VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume IV, Issue 7
Date: 4-14-04

Table of Contents

NASA Science and Technology Scholarship Program

Texas Space Grant needs your assistance in identifying High School seniors who desire to study Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics!!! NASA is expected to release a new scholarship program later this summer for undergraduate students, including incoming freshman, who are pursuing a career in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics discipline. Initial applications for this program my be taken during the summer of 2004.

TSGC is participating in an effort to build a database of students who are interested in receiving additional information about this scholarship opportunity once it is announced. We would like to have 100s or, even better, 1000s of High School Seniors (Class of 04) in the database. TSGC is requesting that you encourage High School graduating seniors at your school who are going to college to study Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics to submit their name to the database. Thanks for your assistance.

LiftOff 2004 Journey to the Red Planet - Application Deadline Friday April 16

If you have already applied for the LiftOff 2004 Summer Institute: Journey to the Red Planet, you should have received a confirmation email from Margaret Baguio. If you have NOT received this email, please notify us at so that we can insure your application is included for judging.

Mars has been a beacon for exploration. Mars Challenges the explorer in each of us. Apply now for Liftoff 2004 Journey to the Red Planet. July 16-20, 2004 Join NASA Scientists and Engineers, get involved with hands-on inquiry based classroom activities, receive curricula and space science materials, tour NASA and Space Center Houston and get the opportunity to interact with Researchers dedicated to the Mars space missions. Application is on-line. HURRY - The deadline to apply is April, 2004. Visit the above web site to apply.

Congratulations to Space Center Houston - 2004 Education Achievement Award!

The Space Foundation has selected Space Center Houston as the winner of the 2004 Education Achievement Award! "This award has been presented to Space Center Houston for its enduring commitment to inspiring students, teachers and the public through world-class museum programs and sound academic programs suing the excitement of human space exploration to spark improved learning in mathematics, engineering and the sciences. Through their programs, Space Center Houston has harnessed the power of space to inspire the next generation of scientists, engineers, astronauts and explorers." The Education Department here at Space Center Houston would like to thank you - the teachers - for inspiring and motivating us to provide quality professional development and programs for you and your students. We know that only working together can we inspire the next generation!

Celebrate Earth Day

In honor of Earth Day, April 22, Education World offers the lots of stories and activities for classroom teachers. Take a look at their web site.

Space Center Houston Summer Day Camps

Registration began April 1, 2004 so get your application in early for Summer Day Camps at Space Center Houston. See above web site for details.

Space Science Workshop for Special Needs Students

NASA Space Science Network Northwest is sponsoring a summer workshop for educators who work with special needs students. "Exceptional Space Science Materials for Exceptional Students" will take place from July 17-22 on the University of Washington Seattle campus. Presenters from the NASA Office of Space Science (OSS) Education Support Network will familiarize educators with the wide variety of NASA's standards-based space science materials adaptable for exceptional needs students. The workshop will also serve to familiarize developers of NASA OSS education materials with the diversity of exceptional classroom and audience needs.

Applications are due by April 30. Applicants will be notified of their status by May 10. Workshop participants pay a $75 fee which covers lodging (double rooms in a UW residence hall), food during the workshop, materials and instruction. For more information and an on-line application form, go to

Share Your Ideas

Do you have a science or math Web site you've found especially helpful to your students? Send us the URL address and the grade level it best serves. We'll pass it on. Ideas should be sent to

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