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As one of 52 members of the National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, our mission is to expand opportunities for Pennsylvanians to learn about and participate in NASA’s aeronautics and space programs by supporting and enhancing science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education, research and outreach programs.




 New educator workshop for Summer 2018

Bighorn Basin Educator Workshop:
Introduction to geology and paleontology field methods

GEOSC 497/597 (2-credits)

The Bighorn Basin Teacher Workshop is a one week course in introductory field geology and paleontology with special emphasis on a portion of the Mesozoic and early Cenozoic era sedimentary rock and fossil deposits of the Bighorn Basin in Wyoming and Montana. Through daily field excursions and evening classroom sessions, students (both pre-service and in-service teachers) will be introduced to and employ various modern field techniques used by geologists and paleontologists to study the depositional and structural history of the region, paleoenvironmental change through time, and discover first-hand the fossils (including dinosaurs!) that characterize the fauna and flora of these time periods.

For more information and to apply please visit the course website at:

*applications will be accepted through April 20th, 2018.


Congrats to our awesome solar eclipse teams from Pitt, Temple, and Gannon! Great job!

To watch observation videos from the ballooning projects

please visit the eclipse 2017 project site

PA Solar Eclipse Ballooning Teams are almost ready for their big day on August 21st, 2017! Check out cool pictures and videos and learn more about each team by checking out the 2017 PA Solar Eclipse Ballooning webpage.

OSIRIS-3U Principal Investigator Sven Bilén (left) with SSPL students Rebecca Arenson (middle) and Sergio Gallucci (right) display the CubeSat in its launch configuration before heading to Houston, Texas for integration with the Nanoracks deployer. (credit: Rebekka Coakley)

This summer, astronauts on the International Space Station will launch a Penn State student-built satellite into orbit that will help learn more about space weather. Click here to read the whole story in the Penn State News. The Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium is so proud to support such a great team!

Zena Cardman, a doctoral student in Penn State’s College of Earth and Mineral Sciences, and PA Space Grant Fellow, was named to NASA’s 2017 astronaut class on June 7! Read about Astronaut Candidate Zena and learn about her research at PSU. Congrats Zena!

Temple’s “High Altitude Balloon Payload” Wins Senior Design!

Lead by Dr. Helferty, the senior design team at Temple took top prize at the senior design competition; 1st place out of 41 teams! Click on the link above to read more about their awesome team and payload for the upcoming Solar Eclipse 2017. Congrats!

Drexel University Students Build Multi-Use Drop Vehicles

Dr. Ajmal Yousuff and three students work to prove the practicality of a drone navigating to a particular destination and then dropping its payload at the targeted spot.

Temple University Solar Eclipse Team Update

Dr. John Helferty and his College of Engineering students are participating in the solar eclipse balloon launch. Watch the teams successful test launch on April 11, 2017. They flew to 96,000 feet and had manual control of the camera!

Carnegie Mellon Students Create Inflatable Martian Greenhouse

Carnegie Mellon University has developed two new interdisciplinary courses to allow students the chance to design and build a prototype biome in which to grow plants on Mars.

NASTAR Center Student Payload Testing Available

The NASTAR Center has developed procedures that allow cubesat-size (4″x4″x4″) self-contained experiments to be flown in its centrifuge on the same profile used for commercial suborbital spaceflight training.

Temple University Summer 2016 Robotics Course for High School Students

temple-su16-robotics“John Helferty is truly a blessing to the children of Philadelphia. This program is awesome! His personality and efforts to get youth involved in college and thinking about careers is amazing. This experience has been invaluable and will help our son as he begins to focus on his future college career.” ~Happy parent of son who participated in program