Big Idea Challenge

Dartmouth Thayer School of Engineering entry

Digital mockup of Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth's Big Idea Challenge exploratory robot proposal

The Breakthrough, Innovative and Game-changing (BIG) Idea Challenge is an initiative supporting NASA’s Game Changing Development Program (GCD) efforts to rapidly mature innovative/high impact capabilities and technologies for infusion in a broad array of future NASA missions. The BIG Idea Challenge also offers real world experience for university students in the development of the systems needed to support NASA’s exploration goals. For this reason, the Space Grant Consortium is supporting this year’s challenge. In FY20, Space Grant is leveraging funds to help develop the next line of a STEM-trained workforce with skills and experience aligned directly with STMD technology focus areas and capability needs. More on the BIG Idea Challenge website
Thayer School of Engineering at Dartmouth's entry in NASA's BIG Idea Challenge. SHREW: Strategic Highly-compliant Roving Explorers of other Worlds, a lightweight, modular, extremely mobile and maneuverable remote vehicle.

Supporting Space Education

And inspiring future scientists

High school students from Project Smart work with an adult mentor on an electronics project

NEW HAMPSHIRE SPACE GRANT CONSORTIUM (NHSGC) brings together NH's educational and scientific communities to foster public interest in science education, scholarship, and research. Funded by NASA, the consortium supports eight New Hampshire affiliate institutions and thousands of teachers, students, faculty, and citizens interested in the sciences, in space science, and in inspiring future scientists. Please note that as a training grant, any person receiving funding must be a U.S. Citizen.

NHSGC Affiliates

Offering a diverse array of resources applied to generating student interest in the sciences.

Plymouth State University faculty and volunteers prepare to launch a weather balloon at AerospaceFest in 2013

Their methods of inspiration include educational challenges, interactive hands-on exhibits, training, research opportunities, and educational scholarships. Common theme: inspiring future scientists.