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Night Rover Challenge

The Night Rover Challenge catalyzes bold advances in energy storage technologies.

The Night Rover Challenge is the latest in a successful series of competitions from NASA’s Office of Centennial Challenges. Through a $1.5 Million technical competition, industry meetings, and robust education programs, we are creating innovative opportunities to drive energy storage to new heights. Managed by the Cleantech Open, a California 501.c.3 organization, in collaboration with YouNoodle Inc., our programs pull upon some of the leading experts in the fields of energy storage and entrepreneurial development.

The Invention Experience is the educational arm of the Night Rover Challenge program.

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LF_blueThe Lemelson Foundation

The Lemelson Foundation works to inspire and enable the next generation of inventors and invention-based enterprises in order to build a stronger US economy and create social and economic change for the poor in developing countries. Their support is has allowed for the development of the “Invention Experience,” a Night Rover Challenge educational program combining science, innovation, and entrepreneurship in unique opportunities for under-served students.

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NASA Centennial Challenges LogoNASA Centennial Challenges

NASA’s journeys into air and space have deepened humankind’s understanding of the universe, advanced technology breakthroughs, enhanced air travel safety and security, and expanded the frontiers of scientific research. These accomplishments share a common genesis: education.

As the United States begins the second century of flight, the Nation must maintain its commitment to excellence in science, technology, engineering and mathematics education to ensure that the next generation of Americans can accept the full measure of their roles and responsibilities in shaping the future.

NASA’s Centennial Challenges Office seeks to:

  • Drive progress in aerospace technology of value to NASA’s missions
  • Encourage the participation of independent teams, individual inventors, student groups and private companies of all sizes in aerospace research and development
  • Find the most innovative solutions to technical challenges through competition and cooperation

Each Centennial Challenge also has the power to inspire generations of students. With the Invention Experience being the educational arm of the Night Rover Centennial Challenge, we are tied to the grand challenges at NASA’s doorstep.

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The Instituting Science In Schools (I.S.I.S.) Project is the first fully integrated and culturally competent education/entertainment platform designed and dedicated to increasing interest and aptitude in science, mathematics and technology amongst the youth of America. Through a combination of multimedia artistry and research method founded curriculum and pedagogy, The I.S.I.S. Project engages students via immersive experiences in science education and hands on academic enrichment programs.

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cto_logo200Cleantech Open

The Cleantech Open is the Managing organization of the Night Rover Challenge. The Cleantech Open is a california non-profit organization that operates the worlds largest clean technology business plan competition and accelerator. Alumni of the Cleantech Open competition have raised over $660 Million in startup capital, 80% of whom are still economically viable today.

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startup_experienceStartup Experience

The Startup Experience is a well proven workshop program that has been developed in collaboration with educators from leading Universities and experienced entrepreneurs from Silicon Valley. The program has been thoroughly tested with students from different cultural backgrounds and is now running in +8 countries around the world.

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Chabot logoChabot Space & Science Center

The mission of Chabot Space & Science Center is to be a place for students of all ages to learn and be inspired about the Universe and our Planet Earth.

Founded as an observatory in 1883, today Chabot offers visitors the very latest in hands-on, interactive exhibits, displays, and Planetarium shows that explore the mysteries of the universe and of life here on earth. Combined with a full program of activity-filled classes, workshops, Space & Science Camp, outreach programs and special events, Chabot Space & Science Center has become the Bay Area’s go to destination for visitors of all ages who want to discover and learn about space and earth sciences.

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Oregon Museum of Science and IndustryOregon Museum of Science and Industry

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is a scientific, educational, and cultural resource center dedicated to improving the public’s understanding of science and technology. OMSI makes science exciting and relevant through exhibits, programs, and experiences that are presented in an entertaining and participatory fashion.

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Arizona Challenger Space Center logoArizona Challenger Space Center

The Mission of the Challenger Space Center is to inspire, excite and educate people of all ages about the mysteries and wonders of space, science and the universe in which we live.

Challenger Learning Center of Arizona is a nonprofit organization, 501.c.3., providing vital science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs to students primarily in grades K-8. In addition, the Center is a public museum open daily 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Challenger Space Center Arizona is one of only three Smithsonian Institution Affiliates in the greater Phoenix Valley, offering quality exhibits and programs for families and people of all ages amidst an exciting backdrop of space exploration.

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hiller_logo200Hiller Aviation Museum

The Hiller Aviation Institute, a non-profit organization, brings together historical, educational and technological resources to create programs which increase public understanding of science and aviation and inspire new opportunities.

The Hiller Aviation Institute is dedicated to the dreams of flight – looking back into aviation’s history while exploring its future. The experience is educational and entertaining casting new light onto the technical innovations. Before you leave, you’ll be transformed from visitor to explorer.

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