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Welcome to the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium's Website!

As one of 52 members of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, our mission is to expand opportunities for Pennsylvanians to learn about and participate in NASA’s aeronautics and space programs by supporting and enhancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, research, and outreach programs.

click here for more of Dr. Christopher House's welcome message.

Seed Grant Opportunity!

The Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium is currently accepting seed grant proposals for the 2016-2017 budget year. For more information on our seed grant program, and proposal guidelines, click HERE

Balloons Into Eclipse


Balloons Into Eclipse On August 21, 2017, the Montana Space Grant Consortium is hosting a program called “Balloons into Eclipse”. On this date, the continental U.S. will experience its first total eclipse since 1979. Teams of students will conduct high altitude balloon flights from 9-12 locations along the path of the total eclipse, from Oregon to South Carolina. These balloons will capture live video and images of the eclipse from near space, and send them to the NASA website. In addition to the primary camera, each team will fly a secondary payload of their choice.

Project milestones:

  • 2015: fundraise, organize, participant selection, develop common payload
  • December 2015: distribute common camera/tracking payload kits
  • Summer 2016: virtual workshops to test common payloads
  • 2015 – 2017: develop secondary payloads
  • June 2017: dry run with at least one flight per location

Currently this effort is focused on college teams associated with Space Grant consortia, but has the potential for expansion should support be available.

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CMU Students Create Inflatable Martian Greenhouse

Carnegie Mellon University has developed two new interdisciplinary courses to allow students the chance to design and build a prototype biome in which to grow plants for Mars. Check it out HERE!

Check out our Alumni Page!

Our Alumni Page contains profiles of students from various Universities in Pennsylvania who participated in one of many great programs through Pennsylvania/NASA Space Grant. The page can be found by visiting or by clicking the link found in the sidebar.

If you are a PA Space Grant alumni and would like to be added to this page, or if you would like to have your profile updated please contact us at

International Space Station Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments

NASA and Portland State University are seeking participants for the International Space Station Research Design Challenge: Capillary Effects on Liquids Exploratory Research Experiments, or CELERE. This design challenge enables students to participate in microgravity research on capillary action, similar to that conducted on the space station.

Teams or individuals create their own experiment using computer-aided design, or CAD, with a provided template. Short experiment proposals are submitted, and test cells are manufactured by Portland State University using the CAD drawings and a computer-controlled laser cutter. Each experiment is conducted in a drop tower. Video of the drop is provided for student analysis and reporting of results.

CELERE is open to individuals and teams in grades 8-12 Teams may include younger students as long as there is at least one team member in grades 8-12 to facilitate the participation of informal science clubs, Scouts, etc. Teams may be of any size and may include an entire class or science club. The program is limited to students from the United States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and all DODEA schools for the children of U.S. military personnel (i.e., schools of the U.S. Department of Defense Education Activity). Selection of at least one qualifying entry from each state and listed territory is guaranteed.

Design proposals are now being accepted. Deadlines for submissions are Feb. 1, March 1 and April 1, 2016.

For more information about this opportunity, visit

If you have questions about this opportunity, please email your inquiries to the CELERE team at

Announcement List about NASA internships for persons with disabilities

If you would like to subscribe to an announcement-only list about NASA internships for persons with disabilities, please send an E-mail to with 'subscribe' in the Subject field, OR by visiting the list page at



Five Pennsbury teachers participated in Science-based workshops at the NASTAR Center in July. Pictured are Eileen Koch, Alison Majikis, and Katie Duncan (second, third, and fourth from left); Robyn Rowlands (seventh from left); and Kristin Slota (third from right). NASTAR’s Greg Kennedy, a Pennsbury Partner, is on the far left

Pennsbury School District Newsletter


2015 Temple Summer Robotics Team

Led by Dr. John Helferty

Note from a happy parent: John Helferty is truly a blessing to the children of Philadelphia. This program is awesome!!! His personality and efforts to get youth involved in college and thinking about careers is amazing. This experience has been invaluable and will help our son as he begins to focus on his future college/ career.

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