NASA Microgravity University


Global Challenge

While our exact challenge is to be announced by NASA, our most recent project to prototype a spacewalking tool gives you an idea of the big, audacious, inspiring nature of the challenge we will work on.

Experience Gained

You and other students on the team will work to write a proposal, a test equipment data package, and a final report to NASA. You will also work on outreach to local schools and communities promoting NASA and STEM, empowering those who will follow in your footsteps.

This experience will provide you with new skills and knowledge such as:

  • Systems Engineering
  • Human Interface Design
  • Application of Coursework Concepts to Real World Challenges
  • Communication, Leadership, and Teamwork
  • Creativity and Innovation

Majors or Interests Needed

We’re looking for students with the following majors or interests:

  • Education
  • Communications
  • Math
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Physics
  • Civil Engineering

VIP Coach Information

Dr. Steve Swanson is a Computer Scientist, former NASA astronaut, and now a Boise State Distinguished Educator in Residence. Read more at He coaches two VIP teams, this one NASA Micogravity University, and Autonomous Robotic Systems

Course Information

Full semester course or a 2nd 8 week course. 1-2 credits for VIP  200, VIP 400, or VIP 500 level.
Team meets Fridays 3:00PM – 3:50PM.

Here is how to join the team

For more information and to request a permission number to register, contact Dr. Steve Swanson at To register: search by Subject: Vertically Integrated Projects.