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NASA’s New York City Research Initiative (Part II)

Posted on Thursday, January 6, 2011 by for Juniors, NASA, Sophomores.

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Dr. Scalzo’s PowerPoint presentation on the New York City Research Initiative.

NASA’s New York City Research Initiative

Posted on Tuesday, January 4, 2011 by for Juniors, NASA, Sophomores.


Dr. Frank Scalzo from the Goddard Institute for Space Science will be here on Thursday, January 6th, 2011 to speak about NASA’s New York City Research Initiative during period 11 in room A314. NASA’s mission is to pioneer the future in space exploration, scientific discovery and aeronautics research. Anyone who is interested in working with scientists on a NASA funded project over the summer or who would like to know more about NASA research taking place in the New York City area should attend.

To be eligible for the NYCRI you must …

  • be a US citizen
  • be 16 years of age by June 29, 2011
  • demonstrate an interest in science, technology, engineering, or math
  • have maintained a GPA equivalent of a B or higher in science and math
  • be available to participate Monday through Friday for the duration of the program

NASA Invites Students to a Weightless Challenge

Posted on Tuesday, September 14, 2010 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, NASA, Seniors, Sophomores.

View down the shaft of the 2.2 Second Drop Tower at the Glenn Research Center

Dropping In a Microgravity Environment (DIME) is a weightless science competition open to high school students across the United States and Puerto Rico. Teams may be formed from any type of organization or club, such as a science class, or a group of friends. Each team must have an adult advisor, such as a teacher, parent or technical consultant. Experiment proposals are due November 1.

A panel of NASA scientists and engineers will evaluate and select the top-ranked proposals by December 1. The winning teams then will design and build the experiments that will be conducted in the 2.2 Second Drop Tower at NASA’s Glenn Research Center in Cleveland. When an experiment is dropped into the 79-foot tower, it experiences weightlessness, or microgravity, for 2.2 seconds. Researchers from around the world use this tower to study the effects of microgravity on physical phenomena such as combustion and fluid dynamics, and to develop new technology for future space missions.

The top four DIME teams will receive an all-expenses-paid trip in March to conduct their experiments, review the results with NASA personnel and tour Glenn’s facilities. All DIME participants visiting NASA must be U.S. citizens.

Four additional DIME teams will be selected to build their experiments and ship them to Glenn to be drop-tested by NASA. These experiments and the resulting data will be returned to the teams so they can prepare reports about their findings.

NASA No Boundaries Contest

Posted on Tuesday, March 9, 2010 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, NASA, Seniors.

NASA has teamed with USA TODAY Education to create the “No Boundaries” project and national student competition. This project is designed to help students explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The effort also offers students the opportunity to learn more about NASA.

Working at NASA is like exploring space. No boundaries define what professionals do; knowledge and skill sets are constantly expanding. Becoming a NASA professional is challenging, but it is also achievable. If an individual has the curiosity, creativity, determination and problem-solving skills necessary, then the opportunities at NASA are limitless.

The goal of this project is for students to work in small groups to develop a creative project (Web site, video, podcast, song, etc.) that markets careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics to teens. These student groups will then present their projects to their classmates and a class of younger peers.

The No Boundaries Web site includes a Teacher Toolkit and step-by-step instructions for teachers to implement the project in the classroom. Background information and links to Web sites with career information are also provided.

After presenting their projects, groups are encouraged to enter them in the No Boundaries National Competition. All contest entries must be submitted to USA TODAY Education no later than April 15, 2010.

To learn more about the project and contest, visit the No Boundaries Web site at USA Today Education.

NASA Life and Work on the Moon Art and Design Contest

Posted on Sunday, March 7, 2010 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, NASA, Seniors.

NASA invites high school and college students from all areas of study, including the arts, industrial design, architecture and computer design, to submit their work on the theme “Life and Work on the Moon.” Artists are encouraged to collaborate with science and engineering students. Such collaboration is not required but would help to ensure that the work’s subject is valid for the moon’s harsh environment.

Entries will be accepted in three categories: two-dimensional, three-dimensional and digital, including video. For the first time, entries in literature (poetry and short stories) will also be accepted. Judges will evaluate entries not only on their artistic qualities, but also on whether they depict a valid scenario. Prizes include awards and exhibit opportunities.

