Minnesota West College wins “Plant The Moon Challenge” award

The Bluejay Team from Minnesota West Community & Technical College won the “Best In Show Award: Evaluation of Results” in the Undergraduate and Professional Category in the Fall 2022 “Plant The Moon Challenge.” The Challenge, a program of the Institute of Competition Sciences, is a global science experiment conducted to grow plants in conditions similar […]


James Webb Space Telescope

Launched a little more than a year ago, on December 25, 2021, the James Webb Space Telescope is returning dramatic pictures of faraway regions of the universe. With a 21-inch mirror, the Webb Telescope is seven times as powerful as the Hubble Telescope. Its mission is to observe galaxies, exoplanets, and other object in the […]


Sawyer Mitchell

I graduated in May 2017 with a bachelor’s degree in Aerospace Engineering and Mechanics from the University. I am from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, and have since moved to Houston, Texas, for work. I worked for a summer in 2016 as a member of the high-altitude ballooning team. My work with the ballooning team provided […]


Artemis Orion Returns From Moon Mission

Splashdown! The Artemis Orion capsule parachuted into the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California on time on Sunday, December 11, 2022, at 11:40 am CST / 17:40 UTC. After traveling more than 1.3 million miles in 25 days, the record-breaking Artemis I mission sets the stage for returning astronauts to the Moon. NASA […]


Solar Eclipse Ballooning Intercollegiate Challenge 2022-2023

Announcement of NASA’s Minnesota Space Grant Consortium (MnSGC) Solar Eclipse Ballooning Intercollegiate Challenge (2022-2023 academic year) [ Sign-ups closed on October 15, 2022. ] NEW: Informational video (17 minutes long)  https://youtu.be/OeJNMLfEfXg The Challenge Propose, then build and test, a stratospheric spacecraft (AKA a “payload”) to study aspect(s) of a solar eclipse, to be test-flown […]


Competition Announcement: Unique NASA Opportunity to Design, Build, and Launch High-Power Rockets

The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium in association with the Tripoli, Minnesota, High-Power Rocketry Club, announces the 2022-2023 Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocketry Competition. The fly-off will be held in Minnesota, but this competition is open to college and university student teams from across the nation during the 2022-2023 academic year. This competition is an opportunity […]


“Universe in the Park” Summer Telescope Observing Program

Universe In The Park The Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics hosted in 2022 another “Universe in the Park,” the second summer telescope observing program after missing 2020 due to Covid-19 concerns. These star-gazing evenings at Minnesota parks and nature centers were presented in association with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Three Rivers Park District, […]


Space Grant Midwest Rocketry Competition Winners Announced

High-power rocketry teams from 11 colleges and universities gathered in Wyoming, Minnesota, on Saturday, May 21, 2022, to deliver oral presentations to a panel of judges. On Sunday, May 22, 2022, the teams flew their “fleets” of rockets at the Tripoli Minnesota Rocketry Club launch field near North Branch, Minnesota.   Congratulations to the following […]


Winners announced for GLEAM Lunar Robotics Intercollegiate Challenge

The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium is pleased to announce the top three teams for the 2021-2022 “GLEAM Lunar Robotics” intercollegiate challenge. * First Place * Winona State University Lunar Scouts  * Second Place * Concordia College Moorhead Lunar Robotics Team  * Third Place * Minnesota State University Moorhead The Land Dragons  Congratulations […]


“Physics Lessons From Biology” – Lecture at Augsburg University

The Future is Alive! “Physics Lessons From Biology” Jennifer Ross, Ph.D. Physics Department Chair Syracuse University Zoom Recording from Tuesday, April 12, 2022 Augsburg University Imagine a world where potholes in roads seal themselves like cuts in your skin, your body reports directly to your doctor on pain and medication, and we can explore and […]


In-person exhibits included at the 2022 MnSGC Student Symposium

On Saturday, March 26, 2022, the Minnesota Space Grant Consortium held a statewide Student Symposium at the University of Minnesota Twin Cities. In-person attendees gathered at Akerman Hall. Sessions were also streamed on Zoom for remote attendees. This year’s symposium marked the inclusion of in person presentations and exhibits. The first symposium, in March 2021, […]


