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VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter

Volume IV, Issue 16
Editor Talia Jurgens
Date 10-8-04

Bert Rutan visit to Austin

You have the opportunity to hear Bert Rutan speak for free. On October 29 Burt Rutan will speak at 10:00 am in the LBJ auditorium. Bert Rutan is president of Scaled Composites and won the 10 Million dollar Ansari X-prize. For more information visit the above website.

NASA to provide Scholarships and Jobs to Students

NASA is initiating a new university scholarship program designed to inspire and motivate students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The Science and Technology Scholarship Program (STSP) is a competitive scholarship program intended to guide students toward those careers. U.S. citizens and permanent residents are eligible. Following graduation, students successfully completing the program will be appointed to full-time positions with NASA. The program will be open to diverse geographic and demographic individuals enrolled in accredited university, college or community college degree programs specializing in STEM fields. The STSP was specifically created to attract the best and brightest students in STEM areas of study. In exchange for scholarships and research stipend support, STSP students must agree to fulfill a service obligation following graduation.

Recognize Excellence in Teaching (7-12)

The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program, established in 1983 by The White House and sponsored by the National Science Foundation, recognizes outstanding K-12 mathematics and science teachers in each state and the four U.S. jurisdictions. The competition alternates each year between teachers of lower and upper grades. This year, the competition is open to teachers of grades 7-12. These teachers will serve as models for their colleagues and will be leaders in the improvement of science and mathematics education. Each Presidential Awardee will receive a $10,000 award and be invited to attend, along with a guest, recognition events in Washington, D.C., during the week of April 11-16, 2005. Candidates, who must have at least five years experience, can be nominated by anyone who knows an excellent teacher--school principals, other teachers, students, parents, and members of the general public. For more information, go to the above website.

Science Fest

Sunday, October 16, 2004 Join Science Fest, free for everyone at the Science Fest location at 7801 N. Lamar in Austin, Texas. Exhibits from Bureau of Economic Geology, Austin Reptile service, Austin Fire Department, CSI unit from the Austin Police Department and Discovery Channel Store. Fun for all ages and all profits benefit elementary school children.

Austin Cave Festival, 2004

Each year, The Barton Springs/ Edwards Aquifer Conservation District and the Texas Cave Management Association hold an event at the Village of Western Oaks Karst Preserve to educate visitors about the importance and sensitivity of the aquifer and its recharge features. The day's events feature informational booths from local organizations, activities for children, live bats, and short adventures into the Preserve's Live Oak Cave. This year's Cave Festival is October 30, 2004 from 9am to 4pm and admission is FREE. The Karst Preserve is located at La Cresada and Davis Lane just west of Mopac.

Team America Rocket Compitition (7-12)

The Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) are proudly sponsoring the 2005 Team America Rocketry Challenge, the world's largest model rocket contest. This year's Challenge is to design, build, and fly a model rocket carrying a raw egg and return it safely to the ground while staying aloft for exactly sixty seconds.

Team members must be students who are currently enrolled in grades 7 through 12 at a U.S. school. The application for a team must come from a single school or a single U.S. incorporated non-profit youth organization (excluding the National Association of Rocketry, Tripoli Rocketry Association, or any other rocket club or organization). The deadline for registration is November 30. For more information and an application, visit the above website.

"The Water Cycle" on USGS website

The U.S. Geological Survey would like to announce a new Web site that may be of interest to you. We have just finished the most comprehensive Web site about "The Water Cycle" anywhere. It features a wonderful diagram of the water cycle and an in-depth discussion of each of the 15 topics on the diagram. And, the diagram is available in 36 languages.

Contact Us

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 space_edu@tsgc.utexas.edu.

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