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ICFRC: An International Rocket Field School at the Andoya Space Centre in Norway

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David Miles is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Iowa. Professor Miles is an experimental space physicist specializing in the development of the next-generation space-flight magnetic field instruments and particularly miniature instruments for nanosatellites and multipoint measurement instrument constellations. His research interests include space weather, solar-terrestrial physics, and auroral dynamics including magnetosphere-ionosphere coupling. He is the Co-Pl of the magnetic field instrument (MGF) on the Canadian Cassiope/e-POP spacecraft and is the Instrument PI for the miniature digital fluxgate magnetometer (DFGM) on the Ex-Alta-1 CubeSat. He has provided fluxgate magnetometer for two sub-orbital sounding rockets (ICI-4 and Maxidusty-1b) and several ground observatories. Professor Miles was named one of Alberta's Most Influential People: the Next 10 by Alberta Venture Magazine in 2015. He received his PhD from the University of Alberta in 2017. He has eleven peer reviewed publications with five as first author.

Hannah Gulick is a sophomore from Spirit Lake, Iowa studying astronomy, physics, and English Creative Writing. She works on several research projects with the astronomy faculty concerning space instrumentation, X-ray astronomy, and radio astronomy. She hopes to be a researching astrophysicist.

Josh Larson is a senior from Mount Pleasant who is currently pursuing two degrees at the University of Iowa: a BSE in Electrical Engineering and a BS in Physicals. His post-grad plans are to pursue at PhD in space physics with regards to experimentation and instrument development for measuring space plasmas.

In January 2018 to University of Iowa undergraduate students traveled to the Andoya Space Center in Northern Norway to complete a week long sounding rocket field school called CaNoRock (Canada/Norway Sounding Rocket Program). CaNoRock uses student rocket activities as a high profile talent magnet to attract undergraduate students into space-related career paths, to enhance discovery learning through practical hands-on instruction, and to create an exceptional learning environment for undergraduate students. The ultimate goal of CaNoRock is to build scientific and technological research capacity by helping undergraduate students to transition into space-related graduate study and industry. This was the first time that an American university has participated in this international field school. This speech describes the field school and its pedagogical approach and presents the experience through the eyes of the two participating students, Hannah Gulick and Josh Larson.

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