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The Virginia Space Grant Consortium’s GeoTEd-UAS program teamed up with the Virginia Peninsula Community College (VPCC [formerly Thomas Nelson CC]) in partnership with Virginia’s Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services (DARS) to conduct two drone camps focused on special needs students from area high schools in Hampton, Newport News, Poquoson, and Williamsburg/James City County. The camps explored career preparation and...

Six community college students and three community college faculty recently completed an intensive internship program conducting UAS research and flight testing. Led by VSGC and funded by the NSF, the GeoTEd-UAS Internship program was in partnership with Virginia Tech's site in the Center for Unmanned Aircraft Systems (C-UAS), a multi-university NSF Industry/University Cooperative Research Center. In addition to tuition support...

On June 24, 2022 the VSGC completed week 1 of the Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) Summer Academy. 63 students from high schools all over Virginia participated. Students had the opportunity to work at NASA Langley Research Center including tours of the Landing and Impact Research Facility “Gantry”, the Fabrication Lab, and model shop and even saw...

Students from Laurel Ridge Community College were sponsored by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) are attending a NASA/West Virginia Space Grant Hack Week Program this week at West Virginia University. The students and their faculty advisor, Melissa Stange worked on Fault Diagnosis for Safety-Critical Autonomous Systems. The educational and training activities introduced the participants to the critical problem-space...

Student interns learned the intricacies of flying UAVs(Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) as part of Thomas Nelson Community College's Drone Program. The course, UMS 111 - Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS), is a custom course to prepare the students and faculty for a four-week internship in partnership with Virginia Tech. The co-leads on the hands-on training sessions are: Cherie Aukland (...

VSGC recently held the Student Research Conference in Hampton, Virginia. Students from colleges all over Virginia gathered to share and learn. A total of 33 Graduate Research Fellows and 13 Undergraduate Research Scholars presented the results of their research funded by the Virginia Space Grant Consortium. The colleges represented included Hampton University, Old Dominion University, William & Mary, Virginia Tech, and...

Virginia Space Grant Consortium's (VSGC) Commonwealth STEM Industry Internship Program (CSIIP) team met with Old Dominion University students during a job fair event at Chartway Arena on October 19, 2021. CSIIP links companies and students in STEM majors, including but not limited to high-need areas such as Computer Science, Cybersecurity, Data Science (Data Analytics, Data Visualization, etc.), Information Technology, Engineering, Physical...

The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) is excited to announce the first video in our new “Next Steps in STEM” video series. This series will highlight participants of VSGC programs who have taken their next steps in #STEM. They are the next generation of the STEM workforce and Virginia’s best and brightest. This video features Jackson Bloomer, a drone pilot for...