In the Team Project (TP) experience, students work in interdisciplinary and intercultural teams to produce either a comprehensive analysis and proposal for an international space project or work on a topic relevant to the professional space sector.
The participants will choose one of the TP topics on which to work for the duration of the SSP. This element of the SSP has three main objectives.
Participants are encouraged to:
A. Combine the knowledge and skills that they have already gained from their own educational or professional backgrounds with those that they learn and develop through the lectures, workshops and other presentations during the SSP.
B. Experience problem-solving, decision-making and organizing within an international, interdisciplinary and intercultural teamwork environment wherein conflicts may emerge and compromises must be made.
C. Produce and present a comprehensive report of professional quality before a public group.
The TP Final Reports should cover all relevant disciplines including technical, financial, organizational, political, social and scientific. Many ISU reports have served as resources for the world space community (see https://isulibrary.isunet.edu/opac/ for accessing executive summaries and Team Projects in pdf).
The structure of each TP depends to some extent on the subject matter to be addressed, but certain aspects are common to all projects:
- An early phase of project brainstorming and discussion
- A series of lectures relevant to the Team Project topics
- An intensive research period
- A challenging period of structural organizing
- Various opportunities for engaging departmental faculty members and lecturers in discussion of Team Project issues
- Two interim presentations and reviews subject to expert advice and comments
- A final period of intense work and revision
Each TP team must analyze and respond to all of the tasks outlined in the Team Project description. Innovative solutions and creativity are encouraged, but team members must ensure that the topics listed in the guidelines have been addressed.
As with any international space project, quality control and accuracy, will be assured through Team Project reviews throughout the course of the Session. During these reviews team members will present their work and findings to their project co-chairs, faculty and invited experts. Reviewers will then comment on and offer constructive criticism on the information offered. The project teams are required to carefully listen to the comments of the reviewers. With the guidance of the project co-chairs, the teams will decide how to best implement the experts’ advice.
Post-SSP—Team Project Activities: ISU alumni regularly present the SSP Team Project results at international conferences and meetings (at the International Astronautical Congress and United Nations conferences, for example). Groups of students and faculty have also worked to transform Team Project reports into real-world studies for space agencies and research institutes.