inSTEP preservice teachers must have demonstrated interest in teaching in grades 4-8, as well as science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics. The program includes $5000 scholarship, FIRST Lego robotics training, conference travel and registration, travel support to two NASA Centers for innovative STEM training, and MORE!!!

Visit inSTEP to find out more information and apply.