National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition overview
Larimer, Randal M.
Des Jardins, Angela
Shaw, Joseph A.
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The yearly National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition (NSSSC) is Montana Space Grant Consortium's Education and Public Outreach (EP/O) Program for NASA's Interface Region Imaging Spectrograph (IRIS) mission. The NSSSC is designed to give schools with less aerospace activity such as Minority Serving Institutions and Community Colleges an opportunity for hands on real world research experience. The NSSSC provides students from across the country the opportunity to work as part of an undergraduate interdisciplinary team to design, build and test a ground based solar spectrograph. Over the course of nine months, teams come up with their own science goals and then build an instrument to collect data in support of their goals. Teams then travel to Bozeman, MT to demonstrate their instruments and present their results in a competitive science fair environment. This paper and poster will discuss the 2011-2012 competition along with results as well as provide information on the 2012 -2013 competition opportunities.
Larimer, Randal M., Angela DesJardins, Joseph A. Shaw, Charles C. Kankelborg, Christopher Palmer, Larry Springer, Joey Key, et al. "National Student Solar Spectrograph Competition overview", Proceedings of the SPIE 8481, Optics Education and Outreach II, 84810Z (October 15, 2012). doi:10.1117/12.965323