A Youngling is a student in grades K-5. JEDI provides space-related presentations, typically in group settings, to Younglings. Examples include workshops at SEEK camps and NSBE PCI conferences. Material may also be provided to NSBE publications such as the Bridge magazine, as well as to websites and social media platforms. Younglings do not receive direct mentorship. Parents of Younglings may subscribe to a JEDI listserv for space-related and educational information.
A Trainee is a NSBE Jr. member in grades 6-8 who has formally registered as a JEDI. Each Trainee must register under a Trainee Circle, which is a group of Trainees in the same chapter or city, or sharing some other common connection. Each JEDI Trainee Circle is assigned a JEDI Initiate Cluster, which will engage the Circle in Space SIG competitions and/or technical projects related to Space SIG engineering projects. Trainee Circles are responsible for conducting Youngling outreach activity in their local areas, typically at elementary schools their members formerly attended. All JEDI Trainee Circles are on a listserv for space-related information. The number of Trainee Circles is limited by the number of available JEDI Initiate Clusters.
An Initiate is a NSBE Jr. member in grades 9-12 who has formally registered as a JEDI. Each Initiate must register under an Initiate Cluster, which is a group of Initiates in the same chapter or city, or sharing some other common connection. Each JEDI Initiate Cluster is assigned a JEDI Enclave, which will engage the Cluster in Space SIG competitions and/or technical projects related to Space SIG engineering projects. Initiate Clusters are responsible for conducting Trainee outreach activity in their local areas, typically at middle schools their members formerly attended. All JEDI Initiate Clusters are on a listserv for space-related information. The number of Initiate Clusters is limited by the number of available JEDI Enclaves.
An Enclave is a NSBE team centered around a college or university meeting specific requirements. In order to become an Enclave an institution must have an active NSBE chapter that has officially voted to participate as an Enclave, by either executive board or general membership vote. That NSBE chapter must identify a specific component of a Space SIG project (or components from a suite of projects) it wishes to participate in and secure agreement from that project's lead and the Space SIG Director to participate. The NSBE chapter must also secure a commitment from a faculty member at that institution to serve as principal investigator for this research and as a technical adviser for the Enclave. Together, the principal investigator and chapter form the Enclave. The institution must further provide through the principal investigator or chapter one or more of the following in support of each identified project: grant/proposal writing, facility or lab space, hardware or software tools, raw materials, funding, or other relevant resources appropriate to the identified project. The Enclave must organize one or more student teams, each composed at least 60% of nationally and locally paid NSBE members of that institution to provide a technical role for each selected project, negotiated with the selected project's lead. This role may involve any aspect of engineering including but not limited to hardware/software design, mockup/prototype fabrication, testing, etc. In most cases this role will involve delivery of a product to the Space SIG - which depending on the specifics of each project may remain resident at the institution, or may be delivered to another facility. This role may involve any combination of senior design classes, special topics classes, independent research, graduate theses, and NSBE chapter programs. Multiple Enclaves may also partner/collaborate with each other or with other academic programs/entities. Enclaves are expected to serve as mechanisms by which their institution (via the principal investigator or NSBE chapter) will submit funding proposals in support of their role in Space SIG projects. Enclaves are responsible for conducting Initiate outreach activity, typically at local high schools or alumni institutions of Enclave members. Typically Enclaves will exist at the undergraduate/graduate level, but there are select high schools with advanced college-level programs that may also become Enclaves. Typically an undergraduate member of an Enclave will have at least one Padawan member, though Padawans are limited by the number of available JEDI Mentors.
A Padawan is a NSBE member in an undergraduate STEM major who has applied for acceptance as a JEDI Padawan. Each Padawan is assigned by the JEDI Council to a JEDI Mentor. The Padawan works side by side with the Mentor on a Space SIG engineering project. The Padawan will also receive academic, career, and engineering research mentorship from the Mentor. The Mentor will endeavor to assist the Padawan in securing a job offer from the Mentor's company or agency. The Padawan is responsible for encouraging his or her NSBE chapter to establish a JEDI Enclave and shall provide leadership direction and technical guidance to the Enclave. All JEDI Padawans are on a listserv for space-related information. The number of Padawans is limited by the number of available JEDI Mentors.
A Mentor is a NSBE Space SIG member (industry professional or graduate student) with a technical background serving on a Space SIG engineering project. Each Mentor is assigned to one Padawan. The Mentor will assign and evaluate project-related technical activity and will provide advice leading towards space-related careers. Each Mentor will also help his or her Space SIG engineering project team to provide project technical data to the JEDI Council for the formation of outreach products (competition, presentation, video, etc.) based on the team's technical project. The Mentor may also conduct project-related outreach in the local area and at select NSBE conferences.
A Councilor is a NSBE Space SIG member, typically with an education or youth outreach background, serving as a member of the JEDI Council. The JEDI Council coordinates overall JEDI activity and provides mentoring training for JEDI Mentors. The Council oversees all JEDI listservs. The Council creates, distributes, and evaluates JEDI-related applications. The Council ensures proper alignment and activity between Mentors, Padawans, Enclaves, Initiate Clusters, Trainee Circles, and Younglings. The Council develops and maintains metrics to assess the overall effectiveness of JEDI, including tracking data on all JEDI participants. The Council also develops and oversees any JEDI-specific competitions. The Council coordinates JEDI presentations at SEEK or other NSBE conferences. Finally, the JEDI Council coordinates the distribution of outreach material to target outlets (e.g. SEEK, YouTube, NSBE PCI leadership, JEDI listservs, etc.) and ensures appropriate JEDI media coverage.