NASA’s Minnesota Space Grant Consortium Student Symposium on March 26, 2022

Saturday, March 26, 2022 9 a.m. – 4:45 p.m. (in person in Akerman Hall (map) or on-line on Zoom (links in abstract booklet)) The nearest parking (though not the least expensive) is in the Washington Avenue Parking Ramp. NASA’s Minnesota Space Grant Consortium (MnSGC) presented a free, day-long student symposium for students to share about […]


U of MN’s “Universe in the Park” Summer Telescope Observing Program Restarted After Pandemic Hiatus

The MnSGC helps support “Universe in the Park,” a summer telescope observing program that returned in 2021 after missing Summer 2020 due to concerns over the Covid-19 pandemic. The Minnesota Institute for Astrophysics hosts the star-gazing evenings at Minnesota parks and nature centers in association with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, the Three Rivers […]


High-Power Rockets are Flying!

High-Power Rocketry (remote) Lessons are now finished, and rockets are flying! Five of the rockets built during this fall’s Minnesota Space Grant Consortium High-Power Rocketry (remote) Lessons program were taken to the Tripoli, Minnesota, launch site near North Branch and launched on December 4, 2021. The remaining rockets will be flown in the spring. To […]


Macalaster College First Year Rocketry Class Blasts Off!

 For students enrolled in Professor Tonnis ter Veldhuis course at Macalaster College it literally is all about rocket science. In this physics course the lab is learning how to design, simulate, build, and launch a high-power rocket. The course covers standard material such as Newton’s laws, conservation of energy, linear momentum, angular momentum, oscillations, […]


The 2021-2022 Space Grant (in-the-) Midwest High-Power Rocketry Competition – the “Return to Flight: Fleet Challenge” – has now begun

The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium and Tripoli MN, a local high-power rocketry club, has now announced rules for the 2021-2022 Space Grant Midwest High-Power Rocketry Competition. This intercollegiate competition, entitled the “Return to Flight: Fleet Challenge,” should appeal to teams of both new and experienced high-power rocketry students, allowing them to demonstrate their design/build/fly “chops” […]


Minnesota Space Grant offers stratospheric ballooning workshop for GO4ST8 high school physics teachers

James Flaten and the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities ballooning team, assisted by Erick Agrimson and the St. Catherine University ballooning team, offered a learn-to-do-stratospheric-ballooning workshop for high school physics teachers from GO4ST8. The teachers constructed two payloads containing multiple cameras, stand-alone sensors, and microcontroller-logged sensors suites, then helped launch them on a weather balloon on […]


Minnesota Space Grant announces “GLEAM Lunar Robotics” Intercollegiate Challenge for 2021-2022. (Sign-ups are now closed.) Kick-off at U of MN – Twin Cities on Sunday, Oct. 10, 2021.

NASA’s Minnesota Space Grant Consortium (MnSGC) is pleased to announce the “MnSGC 2021-2022 GLEAM Lunar Robotics Intercollegiate Challenge.” Challenge website: https://m.dept.aem.umn.edu//msgc/MN_Space_Grant_GLEAM_Lunar_Robotics_Challenge_2021_2022/ In this challenge, which will run from October 2021 through March 2022, teams of students will develop small electronic sensor suites which will be carried by miniature radio-controlled surface vehicles to explore an unknown, […]


Free Robotics Workshop for Teachers Offered

Concordia College Graduate and Continuing Studies is offering a free robotics workshop consisting of a 100% virtual NASA-in-the-Classroom professional development activity. The workshop is open to all Minnesota K-12 educators (and, space permitting, education majors). Participants will receive a free Sphero robot and join their class as they learn how to integrate coding into their […]


Quadcopter Challenge Winners Announced

Despite pandemic-related challenges, teams from eight colleges and universities and one high school were able to complete the 2020-2021 Minnesota Space Grant Consortium Exploration-Flying Quadcopter Challenge. Congratulations to all! Judges ranked these teams as the top three: First Place: Minnesota State University Moorhead Second Place: Century College Third Place: Hill-Murray High School Here is a […]


MN Space Grant Student Symposium on March 27, 2021

The Minnesota Space Grant Consortium hosted a statewide Student Symposium on Saturday, March 27, 2021 – see link to “abstract booklet” (including recorded video links) posted below. This day-long virtual event included talks from 24 individual students and student teams who have been working on MnSGC-sponsored projects during the past year. There were also talks […]