Support 9000 Space Exploration Interested Students
Summary
SEDS is an independent, student-based organization which promotes the exploration and development of space. SEDS pursues this mission by educating people about the benefits of space, by supporting a network of interested students, by providing an opportunity for members to develop their leadership skills, and inspiring people through our involvement in space-related projects.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Space exploration and development is not seen as a priority by the majority of the public. We see a grave problem with the lack of support for stronger efforts to support space exploration and settlement efforts. Herein lies the central goals of SEDS: to educate the public on the current matters of space, inspire the young generation to realize the great benefits of investing aspirations of tomorrow in space programs, and enabling student enthusiasts to develop careers in the space industry.
How will this project solve this problem?
Students envision the aspirations for our future. SEDS seeks to give these students the opportunity to be leaders while still being in school through promoting activities, projects, and hosting events. With thought evoking activities for students, the organization is acting to develop skilled professionals to lead a new generation. SEDS values the diverse opinions that are present in the spaceflight community and students are able to explore the variety of careers contained within it.
Potential Long Term Impact
We will educate 1000+ students across the US nation and work with our international partners to encourage the youth to take responsibility and initiative to develop a stronger tomorrow. While SEDS is an interest group that seeks to promote exploring and developing space, our best path forward can often come from unexpected directions; because of this the organization seeks to promote active leadership and involvement in fostering the debate of these topics, both among ourselves and the public.
Funding Received:
$ 515.00
Funds Remaining:
$ 19,485.00
Funding Goal:
$ 20,000.00

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Support 9000 Space Exploration Interested Students
Spring Update!
Author(s):
Hannah Kerner
Published:
2014-04-18

This update includes information about the SEDS-USA High Altitude Balloon Competition, the SpaceTalks speaker series, SpaceVision 2014, the Student Business Plan Competition, the Humans to Mars Summit, and the International Space Development Conference.

The first-ever High Altitude Balloon Competition has officially launched! Teams are challenged to build and fly a less-than-six-pound payload by May 31st. Three winners will be selected based on the novelty of the payload, with a grand prize of five SpaceVision 2014 registrations. This competition is the perfect way for your chapter to get involved with a technical project with little funding or technical experience required. Half of our chapters have already signed up to participate!

SEDS SpaceTalks is a series of Google+ Hangouts On Air highlighting developments, challenges, and new opportunities in the space industry. Each Hangout, a new space-industry leader is invited to talk about a hot space topic of their choice. Events are broadcast live on YouTube for questions from the public, and chapters have the opportunity to join the Hangout and interact directly with the speaker. So far we have had three successful SpaceTalk hangouts with William Pomerantz, Vice President of Special Projects at Virgin Galactic; Chris Voorhees, Vice President of Spacecraft Development at Planetary Resources; and Ryan Kobrick, Executive Director of Yuri's Night and Program Manager at Space Florida.

UNC SEDS has been working away on getting things ready for SpaceVision 2014, to be held October 30th - November 2nd in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina. Registration and hotel bookings will be available within the next week, and we’ll be announcing a number of awesome speakers. As a sneak peek at the keynotes you can expect this year, we are excited to announce that Astronaut Story Musgrave, the only astronaut to fly missions on all five shuttles,  and Lori Garver will be delivering keynotes at this year’s conference.

Preparations for the fourth annual Student Business Plan Competition have already begun, starting with efforts to increase public awareness of the event and seeking out sponsorships. This year, we hope build off the success of previous competitions and substantially increase the prize offering as well as provide educational resources to students with entrepreneurial interests. Also being considered is the possibility of providing a seminar for the competitors prior to the event, where they can learn how to strengthen their business plans and approach potential investors.

We are pleased to announce that members of SEDS will receive a special discount code for the Humans to Mars Summit (H2M). In addition, and STEM educators will receive free registration on the first day of the conference (April 22nd). H2M will be held April 22-24, 2014 at at George Washington University in Washington, DC. This Summit will be a comprehensive Mars exploration conference to address the major technical, scientific, and policy related challenges that need to be overcome to send humans to Mars by 2030. Topics will include Mars mission architecture and challenges, science goals and robotic precursor missions, planetary protection, international cooperation, Mars and STEM education, space and US competitiveness, Affording Mars, ISRU, and many other topics. SEDS members can receive exclusive discount registration with a discount code provided by their chapter leaders. H2M speakers include: Buzz Aldrin, Charles Bolden, William Gerstenmaier, Miles O'Brien, Scott Pace, Pete Worden, Rick Tumlinson, and many more. For a full list of speakers, please visithttp://h2m2014.exploremars.org/category/speakers/.

