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 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!