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HOW DOES A TEAM GET STARTED?
  • Download the 2002 CHALLENGE Announcement and share it with classmates.
  • Check to make sure your institution and team members meet the basic criteria for participation.
  • Review the topics for any that sound interesting.
  • Pour over the guidelines to see if the team is up to the task.
  • Read about award amounts that accompany each level.
  • Start work on the team's design brief.


2002 TSGC Student Design CHALLENGE Announcement
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Criteria for Participation


CRITERIA FOR INSTITUTIONS
Sponsoring Student Design Teams
CRITERIA FOR TEAMS
and Participating Student Members
  • Texas Institution of Higher Learning
  • Current member, in good standing, of Texas Space Grant Consortium
  • Award credit to students for satisfactory completion.
  • A maximum of two teams per institution per year is eligible to participate.
  • Funds received from TSGC must be used in accordance with Use of Monetary Awards.
  • Teams may be formed out of an organized design course, or by way of independent study.
  • Participation must be "for credit."
  • There is no restriction on the number of members a team may have; however, all members of the primary team must be currently enrolled undergraduate students.
  • The undergraduate educational level [freshman, sophomore, junior, senior] of student design team members is not restricted.
  • Team members recruited for the purpose of collaboration may be any member of the community, any level of student from the same or another insitution, public school teacher, etc.
  • Funds received from TSGC must be used in accordance with Use of Monetary Awards.


2002 CHALLENGE Topics


A CHALLENGE topic may be undertaken in two ways:
  • Select a topic from the chart below, or
  • Develop your own topic. [Team developed topics must meet the approval of TSGC; however, TSGC will not assign a mentor for a team-developed topic. The team assumes all responsibility for finding the required mentor.]
Read through the topics listed below to find a design area of interest to your team. Specifications for each is available in pdf format.

TOPIC # TITLE RESEARCH AREA OFFERED BY
1 Space Tug A Exploration Office NASA Johnson Space Center
2 Space Tug B Exploration Office NASA Johnson Space Center
3 Space Tug C Exploration Office NASA Johnson Space Center
4 Space Tug D Exploration Office NASA Johnson Space Center
5 Space Tug E Exploration Office NASA Johnson Space Center
6 Space Tug F Exploration Office NASA Johnson Space Center
7 Mother Ship / Space Shuttle with Papoose Pack Exploration Office NASA Johnson Space Center
8 Little Mother Ship Exploration Office NASA Johnson Space Center
9 Big Mother Ship Exploration Office NASA Johnson Space Center
10 Unpressurized Mars Rover Exploration Office NASA Johnson Space Center
11 Unpressurized Lunar Rover Exploration Office NASA Johnson Space Center



Level and Option Area Guidelines


The tables below provide teams with some detail of the expectations for each of the five Levels and Option Areas. Note that BASE Level is the only required level as it serves as the springboard to all other participation. Levels I, II, and III allow teams to set individual goals and move forward at an incremental pace in keeping with ability of the team, and within the time constraints of the insitution. Flexibility within each Level allows teams to pursue an aspect of design that best fits the team's area of interest.

LEVEL   TEAM RESPONSIBILITIES TSGC PROVIDES ADDITIONAL INFO

BASE


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All teams must meet eligibility requirements as stated in Criteria for Participation.
  • establish a team
  • obtain faculty advisor committment
  • determine who the student team leader will be
  • review CHALLENGE topics
  • brainstorm ideas
  • describe the project in the Design Brief
  • submit Brief to TSGC

TSGC will provide:
  • feedback to team within one week of receiving the Brief
  • approval of the Design Brief submission
  • additional information to help guide the team through the CHALLENGE

At the BASE Level, the team will settle on a topic of interest, narrow the field of ideas, and submit a brief design solution.
  • The design brief consists of four pages: title page, project description, proposed budget, and project timeline. Instructions and forms for each are available in the Design Team Notebook.
  • Satisfactory completion of BASE Level is required of any team expecting to continue onto other Levels in the CHALLENGE.
  • All BASE requirements must be completed to the satisfaction of TSGC. Feedback will be provided.
  • The Brief must be submitted within two weeks after start of classes [institutions will vary].
  • Award: There are no funds available to teams participating at this level.
  • Resources to help the team meet BASE LEVEL requirements can be found in the Design Team Notebook.

