Volume 7, Issue 3
Editor Talia Jurgens
March 27, 2007
Sun-Earth Day Webcast - February 22
Capture the imagination of your students as NASA prepares for the historic first spaceflight of an Educator Astronaut, Barbara Morgan. Spark the curiosity, creativity and imagination of your students with the NASA Space Pennant Design Challenge. Participating students will create a design, conduct research and write an essay about the designs connection to exploration. Six finalists will be announced and one overall winner will be selected through online voting at KOL, AOLs service for kids. The winning design will be flown aboard Space Shuttle Endeavour during the STS-118 mission.
The contest begins on March 15, 2007, and entries are due by April 10, 2007. Online voting will take place May 3-17, 2007. For more information, visit:
NASA Quest HiRISE Image Targeting Challenge
Help NASA on the quest for signs of water on the Red Planet.
The High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment camera, now orbiting Mars, is helping NASA search for signs of water on Mars. Students are invited to help choose regions of Mars for HiRISE to image. The HiRISE team will pick several suggestions and image them with the camera in the coming months. The winning team will represent the first people on Earth to see the resulting image and will have the chance to search for signs of water in the image.
Challenge entries are due April 7, 2007.
STS-118 (Teacher in Space) shuttle mission, Sally Ride Science hosting educator Workshop
In support of the upcoming STS-118 (Teacher in Space) shuttle mission, Sally Ride Science is going to host three one-day Educator Institutes this spring as follows:
April 21, 2007 - NASA Johnson Space Center (JSC), Houston, TX
May 5, 2007 - Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL), Pasadena, CA
May 19, 2007 - TBD
Registration for the STS-118 Educator Institutes is available at the above referenced website.
Thacher Scholars Award
Thacher Scholars Award: Deadline Approaching
- Earth Science Contest for Grades 9-12
- Cash Awards: $2,000, $1,000 and $500
- Entries Postmarked by April 2, 2007
The countdown has begun! Entries for the 2007 Thacher Scholars Award must be postmarked by April 2, 2007. The award will be given by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) to secondary school students designing and conducting the best projects using satellite remote sensing of the Earth. U.S. students in grades 9-12, including U.S. citizens attending schools in foreign countries, are eligible to receive cash awards in the amount of $2,000 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place. For each winning student, a teacher or designated adult coach will receive a $200 gift card to Amazon.com.
Entries will be judged by IGES staff based on their scientific and technical accuracy; creativity and originality; quality of presentation; thoroughness of research, methods and procedures; and demonstration of knowledge gained. Winners will be announced by May 2, 2007.
NASA Education Podcast Series
NASA has a new education podcast series for high school and college students interested in participating in NASA learning opportunities.
NASA Student Opportunities is a weekly audio podcast that features interviews with students who have received NASA internships, fellowships or scholarships. Students share their experiences and offer suggestions for students who are interested in pursuing NASA learning opportunities.
The podcasts also provide information about upcoming learning opportunities and application deadlines. For more information, and to learn how to subscribe to this free podcast and have it automatically delivered to your computer, visit above website.