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VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter

Volume VI, Issue 1
Editor Talia Jurgens
Date February 1, 2006

Liftoff 2006 - Return to the Moon
http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/liftoff/

Before the end of the next decade, NASA astronauts will again explore the surface of the moon. And this time, we're going to stay, building outposts and paving the way for eventual journeys to Mars and beyond. There are echoes of the images from the past, but it won't be your grandfather's moon shot. How do the Earth and Moon compare? How did the Moon form? What causes the phases of the Moon? The moon has loomed large in the human imagination ... for many moons. Join us as we begin a close examination of Earth's natural satellite during LiftOff 2006: Return to the Moon! LiftOff 2006 features:

  • Presentations by NASA scientists and engineers
  • Tours of NASA and Space Center Houston
  • Hands-on, inquiry based classroom activities
  • Free curricula and space science materials aligned to educational standards
  • Teacher Feature (sharing of ideas and activities)
  • Opportunity to interact with researchers dedicated to space missions

Application Deadline is April 14, 2006. Visit the above web site for more information.


NASA 2006 Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP)
http://education.nasa.gov/usrp

The NASA 2006 Undergraduate Student Research Program (USRP) is now accepting applications. Applications are due on February 20. You may submit an application at the above web site.

Though the USRP NASA is seeking undergraduate students from diverse communities who are interested in a challenging research experience at a NASA center. Ten-week Summer sessions and 15-week Fall sessions are be available. Aligned with NASA's research and development mission, the USRP program provides students with a technical mentor and excellent hands-on experience. Students will receive weekly stipends of $500, plus a travel allowance. The USRP program seeks to extend and strengthen NASA's commitment to educational excellence and university research.


BP America to Make Grants To Area Teachers
http://www.aplusforenergy.com/

BP America's A+ for Energy program is offering $1,000,000 in grants and scholarships to teachers of pre-K to grade 12 children in public and private schools in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend, Galveston, and Harris counties. The grants will fund winning proposals for classroom, after-school, extracurricular, or summer activities aimed at energy education or energy conservation. Each winning teacher will also be given a scholarship to attend a three-day energy training workshop this summer. Grants will be for either $5,000 or $10,000 and are available to instructors in all subjects, not just to science teachers. Grant recipients will also receive expense-paid trips to a three-day energy training conference hosted by the National Energy Education Development Project. Applications are available on-line at the above web site or by calling (409) 943-2693. The deadline for entries is Mar 24; winners will be announced May 10.


Teachers Domain Website - A Great Resource
http://www.teachersdomain.org

TEACHERS DOMAIN, WGBH Educational Foundation, (suggested by Holly Devaul, DLESE), WGBH has just released the new Earth and Space Science collection, with over 200 media-rich resources and 20 lesson plans for K-12 classrooms.


For Kids Only NASA Website
http://kids.earth.nasa.gov/

FOR KIDS ONLY, NASA, (suggested by Cheryl Dodes, Weber Middle School, Port Washington, NY), The site introduces elementary and middle school students to remote sensing techniques that study land, air, water and natural hazards.


Free Student Workbooks available
http://www.qworkbooks.com/texas.html

Queue, Inc. offers previews of its TAKS test preparation workbooks to public schools. Queue publishes test prep books in Mathematics, Reading Comprehension, and Composition for Grades 3-high school, as well as Practice Tests in Math and, eventually, Reading and Writing. Queue also offers Math and Reading workbooks for grades 1 and 2, and publishes a wide variety of other workbooks in Literature, Science, History, Government, Health, and ESL. Samples of student workbooks are available for preview. For further information and to order free previews, click the web site above.


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