The National Space Society's International Space Development Conference (ISDC) 2014 will be held in Los Angeles at the Sheraton Gateway LAX Hotel from May14th to 18th. This annual conference brings together the leading managers, engineers, scientists, educators, and businessmen from civilian, military, commercial, entrepreneurial, and grassroots advocacy space sectors. This year, the theme of the conference is "A Space Renaissance", a revival or rebirth, a period of expanding intellectual and artistic achievement or enthusiasm. A Renaissance is happening now in the worldwide space industry during this transformation towards private space enterprise and space tourism ventures. Inevitably this will lead to large-scale sustainable space settlements and a bright and healthy future in space for humanity. The National Space Society expects ISDC 2014 to be one of the premiere space conferences of the year and to have record attendance. Many SEDS members from all over the country will be volunteers at ISDC 2014, and the Chair of SEDS-USA will be speaking to hundreds of students on the first night of the conference.

Thank you for your continued involvement with SEDS. We look forward to the next month of your contributions to the SEDS mission to promote and participate in the exploration and development of space.

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Fall update!
Author(s):
Hannah Kerner
Published:
2013-12-17

SEDS-USA's major event in the Fall was SpaceVision 2013. SpaceVision, the national conference for SEDS-USA and the largest student-run space conference in the world, is hosted every Fall by a select SEDS university chapter. This year's conference was hosted by the chapter at Arizona State University (ASU) on their beautiful, sunny campus in Tempe, Arizona. Speakers included Bill Nye, the Science Guy and CEO of The Planetary Society; Phil Plait, author of the Bad Astronomer blog; and Bob Richards, co-founder of SEDS, Moon Express, and International Space University (among others!). The conference drew hundreds of students who are not just interested in space but are dedicated to the development and pursuit of space exploration, the future leaders of our nation -- and our solar system.

The results of year-long competitions and efforts were presented at SpaceVision 2013, including the winning teams of the High-Powered Rocketry Competition and NewSpace Student Business Plan Competition as well as National Awards for chapters and individuals. This year's High-Powered Rocketry Competition saw a 50% growth in participation and the University of Buffalo (UB) SEDS took first prize with a rocket that reached an altitude of over 10,000 feet. UB SEDS also won the Satellite Project of the Year Award for their GLint Analyzing Data Observation Satellite (GLADOS) project. The University of California at San Diego SEDS won both the NewSpace Student Business Plan Competition and the Technical Project of the Year award for their 3D printed rocket engines, in addition to the national award for Best New Chapter. SEDS-ASU won Chapter of the Year for their fantastic work on SpaceVision planning and other projects and the University of North Carolina SEDS (UNC) won Outreach Project of the Year for the Carolina Space Symposium. The Todd Hawley Award for Student Leadership was awarded to 2012-2013 Chair of SEDS-USA Michael Zwach and the Darrell D. Cain Award of Excellence was awarded to Dan Pastuf, Executive Director and 2011-2012 Chair of SEDS-USA. SpaceVision 2013 also facilitated the Council of Chapters, a national meeting for all chapters to meet face-to-face and elect the new year's Board of Directors as well as the chapter that will host SpaceVision 2014. Next year's conference will be hosted by our chapter at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the nation's top public research university.

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Summer Updates from SEDS!
Author(s):
Derek Napierala
Published:
2013-09-17

Hello SEDS Supporter!

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) has seen terrific growth this quarter due in large part to the generosity we received through GlobalGiving and the GiveForYouth platform.  A couple of the major projects we have been working on include the SpaceVision conference where the SEDS business plan will be held, the 2013 SEDS Rocketry challenge, revamping the NOVA publication, and the High Altitude Balloon Project. 

A major yearly goal for SEDS is the SpaceVision conference.  This year the Student NewSpace Buisiness Plan Competition has been announced for SpaceVision 2013 which has more than quadrupled the prizes for this year’s competition as result of these outreach efforts. SpaceVision 2013 will be held at Arizona State this year from November 7th -10th and co-ordination has begun with AIAA, International Space School Educational Trust, the California Space Enterprise Center, SpaceUnited, among many others!