 

LEVEL I


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All teams working in Level I must have completed BASE Level requirements to the satisfaction of TSGC. Eligible teams must complete the following Level I components within four weeks of completing BASE Level.
  • expand upon the design idea presented in the Brief
  • collaborate with someone outside the immediate team
  • submit a weekly status report [Tuesday Tag-Up]
  • incorporate feedback into the formal proposal
  • design a CHALLENGE program patch
  • submit a formal design proposal to TSGC

TSGC will provide:
  • feedback within one week of receiving the proposal
  • assignment of a mentor within the research community
  • CHALLENGE shirt, certificate and $250.00 upon satisfactory completion of Level I requirements

Level I marks that place in the design process where the design solution presented in the Brief takes shape and is presented as a formal proposal.
  • Collaborating with others outside the primary team is an important aspect of this stage.
  • All teams must submit a program patch design.
  • The required weekly status report [Tuesday Tag-Up] will be submitted to TSGC via email.
  • The design proposal will be submitted in a standard format. Proposal guidelines are available in the Design Team Notebook.
  • All LEVEL I requirements must be completed to the satisfaction of TSGC within four weeks of completing BASE Level to qualify for an award/reimbursement, and before proceeding with Level II.
  • Award: Certificate and $250 upon satisfactory completion.
  • Additional resources to help the team meet Level I requirements can be found in the Design Team Notebook.

 

LEVEL II


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Teams working in Level II must have completed Level I requirements to the satisfaction of TSGC. Eligible teams must complete the following Level II components within four weeks of completing Level I.
  • develop a visual component to the design
  • submit a weekly status report [Tuesday Tag-Up]
  • take a field trip to advance learning
  • deliver mid-term report via teleconference

TSGC will provide:
  • feedback within one week of the mid-term report presentation
  • details regarding arrangements for the mid-term tele-conference
  • certificate and $250 upon satisfactory completion of Level II requirements

During Level II, the team will incorporate a visual component to better communicate the design idea.
  • The visual component may be a more detailed design drawing, a scale model, a computer aided design, etc.
  • Teams should embark upon an off-campus field trip to advance learning in any aspect that correlates to their design experience. Field trips are travel grant eligible.
  • The required weekly status report [Tuesday Tag-Up] will be submitted to TSGC via email.
  • A copy of the mid-term report and visual component must be provided to TSGC via email.
  • All LEVEL II requirements must be completed to the satisfaction of TSGC within four weeks of completing Level I to qualify for an award/reimbursement, and before proceeding with Level III.
  • Award: Certificate and $250 upon satisfactory completion.
  • Additional resources to help the team meet Level II requirements can be found in the Design Team Notebook.

 

LEVEL III


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Teams working in Level III must have completed Level II requirements to the satisfaction of TSGC. Eligible teams must complete the following Level III components within four weeks of completing Level II.
  • finalize all design-related activity
  • design twelve K-12 challenge activities
  • submit a weekly status report [Tuesday Tag-Up]
  • submit a final written report and program evaluation
  • participate in TSGC Student Design CHALLENGE Showcase

TSGC will provide:
  • a mechanism for getting K-12 curricula designs circulated to Texas teachers
  • publication of all submitted resumes in Resume Book
  • opportunity to present design at the TSGC CHALLENGE Showcase
  • certificate, $250, and a commemorative plaque suitable fordisplay in the team's department upon satisfactory completion ofLevel III requirements

During Level III, teams will complete all design-related activities and submit a final report.
  • K-12 Challenge Activities should be age-appropriate, and seek to teach a science or math-related concept.
  • Resumes are solicited from all active team members for inclusion in a Resume Book which will be circulated to NASA and its contractor community.
  • The required weekly progress report [Tuesday Tag-Up] will be submitted to TSGC via email.
  • The final report will be prepared in a specified format, and submitted to TSGC via email along with a program evaluation. Final Report guidelines are available in the Design Team Notebook.
  • Teams will make design presentations at the TSGC Student Design CHALLENGE Showcase. Teams are eligible to receive travel grant funds to help with the cost of transporation, accommodations and meals.
  • All LEVEL III requirements must be completed to the satisfaction of TSGC within four weeks of completing Level II to qualify for an award/reimbursement, and before making the team presentation at the TSGC Student Design CHALLENGE Showcase.
  • Award: Certificate, $250 and a commemorative plaque suitable for display in the team's department upon satisfactory completion.
  • Additional resources to help the team meet Level III requirements can be found in the Design Team Notebook.

