Volume VI, Issue 3
Editor Talia Jurgens
May 18, 2006
NASA WANTS YOUR INNOVATIVE IDEAS
NASA is seeking proposals for creating and managing innovative activities, events, products, services and other education methods for increasing America's science and technological literacy. One objective of this request for entrepreneurial offers is to distribute information nationally about the agency's programs and projects. NASA's intent is to enter into partnerships that will result in the establishment of one or more non-reimbursable Space Act Agreements with organizations.
In exchange for a collaborator's investment to creatively distribute NASA information, the agency will consider negotiating brand placement, limited exclusivity and other opportunities as part of a strategic collaboration.
NASA continues to strengthen the nation's education programs and support the country's educators, who inspire, prepare and encourage young minds. The agency plans to establish long-term relationships with stakeholders to increase the nation's science and technology literacy.
Earth Science Festival
The Austin ESW consortium is organizing an Earth Science Festival that will be held at Zilker Park in front of Splash! on Saturday, June 17 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. The festival will be another venue to promote the earth sciences to families and the general public. We have secured the TAME trailer that has all sorts of cool engineering and science experiments and activities. The TAME trailer was at the career fair last year and the students had a great time. We are looking for people who would be willing to give up part of their Saturday to volunteer for this event as an exhibitor or an assistant. Assistants would help with the TAME trailer exhibit, other exhibits where the exhibitor may need some assistance, and crowd control if we're that lucky.
If you are interested, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Refreshments and lunch will be provided for all who volunteer.
NASA INTERNET SOFTWARE SHOWS PLANETS IN 3-D COLOR
NASA recently updated its World Wind computer program that enables Internet users to explore not only the Earth and the moon, but now permits Web surfers virtually to fly through huge Mars canyons and visit Venus and Jupiter in 3-D color. The new version also allows users to see some of Jupiter's moons, and to cruise into the depths of Earth's oceans. The newly revised, free program is available on the Web at the above link
AMNH SCIENCE SURVEY (K-12+)
The American Museum of Natural History is looking for educator input to fine tune its Science Bulletin. As a token of appreciation taking their online survey, the museum is sending participants free packages of grade-appropriate educational materials.
The Science Bulletin features stories and interactive data visualizations, and weekly Snapshot images bring you recent discoveries and new technologies in astrophysics, Earth science, and biodiversity. To participate in the survey, go to the bottom of the page at the above website.
The e-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS) program is seeking middle and high school teachers with five or more years of experience to become online mentors.
Mentors will be matched with a beginning science teacher in working in the same content area. The mentors conduct weekly online activities, participate in online mentor professional development, and access a vast array of science resources. Mentors will receive a $1,400 stipend for their participation from August 2006 to June 2007.
The application deadline has been extended to May 26. For complete information, go to above website.
Animation of Planet Earth's Day and Night
Length of Planet Earth's Day and Night, (suggested by Brian Hugick, Somers HS, NY), this Flash animation shows the seasonal variation in the circle of illumination viewing the north pole. An inset shows the earth's revolution around the sun. This is an excellent way to explain for changes in daylength with season.