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VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter

Volume VII, Issue 6
Editor Talia Jurgens
September 6, 2007

Team America Rocketry Challenge 2008 Registration Opens Soon

Registration for the Team America Rocketry Challenge 2008, a national model rocket competition for U.S. students in grades 7 through 12, opens on *Sept. 5, 2007*. Thousands of students compete each year in the Team America Rocketry Challenge, the world’s largest model rocket contest. Cash prizes are awarded to the top finishers.

Teams of three to 15 students design, build and fly a model rocket to carry two raw eggs for a precise flight duration of 45 seconds and to an exact altitude of 750 feet. The team whose rocket comes the closest to both, and brings the eggs back unbroken, wins.

To be eligible for the national fly-off, teams must fly a qualifying flight observed by an adult member of the National Association of Rocketry. The top-scoring 100 teams in the country will be invited to participate in the final fly-off to be held in May 2008.

Registration closes on Nov. 30, 2007, or when 750 teams have registered -- whichever comes first. For more information, visit above website.

IGES 12TH Annual Art Contest (Grades 2-4)

What do you see when you picture the ocean? Waves crashing onto a sandy beach? Dolphins leaping out of the water? What about what's under the waves? The 12th annual children's art contest, sponsored by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), asks students to explore the ocean from top to bottom then draw a picture showing what they learned.

The winning artist will receive a $250 savings bond and the top 12 entries will be printed in a 2008 calendar. The entry deadline is Oct. 26. For complete list of prizes, rules and entry information, visit

Become an Explorer School - Applications now open

Applications are now being taken to become a NASA Explorer School for the 2008-09 school year. Selected schools or school districts enter into a unique three-year partnership with NASA to bring exciting opportunities to educators, students, and their families.

The NASA Explorer Schools program will be accepting applications through an online application. Applications are due Jan. 31, 2008.. For more details, click on the link above.

Space Center Houston Presents Star Wars Themed Teacher Camp-In

Space Center Houston is proud to offer a hands-on, minds-on professional development experience. Excite your students' imagination while connecting concepts of the real world with the science of Star Wars. Teacher Camp-in is being held Friday, October 26, 2007. For registration Information, visit the website above.

NASA Competition Invites Students to Imagine The Future of Aviation

NASA announced its aeronautics competition for high school and college students during the 2007-2008 academic year.

Students are asked to imagine and write an essay or design a next generation aircraft that could join the commercial fleet in 2058.

High school students should prepare a well-informed essay describing how transportation of goods and passengers might be revolutionized in the 21st century as it was in the 1930s and 1940s by the introduction of the DC-3. Essays are limited to 12 pages and should address environmental impacts, including reduced noise and emissions, improved operating costs, the use of alternative fuels, passenger and cargo loads, and use of existing general aviation runways.

College students are challenged to design the next generation aircraft. Design considerations should include environmental impact, daily operations on short runways, passenger and cargo limits, structure and materials, propulsion, and cost analyses for production and operation. Proposals should provide details on three or more valid operational scenarios. University-level research papers are limited to 25 pages.

NASA uses this competition to foster the next generation of skilled scientists and engineers critical to the future of NASA aeronautics and the broader aeronautics community. For contest information and submission, visit above website.