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VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter

Volume VII, Issue 7
Editor Talia Jurgens
September 24, 2007

NASA Means Business Student Competition 2008
http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/nmb/

The NASA Means Business Student Competition program invites undergraduate and graduate students to employ their skills to help NASA articulate the contributions of space exploration to everyday life.

This year's challenge is: Help NASA to increase the number of corporate researchers, university researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors who utilize the Nation's investment in spaceflight to grow their investments in knowledge and commerce.

Specifically, participating teams will compete by designing and preparing a NASA Spaceflight Promotion Plan and illustrative flagship promotion projects including a fully implemented Internet Solution with a 20-second promotional video and other concept design/media elements.

We are particularly interested in teams with a wide range of capability, including the traditional engineering and natural sciences students as well as advertising, marketing, communication, radio-television-film, journalism and other similar professions. And, we strongly encourage teams from underrepresented institutions, and teams that include students from underrepresented institutions, to submit proposals!

Finalist teams will receive cash awards and behind-the-scenes tours of both the Johnson Space Center in Texas and the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Members of the Grand Prize team will also be flown to Washington, D.C., to present their work to NASA Headquarters officials.


**Great Worldwide Star Count
http://www.starcount.org

Kids and adults are invited to count the stars in the evening sky from *Oct. 1-15, 2007*, and report their results online. The event, sponsored by Windows to the Universe, is designed to raise awareness about light pollution and encourage learning in astronomy. All the information needed to participate will be available on the Web. At the conclusion of the event, the submitted data will be analyzed and a map will be generated highlighting the results.


NASA Quest Announces the HiRISE Image Targeting Challenge
http://quest.nasa.gov/challenges/hirise/

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 participants 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.

Background information, teacher guides, student activity books and tutorials are available online to help students choose a region. Interested teachers and students are encouraged to register online to receive more information about how to participate.


Sally Ride Science announces Sixth annual Toy Challenge
http://www.toychallenge.com/

Sally Ride Science announces Sixth annual Toy Challenge. Toy Challenge is a national toy design competition for 5th-8th graders. A chance for teams of kids to create a new toy or game. Form a team, sign up, build your own toy or game, and join the challenge! DonŐt miss out. More information available at the above web site.


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