The 2013 SEDS Rocketry challenge has gotten off to a great start. We have seen a dramatic improvement in team engagement this year with excellent work being completed by students in their drive to complete the challenge of launching a rocket to 10,000 feet with a three pound scientific payload. Ten teams have filed to participate this year which impacts over 150 students at universities across the country. Teams will be launching their rockets over the summer of 2013 and submitting their final reports for scoring in September 2013.

Another important aspect of SEDS is the NOVA newsletter.  This publication brings national updates to each of the student chapters.  We are planning on a new distribution method in order to allow it to be more accessible and relevant to timeliness of content, creating a more compact format and having it easy to access to SEDS members on the SEDS website and via email.  Historically, the NOVA has been released in polished lengthy volumes as SEDS has done for decades; moving to a newsletter format which can be sent out bi-weekly or weekly is more timely to the latest space developments and our members.

The High Altitude Balloon micro-project has made great strides in developing a project to reach and influence K-12 students. In seeking for partners to help SEDS reach this demographic, the executive board has been in discussion with SpaceUnited, a relatively new space organization which focuses on humanitarian efforts space access can provide. Aligning a goal to reduce the costs of High Altitude Balloon kits and preparing lesson plans for teachers, SEDS is working to inspire students young about the edge of the earth and where space begins.

This has only just touched on the most active of projects at SEDS in the works with your help. For a full stream of updates and to stay up to date check us out on Facebook, Twitter, or at www.seds.org. If you have any questions or would like to engage SEDS, please feel free to contact us at info@seds.org.

From the current and future space passionate hearts of K-12 and university students everywhere, thank you for your support and helping us to create a better future!

 

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Spring 2013 Growth at SEDS-USA
Author(s):
Michael Zwach
Published:
2013-06-14

Hello SEDS Donor!

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) has seen terrific growth this quarter due in large part to the generosity we received through GlobalGiving and the GiveForYouth platform.  SEDS has been working hard on the eleven microprojects listed and I am happy to share with you a few of the most exciting updates!

In accordance with SEDS-USA's Strategic Plan for 2013-2022, there are three major goals the board has been dedicating its efforts to this Spring. One goal has been to attend at least one new major tradeshow or conference a year in order to reach new people and new growth prospects. With the funding provided through the Business Development and Public Outreach microproject SEDS was able to afford a new tradeshow exhibit and the registration fee for the Space Tech Expo held in Long Beach, CA May 21-23rd. The Space Tech Expo was a tremendous success: spreading awareness of SEDS to local high schools and universities, bringing in potential sponsors of SpaceVision and future National Projects, and establishing several new partnerships with the space industry in California. Overall, I would estimate that SEDS spoke to approximately 50 people a day at the Space Tech Expo.  

On similar note, the funds generated helped SEDS-USA Chair, Michael Zwach, travel to Bristol, England to attend the 25th Anniversary of UKSEDS. These funds were provided on a cost share basis with Purdue University and has directly resulted in the growing communication of SEDS Earth once more. An SEDS Earth Project is now in the works, working to bring together over 5000 University students from 15 countries!

SEDS has made progress in organizing the 3rd annual Student NewSpace Business Plan Competition in partnership with the Space Frontier Foundation. In addition to seeking contributions from donors such as yourself, the executive board is working to secure sponsorship from Green2Gold, a project of the Environmental Education Group - a sponsor identified at the Space Tech Expo. We have recruited a staff member to manage this project on behalf of SEDS and we are looking forward to officially announcing the competition at the NewSpace 2013 conference which runs July 25-27 at Silicon Valley.

The High Altitude Balloon micro-project, has made great strides in developing a project to reach and influence K-12 students. In seeking for partners to help SEDS reach this demographic, the executive board has been in discussion with SpaceUnited, a relatively new space organization which focuses on humanitarian efforts space access can provide. Aligning a goal to reduce the costs of High Altitude Balloon kits and preparing lesson plans for teachers, SEDS is working to inspire students young about the edge of the earth and where space begins.

This has only just touched on the most active of projects at SEDS in the works with your help. For a full stream of updates and to stay up to date check us out on Facebook, Twitter, or at www.seds.org. If you have any questions or would like to engage SEDS, please feel free to contact us at info@seds.org.

From the current and future space passionate hearts of K-12 and university students everywhere, thank you for your support and helping us to create a better future!

 

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