NASA has unveiled six universities that will be in receipt of funding totaling $30 million. At each of the six universities, research centers will be established and provided with $1 million per year, dependent on availability of funds and performance. The chosen universities are known for hosting significant minority and underrepresented students and are:
– California State University in Long Beach for the Center for Human Factors in Advanced Aeronautics Technologies
– Delaware State University in Dover for the establishment of a NASA Optical Sciences Center for Applied Research
– North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro for the Center for Aviation Safety
– North Carolina Central University in Durham for the NASA Center for Aerospace Device Research and Education
– University of Texas in Brownsville for the Center for Gravitational Wave Astronomy
– University of Texas in El Paso for the Center for Space Exploration Technology Research
Chosen from 35 applicants. This is part of NASA’s education program, which aims to improve science and engineering learning through a diverse rang of projects like this or projects like the Team America Rocketry Competition.
TARC 2010 (for which registration is now open) challenges entrants to design and build a rocket that will stay aloft at an altitude of 825 feet for between 40-45 seconds and then return to the ground without damaging the payload of one raw egg.