In 2014, NC Space Grant developed and implemented a High Altitude Ballooning Competition for community college teams. This program was a huge success and several colleges now have ballooning design incorporated into their STEM curriculum (one team has even gone on to participate in advanced ballooning national activities).
Over the course of the 2018-2019 academic year, teams will incorporate NASA design cycle to design, build, test, and fly a scientific experiment onboard a high altitude balloon payload. Student teams will gather monthly for telecom sessions to be used as a forum to monitor progress and ask questions. At the end of the academic year, teams that complete critical design and build phases will launch their payloads at a balloon launch and retrieval team competition.
Here is a video from the student point-of-view about why you should participate.
$TBD per team
Next opportunity will be released in September 2018