November 15, 2018 | Lee Cannon

North Carolina Space Grant is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Team Experience Awards, which help undergraduate teams participate in competitions either sponsored or sanctioned by NASA or other STEM-related organizations.

Supported teams take on the challenge of competitions like the NASA Student Launch Initiative, NASA Swarmathon, NASA Human Robotics Competition, Shell Eco-Challenge, Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Competition and others. These opportunities help students develop the skills and knowledge base, as well as build strong teamwork capabilities, necessary to succeed in STEM careers in the future.

In the 2017-18 academic year, NC Space Grant supported the Durham Technical Community College robotics team as they took on the NASA Swarmathon competition, which challenges students to develop cooperative robotics with an end goal to advance technology for space exploration. The DTCC ProgrammaBulls carried off two first-place wins and a second-place win at the NASA Swarmathon competition at NASA Kennedy Space Center in April 2018.

Also in April 2018, the University of North Carolina Charlotte 49er High-Powered Rocketry Club conveyed NC Space Grant support into tremendous wins, earning two first-place prizes and four second-place prizes in the the annual Student Launch competition, hosted by NASA’s Marshall Space Flight Center.  

NC Space Grant is happy to welcome funding competition newcomer, Campbell University School of Engineering Team, which won support for their human-powered rover team set to compete in the NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama next April. We are also pleased to welcome back familiar faces and we look forward to another award-winning year. 

Congratulations to the 2018 winners:

Campbell University School of Engineering Team – NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge

East Carolina University Baja Team – Baja Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE) 

Lenoir-Rhyne University Rocketry Team – NASA Student Launch 

North Carolina State University (NC State) AIAA Team – American Institute for Aeronautics 2019 Design-Fly-Build Competition

NC State Aerial Robotics Club – Student Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS) Competition, hosted by Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI)

NC State Underwater Robotics Club – AUVSI and the U.S. Office of Naval Research RoboSub competition

Tacho Lycos – NC State High-Powered Rocketry Club  – NASA Student Launch 

University of North Carolina at Charlotte Robotics Club – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Region 3 SoutheastCon 2019 Hardware Competition

UNCC 49er High-Powered Rocketry Club – NASA Student Launch

UNCC 49er Miners – NASA Robotic Mining Competition

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