GOOGLE SCIENCE FAIR
Virgin Galactic partners with the Google Science Fair – a global online competition for students aging from 13 to 18. The Google Science Fair brings together global partners including Google, Lego Education, National Geographic, Scientific American and Virgin Galactic to inspire students to pursue their curiosity and foster their interest in science and technology.
The event culminates in a grand final event at Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, CA, celebrating the innovators and scientists of tomorrow. This partnership embodies what Galactic Unite is all about, and celebrates our shared passion and vision to inspire the next generation. We are proud to sponsor the Virgin Galactic Pioneer Award, an award which honors a student who uses an innovative, hands-on approach to solve some of the world's greatest engineering challenges.
For more information visit Google Science Fair.
Land Rover 4x4 in
Land Rover is Virgin Galactic’s exclusive automotive partner and since 2014 have been working to encourage young people to pursue careers in STEM. We see huge potential in continuing to leverage this partnership and motivate young people to explore the vitally important STEM fields.
Among other initiatives, Land Rover and Virgin Galactic collaborated on the 4×4 Land Rover Challenge – a competition requiring students to build a four wheel drive vehicle capable of towing a scale replica of SpaceShipTwo around a model of Spaceport America.
STUDENT LAUNCH PROGRAM
The first-ever initiative of Galactic Unite was the creation of a partnership between the New Mexico Space Grant Consortium (NMSGC) and the Student Launch Program. ‘Student Launch’ is part of NASA’s ‘Summer of Innovation Program’ which annually provides school students with access to space (from Spaceport America in New Mexico) for their own science experiments.
The goal of the Student Launch Program is to inspire students to find answers to global challenges through space exploration. The program engages and encourages students to pursue a science-based education by providing the opportunity to build and launch scientific experiments in a sub-orbital rocket. The winning experiments are sent into space on NMSGC-provided sounding rockets. Students are then able to retrieve the collected data and make additional analysis based on the results.
African Digital Education Trust
Virgin Galactic Future Astronaut Timothy Nash founded the African Digital Education Trust (ADET) in 2015 – a digital education and technology not-for-profit with an edu-tech training campus in Westbury, Johannesburg.
ADET is providing students and teachers with training courses covering computer literacy, blended learning, differentiated classrooms, educational leadership, digital teaching plans and the use of STEM digital content. In addition to ADET, the Galactic 5000 pilot program involves six schools in South Africa and three schools in Tanzania. This program includes analysis, training, technological infrastructure and the implementation of digital STEM core curriculum products. Scholarships for ADET program teachers and students are also awarded, providing STEM teaching plans and computer literacy taught by industry experts.