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NASA SUITS Challenge

Microgravity Student Grinning in a Zero-Gravity chamber and giving a thumbs-up to the camera.

FALL 2021 taught in-person. 

What is the ambitious goal of this project?

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

Check out the team’s NASA NExT page and the NASA Microgravity page for more examples.

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 VIP 200, VIP 400 or VIP 500 level.
2nd 7 week course VIP 200, VIP 400, or VIP 500 level.
Register for 1-2 credits.
Meeting times TBD.

Interested in joining this team?

For more information and to request a permission number to register contact Dr. Steve Swanson at OR complete this interest form and someone will contact you. Check out this page for tips on contacting a professor.

To register:  search by Subject: Vertically Integrated Projects, read the project description to find the right section of VIP 200, 400, or 500. Use permission number, here are instructions Add with a permission number