Volume IV, Issue 17
Editor Talia Jurgens
Texas CanSat Program
Midland College WRTTC and the Pecos County West Texas Aerospace Development Center is please to host the Texas CanSat Program to All Texas High Schools. This is a year long project for High School Science students So what is a CanSat? A CanSat is a satellite that is built to fit inside a soda can. CanSat are designed to perform a mission and collect data (Depending on design-This program may require some basic knowledge in electrical circuits, soldering, & computer programming.) Students: design, build, load payloads, witness launch, track and recover payloads but do not handle propellants, and give presentations. We will have our CanSat launches in the spring, in Fort Stockton Texas. This program is a duplicate of the Stanford University ARLISS Program, and a huge thanks to Mr. Bob Twiggy for his assistance! If interested please contact Aero-Science Coordinator Amber McNew at 432/336-7882 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
NASA to provide Scholarships and Jobs to Students
NASA's International Space Station (ISS) EarthKAM program (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students) program is designed to inspire student interest in science, math, technology and geography. Students have direct access to, and control of, a digital camera mounted on the Space Station. They identify places to photograph from space and then use the web-based interface to calculate exactly when the digital camera should take pictures.
The first ISS EarthKAM investigation period for the 2004-5 school year is October 26-29. Additional ISS EarthKAM image acquisition and investigation missions are scheduled in February and April 2005. Participation is free. To participate, visit
Become a NASA Explorer School
Applications are now available to become a NASA Explorer School. Each spring, a three-year partnership is established between the agency and 50 new NASA Explorer School teams.
NASA invites the selected teams to work with education specialists from agency centers to spark innovative science, mathematics and technology instruction aimed at students in grades four through nine. NES teams acquire new teaching resources and technology tools using NASA's unique content, experts and other resources. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2005. For an application, visit
Space Grant Mini-Grants for student and Teachers
Washington NASA Space Grant has extended its deadline to apply for mini-grants to support teachers and students participating in the 2004-5 NASA Student Involvement Program (NSIP). The new application deadline is Nov. 15, 2004.
Space Grant mini-grants will provide up to $200 to 12 teachers whose students plan to submit projects. The NSIP competitions for students in grades K-12 helps students learn firsthand the excitement of exploring science, mathematics, geography and technology. Categories include My Planet Earth, Science and Technology Journalism, and Designing a Lunar-based Mission to Mars. Depending upon the grade level, students may compete as a class, a team or as individuals.
Earth and Sky's young Producers Contest (K-12)
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.