 

OPTION AREA I:
OUTREACH


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Option Area I allows teams to incorporate educational outreach into the design experience. Working within a particular community, teams will:
  • conduct a presentation, demo or display that teaches any scientific topic to an audience; or
  • implement K-12 design activities created in Level III; or
  • adopt a classroom
  • provide documentation of outreach activities conducted in an outreach report to be submitted to TSGC

TSGC will provide:
  • feedback within one week of receiving a report documenting the team's outreach activities
  • links and sources for outreach activities
  • certificate and $250 upon satisfactory completion

The Outreach Option gives teams an opportunity to take their scientific knowledge into the community group of their choice.
  • Outreach activities must be directed toward a particular audience.
  • Activities should address an area of science [physics, space-science, engineering, math].
  • Outreach must be documented and samples included in the outreach report.
  • All outreach activities must be concluded by the time the final report is submitted.
  • Option Areas may be used only in conjunction with Level I, II, or III. Option Areas may NOT be used in connjunction with BASE Level participation.
  • All Option Area I requirements must be completed to the satisfaction of TSGC. Outreach activities must be documented and samples included in an outreach report in order to qualify for monetary award.
  • Additional resources to help the team meet Option Area I requirements can be found in the Design Team Notebook.
  • Award: Certificate and $250 upon satisfactory completion of Option Area I requirements

 

OPTION AREA II:
MEETING PRESENTATION


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Option Area II allows teams to expand upon the overall design experience through participation in a professional-level meeting. Teams involved in Option Area II activities will gain meeting presentation experience via one of the following:
  • presentation of a paper, or
  • participation in a poster session

TSGC will provide:
  • feedback within one week of receiving meeting presentation report
  • links and sources to help with meeting presentation
  • certificate and $250 upon satisfactory completion

Option Area II provides teams with a resource for gaining valuable meeting presentation experience, and affords the team with an additional showcase for its design efforts.
  • Meeting participation may be done in cooperation with any professional-level meetings, including those organized for the purpose of student presentation.
  • Teams must provide proof of participation in a meeting presentation report which contains: copy of registration, photographs, certificate, copy of proceedings, agenda, etc.
  • All Option Area II requirements must be completed to the satisfaction of TSGC. Meeting presentation activities must be documented in a meeting presentation report in order to qualify for monetary award.
  • Additional resources to help the team meet Option Area II requirements can be found in the Design Team Notebook.
  • Award: Certificate and $250 upon satisfactory completion of Option Area II requirements.



Awards, Recognitions and Benefits


INDIVIDUAL
TEAM MEMBERS
FACULTY ADVISORS & TEAM MENTORS DESIGN TEAM DEPARTMENT
All Design Team members will receive:
  • real-world design experience
  • certificate of participation
  • CHALLENGE program shirt
  • commemorative patch
  • information regarding internship, coop and job opportunities within NASA
  • publication in Resume Book to be circulated to NASA contractor community
Faculty Advisors and Mentors to Design Teams receive:
  • an opportunity to lead a team of students through a real-world design experience
  • a certificate of participation
  • CHALLENGE program shirt
  • commemorative patch
  • ltr of appreciation to dept Chair
  • opportunities for higher level teaming between faculty and mentors
Each team as a whole, is eligible to receive
  • up to $250 for satisfactory completion of any Level or Option
  • a maximum of $1,250 for satisfactory completion of all Levels and Options.
  • a Travel Grant for up to $500 to defray team-related field trips, outreach excursions, or meeting-related travel.

See Use of Monetary Awards for complete information on authorized use of funds received from TSGC.

Departments sponsoring Design Teams will receive
  • display materials which commemorate and recognize both the team and the department's support of the design experience

  • a subscription to an aerospace careers-related magazine
See Use of Monetary Awards for complete information on authorized use of funds received from TSGC.


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