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VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter

Volume , Issue 1
Editor Talia Jurgens
Date 1-7-05

NSIP deadline has been extended until February 15!

NSIP is a national program of six investigations and design challenges for grades K-12 that link students directly with NASA's exciting missions of exploration and discovery. Bring NASA into your classroom to support inquiry-based units on space, history, math, language arts, engineering, geography, and the sciences. Students design space missions, investigate Earth from space, explore Earth systems in their neighborhood, and learn about the latest developments in aerospace technology.

Each student receives recognition from NASA for participation and has the opportunity to win cool prizes including a trip to the U.S. Space Camp or Student Flight Week at NASA's Wallops Flight Facility. Regional and National winners will be selected! NSIP challenges and teacher resource guides support national science education standards.

Liftoff 2005 "NASA Spinoffs, Bringing Space Down to Earth"

Some of the most frequently asked questions about the U.S. space program are "Why go into space when we have so many problems here on Earth?" and "What does the space program do for me?" These legitimate questions will be answered when educators become aware of the vast benefits of the space program that increase the quality of our daily lives. The applications on Earth technology needed for space flight have produced thousands of "spinoffs" that contribute to improving national security, the economy, productivity and lifestyle. We would be hard pressed to find an area of everyday life that has not been improved by spinoffs from the space program. So, the next time someone asks "Why do we go in space" and "What does the space program do for me?" You will be able to explain it because of LiftOff 2005: NASA Spinoffs, Bringing Space down to Earth! Application is now on-line.

Rocket Science Workshop at Space Center Houston, April 26, 2005

Rocket Science Tuesday, April 26, from 5 - 8, $25 (includes dinner and materials) Learn the fundamentals behind launching rockets into space. Do hands-on experiments that your students can do to demonstrate Newton's Laws. Construct your own rocket and launch it in our special teachers-only launch. Check out the mother of all rockets, Super Big Bertha! Also receive 3 hours of CPE credit.

DIME - High School NASA Competition

DIME is a NASA competition program which allows teams to design and build a science experiment which will then be operated in a NASA microgravity drop tower facility. This program is a project-oriented activity which lasts one school year for the selected teams. Teams will be comprised of high-school-aged students from (for example) a science class, a group of classes, a science club, or a scout troop. A team must have an adult advisor, such as a teacher or parent. Early in the school year, teams interested in competing will develop an experiment concept, prepare a proposal for an experiment, and submit the proposal to NASA. A NASA panel will evaluate all of the submitted proposals and select the four top-ranked proposals. These four teams will then continue their experiment development and fabrication leading to operation in the NASA drop tower in April. NASA will provide an expense-paid trip for five representatives of each selected team to attend DIME Drop Days in April at NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland, Ohio. During DIME Drop Days, the team representatives will conduct their experiment in the NASA 2.2 Second Drop Tower, analyze their data, tour NASA facilities, and participate in workshops. The DIME program is open for high-school-aged student teams located in all fifty states of the U.S., Washington D.C., and Puerto Rico.

NASA Explorer Schools '05 program Due Jan 31!

Applications are due Jan.31 from educators and administrators interested in becoming a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Explorer School. Once accepted into this exciting program, your school or school district will enter into a unique three-year partnership with NASA to bring exciting opportunities to educators, students, and families.

NASA Explorer School educator and administrator teams, working along with NASA personnel and other educational partners, will develop and implement team action plans for staff and students. The action plan will promote and support the use of NASA content and programs that address the teams' local needs in mathematics, science, and technology through authentic experiences. NASA Explorer Schools receive grants up to $17,500 over the three-year partnership.

The NASA Explorer Schools (NES) program is sponsored and implemented by NASA through a cooperative agreement with NSTA. Deadline to apply for this exciting NASA/NSTA opportunity is January 31, 2005. For additional information and/or questions about the program, and to apply, visit the above web site.

ASU National Remote Sensing Teacher Institute

February 24-25, 2005 Arizona State University will be hosting a workshop that allows interested classroom teachers to learn the basics of how we study planetary surfaces from space and how scientists participate in the process of science. Learn from the experts that are making the discoveries and find out how to apply. Class size is limited. Visit the above web site for details.

STARS Summer Research Program for Secondary Science Teachers

This eight-week program is designed to give teachers and students an opportunity to work side-by-side with a faculty host in a research laboratory. Participants are paid a stipend and are required to present the results of their research at the end of the summer. Applications are available at the beginning of January and must be submitted by early February at 4pm. Summer Research Program for Teachers: Through participation in the Summer Research Program, teachers not only learn new techniques, but also rekindle their interest in science, which positively impacts their students. In addition, teachers use their newfound knowledge and skills to develop classroom activities that relate to their areas of research. This program is open to any teacher in the state of Texas.

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