Entries are due no later than April 15, 2010. For more information about the contest and to register online, visit the Langley Research Center at NASA.

NASA Environmentally Responsible Aviation Challenge

Posted on Monday, March 1, 2010 by for Extra Credit, Juniors, NASA, Seniors.

The Environmentally Responsible Aviation (ERA) project of the Integrated Systems Research Program, Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate, has announced a new student contest. The Green Aviation Student Challenge invites students to propose ideas and designs for future aircraft that use less fuel, produce less harmful emissions and make less noise.

The contest spans a full calendar year, so students have multiple opportunities to enter. The deadline for the first round is May 1, 2010. The second round deadlines are in December 2010.

Students are asked to submit a well-documented paper and a short video to explain their ideas. The ERA project intends to reward top-scoring students by airing their videos on NASA Web sites, and students may win a trip to an aviation event. Top college students may also earn a paid internship at a NASA center.

For more information, visit the Aeronautics Research Directorate at NASA.

2009 Miscellaneous Awards

Posted on Monday, June 22, 2009 by for ACT-SO, Awards, Miscellaneous, NASA.

  • Anika Ahmed
    was awarded Honorable Mention in the DNA Day competition sponsored by the American Society of Human Genetics.
  • Avner Aronov
    was awarded first place in the Con Edison Go Green Essay Contest and received $200.
  • Sadrach Pierre
    was awarded Outstanding Achievement in Chemistry at the Brooklyn High School Chemistry Day held on October 23rd, 2009 (10/23 a.k.a. "Mole Day") at Brooklyn College.
  • Sadrach Pierre
    was also declared a First Prize Winner and Gold Medalist in the 2009 New York City ACT-SO (Academic, Cultural, Technological, and Scientific Olympics) in the biochemistry category.
  • The teams of Farhana Pinki & Lima Nusrat and Sharmin Rahman & Michael Pimpinella
    were semifinalists in the NASA Dream Experience contest.
  • Farhana Pinki
    was selcted to participate in NASA’s INSPIRE Online Community and received a laptop computer. (INSPIRE stands for Interdisciplinary National Science Project Incorporating Research and Education Experience.)

2007 NASA Aeronautics Competition – Air Transportation in 2057

Posted on Wednesday, May 23, 2007 by for Awards, NASA.

In the fall of 2006, NASA’s Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate announced a new high school competition for the academic year. As part of NASA’s mission to inspire the next generation of engineers, scientists, and explorers, the contest invited students to think about how air and space travel may change over the next 50 years. In this international competition, Midwood was the only school with two winning teams. This accomplishment was recorded in the Weekly Activity Report at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center (the official history of NASA events in the northeastern US).

  • Garbo Chiu and Ada Lau
    received a cash award of $750 for their second place essay.
  • Islam Soliman and Zahid Merchant
    received a cash award of $200 for their honorable mention essay.

1998 Miscellaneous Awards

Posted on Wednesday, June 24, 1998 by for Awards, Miscellaneous, NASA, Terra NYC.

  • Sohail Ahmed
    NASA/NSTA Mars Competition
  • Petros Benias
    NYCSEF Grand Prize (trip to ISEF in Fort Worth) & BioGenius Award; NYC Expo Science Fair: First Place; NY Academy of Sciences: Annals Award; International Science and Engineering Fair: Third Place, Medicine
  • Judy Dong
    NYC Expo Science Fair: First Place; American Association for Clinical Chemistry Award
  • Robert Chen
    NYCSEF Air Force Award & BioGenius Award
  • Hesky Fisher
    Polytech University Math, Science & Engineering Fair: Navy Award
  • Jared Jagdeo
    NYCSEF BioGenius Award; NYC Expo Science Fair: First Place; NAACP ACT/SO Award
  • Anna Kundel
    NYCSEF Navy Award & BioGenius Award
  • Jonathan Saukin
    NYC Expo Science Fair: First Place; Manhattan College Junior Engineering Technical Society Award
  • Paul Schwartz
    Polytech University Math, Science & Engineering Fair: Air Force Award
  • George Sclavos
    Eastern Analytical Convention: First Prize
  • Ronit Socoloff
    Weizman Institute Prize (Summer Research Internship in Israel)