Volume VI, Issue 5
Editor Talia Jurgens
July 20, 2006
Team America Rocketry Challenge
The Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is the world's largest model rocket contest, which began in 2003 as a one-time celebration of the centennial of flight. The contest is sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry, with co-sponsorship by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the Defense Department, American Association of Physics Teachers, and 39 AIA member companies. Students must design, build, and fly a model rocket carrying a raw egg and return it safely to the ground, while keeping it aloft for a predetermined amount of time. The goal is to encourage students to study advanced math and sciences and to consider studying aerospace fields in college. TARC is open to teams of students in grades 7-12 from any US school or non-profit youth organization (ex: Boy Scouts, 4-H, Civil Air Patrol). 2007 Contest Rules are set for release in late summer, and applications will be available September 6, 2006. Please visit us on the web at the above website and sign up to get updates and the latest details on this exciting, educational event.
Four Easy Ways to Obtain NASA Educational Materials
The Educational Materials section of NASA's Web site lists classroom activities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that are available for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade level and subject. A new flier is now available in the Brochures section of the Educational Materials area.
The "Four Easy Ways to Obtain NASA Educational Materials" flier describes four convenient ways that educators can access curriculum support materials from NASA. The two-page flier lists types of educational materials that are available electronically from the NASA Web site and from alternate sources. Download "The Four Easy Ways to Obtain NASA Educational Materials" from the above location.
Science in Native American Stories (K-8)
"SkyTellers: The Myths, the Magic, and the Mysteries of the Universe" explores astronomy and space science concepts through Native American legends. Designed for use in classrooms, youth groups and home school settings, it presents 10 traditional Native American stories complemented by explanations of the phenomena presented as currently understood by scientists.
The SkyTellers package includes a DVD and resource guide with activities, games, suggested books, videos and other materials. Topics include the seasons, day and night, moon phases, galaxies and more. For additional information, go to above web site.
3D Environmental Science Testers Needed
Beta-schools are sought to test Project 3D-VIEW [Virtual Interactive Environmental Worlds] -- a new NASA-funded, curriculum program that engages students with simple-to-use, immersive 3D technologies teaching standards-based concepts and practice inquiry in lithosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and, then, Earth systems.
Being a beta-school includes online professional development, comprehensive curriculum-materials, formal literacy and mathematics components, assessments and rubrics. For more information, visit above website.