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 firstname.lastname@example.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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