Students for the Exploration and Development of Space, USA

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. SEDS believes in a space-faring civilization and that focusing the enthusiasm of young people is the key to our future in space.
Dec 17, 2013

Fall update!

The outgoing and incoming SEDS Board of Directors.
The outgoing and incoming SEDS Board of Directors.

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.

Sep 17, 2013

Summer Updates from SEDS!

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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Sep 16, 2013

Increased Development and Outreach 2013

Hello SEDS Supporter!

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS) has had a very busy spring and summer making the most of the student availability and ensuring active membership. SEDS has seen an explosion in outreach since successfully completing funding of the Business Development and Public Outreach micro-project and this update will share with you some the highlights.

In May, SEDS-USA was able to attend and exhibit at the Space Tech Expo and International Space Development Conferences which were previously (briefly) written about. Since my last writing, SEDS was invited to the Green2Gold Tech Mixer and the AIAA SPACE 2013 Conference to help spread our message and promote student involvement. These invitations were received by engaging the public and members of these organizations at the conferences and only could have been achieved by getting us out there – so thank you for your support which allowed us this opportunity!

Attending these events has allowed us to spread the message of SEDS and attract the interest of the California State Education system leading to a request to distribute SEDS materials to 30+ universities across the state. Further, discussions have allowed us to develop a plan to distribute SEDS materials across the whole US for increased K-12 and University expansion. While attending these events, SEDS also drew some media attention and conducted video interviews with qbits.com and space.com to be posted later this year. Ensuring organizational progress, SEDS has started working relationships with AIAA, International Space School Educational Trust, the California Space Enterprise Center, SpaceUnited, among many others! We will be inviting these groups and their members to our national conference, SpaceVision 2013, which continues to make head way - Speakers are announced and registration is open. The Student NewSpace Buisiness Plan Competition to be held at SpaceVision 2013 has also been announced and has more than quadrupled the prizes for this year's competition as result of these outreach efforts.

SEDS Earth continues to develop following the conversation starting at UKSEDS’ conference earlier this year. The International Board has been meeting on a quarterly basis and has been determining the priorities for us to help each other and interact on an international level. For starters, we have started to revamp the SEDS Earth website to help new countries start SEDS Charters – we have been contacted by students interested to start in Japan, Korea, Czech Republic, and Turkey to name just a few. Be sure to check the SEDS Earth website out over the coming few months as we update and develop it!

I hope you share our excitement for these business developments at SEDS – USA! We could not have done it without the generosity we received through GlobalGiving and the GiveForYouth platform and cannot thank you enough for investing in the future of SEDS and students everywhere.  We have been working hard and have so much more to share; 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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