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Jul 18, 2023

NASA and Industry Interns Soar in Summer Internships

Summer interns advance on their summer-long research projects with real-world applications and implications at NASA centers and aerospace companies. 

Jun 15, 2023

Catalyst Makes STEM Accessible in NC 

Catalyst, a national award winning program of The Science House at NC State University, offers STEM opportunities for high school students with disabilities. Starting in high school,  students gain experience for a future in STEM through educational opportunities, field trips, internships and more. Recently, Catalyst students embarked on a field trip to the NASA Johnson Space Center where they went on behind the scenes tours with NASA professionals. In addition, students across the state were immersed in all-things STEM at the Reach for the Stars! Be a Star! STEM Fair in April.  

Jun 7, 2023

Community College High-Altitude Ballooning Teams Fly High in Annual Challenge

Teams from across the state gathered at Catawba Valley Community College in late March to compete in the 2023 NC Space Grant Community College High-Altitude Ballooning Challenge (HABC). Teams received various awards ranging from Highest Altitude to Best Photo. Wake Technical Community College’s high-altitude ballooning team won the Best Overall Team award. 

A star party attendee looks through a telescope to view the night sky.

May 31, 2023

Statewide Star Party is a Stellar Success: Connecting People to Nature From the Mountains to the Sea

In April, the North Carolina Science Festival hosted the 11th annual Statewide Star Party, an opportunity to stargaze, celebrate and learn about the night sky. Approximately 8,500 people participated in these public skywatching events at 35 different locations from the mountains to the sea.  

NASA Artemis Launch Director speaks to NC Space Symposium attendees during keynote presentation about Artemis missions and the future of space exploration.

May 18, 2023

Annual NC Space Symposium Returns In-Person to Celebrate Student Research

On April 21, North Carolina Space Grant hosted its annual NC Space Symposium at the McKimmon Center in Raleigh. The Symposium brought together over 200 students and professionals from all over the state of North Carolina to celebrate student research and learn from experts.  

Apr 14, 2023

Meet NASA Langley’s Chief Technologist: A Q&A with Julie Williams-Byrd, Opening Speaker at the NC Space Symposium

Julie Williams-Byrd will open the NC Space Symposium on April 21 with a talk about her extensive career spanning across multiple disciplines at NASA. As chief technologist at the NASA Langley Research Center, she provides leadership for planning, management and evaluation of new technology development. An inspiration and motivator for students, she is also a proponent for STEM education and engagement. NC Space Grant spoke with Williams-Byrd about her role and passion for STEM mentoring. 

Apr 7, 2023

Beyond Silicon: The Potential of Nanostructures in Up-and-Coming Materials

Silicon is a valuable material and has many uses, such as in our devices. However, silicon is not ideal for all use cases. Therefore, scientists have been investigating new materials that can surpass silicon in both new and established technologies. NC Space Grant 2022-23 Graduate Research Fellow, Cullen Walsh, researches two up-and-coming classes of materials. This research could architect a whole new world of materials that surpass silicon in many applications. 

Apr 6, 2023

‘It’s America’s Rocket:’ A Q&A with Artemis Launch Director Charlie Blackwell-Thompson Ahead of NC Space Symposium

Charlie Blackwell-Thompson is the first woman launch director at NASA. On November 16, 2022, she launched Artemis I, the first in a series of missions bringing human exploration back to the Moon and eventually, Mars. As the keynote speaker for the NC Space Symposium on April 21, Blackwell-Thompson will share her experiences with students. She spoke with NC Space Grant about her STEM journey and her role in the Artemis missions. 

Mar 29, 2023

From North Carolina to NASA: Two NC Space Grant Alumni Share Their Paths to NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Jimmy Acevedo and Julie Hoover are NC Space Grant alumni who are now employed at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. Read more about how they moved from NC to NASA, and the surprising way that NC Space Grant's High-Altitude Ballooning Challenge jump-started their journey 

Mar 6, 2023

Registration is Now Open for the 2023 NC Space Symposium

The 2023 NC Space Symposium will feature presentations by NASA experts, including the Artemis I launch director, as well as talks by student researchers and industry professionals. Make plans now to join NC Space Grant on Friday, April 21, at the McKimmon Center on NC State’s campus. Registration is now open and available through April 15.