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VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter

Volume VI, Issue 4
Editor Talia Jurgens
June 28, 2006

2007 Space Exploration Educators Conference - call for presenters

This conference is for Grades K-12 and not just for science teachers! Space Center Houston strives to use space to teach across the curriculum. The activities presented can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history, and more. Space Center Houston is proud to continue offering the educational opportunity of a lifetime! Three days of complete submersion into the out-of-this world adventure of space exploration! Attend sessions hosted by the actual scientists working on these exciting endeavors including the International Space Station, Mars exploration, and the planets beyond. Come learn about the bold vision to send humans back to the Moon and off to Mars! Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready to implement classroom ideas and experience minds-on, hands-on fun! Not to mention the wonderful networking with fellow educators and the multitude of cross curriculum ideas and activities you will take back to the classroom.

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.

Know a Great Teacher?

The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics is looking to honor up to seven extraordinary teachers who inspire their students in math and science. Nominations for the AIAA Foundation Educator Achievement Award are open to classroom teachers of grades K-12 who are or will become AIAA Educator Associate members.

Nominations can be done on-line and are due September 30. The award will be presented April 2007 in Washington, D.C. at the Aerospace Spotlight Gala. To nominate a teacher, go to above web site.

Free Planetarium for your Computer

Stellarium is a free open source planetarium for your computer. It shows a realistic sky in 3D, just like what you see with the naked eye, binoculars or a telescope. It is being used in planetarium projectors. Just set your coordinates and go.

NSTA Free Resources

Science teachers tell us in surveys, at conferences, and in focus groups that they need resources. Free resources. For the last four years, the editors of Science Class have produced the Free for All issue to share with our readers the amazing array of free materials and resources available to them. We send you this issue in the summer, so you can point and click to access the following resources and start planning for next year. It will be here before you know it. As this school year draws to a close, we congratulate you on a job well done. Enjoy your summer! NSTA offers many resources and services at no charge; some are available only to NSTA members, but many are available to all. To read about what NSTA has to offer, visit

Watch a meteoroid hitting the Moon

June 13, 2006: There's a new crater on the Moon. It's about 14 meters wide, 3 meters deep and precisely one month, eleven days old. NASA astronomers watched it form: "On May 2, 2006, a meteoroid hit the Moon's Sea of Clouds (Mare Nubium) with 17 billion joules of kinetic energy–that's about the same as 4 tons of TNT," says Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville, AL. "The impact created a bright fireball which we video-recorded using a 10-inch telescope." Lunar impacts have been seen before--"stuff hits the Moon all the time," notes Cooke--but this is the best-ever recording of an explosion in progress:

UT Austin Graduate To Make Her First Trip Into Space

Mission Specialist Stephanie Wilson will make her first trip to space on July 1 with the crew of STS-121. Wilson graduated from UT Austin with a master‚s degree in engineering in 1992 and was a recipient of the Outstanding Young Texas Ex award in 2005. The crew of space shuttle Discovery will continue to test new equipment and procedures that increase the safety of space shuttles during this mission to the International Space Station. The crew also will perform maintenance on the station and deliver more supplies and cargo for future expansion.