Grant: Connecting the Cosmos: Developing Innovative GNU Radio-Based SETI Curriculum

Date: April 2023
Amount: $99,393

The Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence (SETI) Institute is a non-profit research organization that is committed to scientific education and outreach, with a focus on making SETI research appealing to both students and the general public. The SETI Institute has created an array of educational resources, such as workshops, outreach programs, and online courses, all of which have reached millions worldwide. However, when it comes to radio communication and digital signal processing for students in community colleges, opportunities for practical training are limited.

This grant will provide funding to develop and deploy a 12-week radio SETI curriculum that aims to teach the basics of signal processing and digital communications. Specifically, they will be utilizing GNU radio software and rich data created by the SETI Institute’s Allen Telescope Array, all with the end goal of preparing the next generation of amateur radio communication experts.

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