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VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter

Volume VII, Issue 8
Editor Talia Jurgens
October 18, 2007

High School Aerospace Scholars - Applications now Open

High School Aerospace Scholars is now accepting applications online for 2007-2008. Texas high school juniors are eligible to apply. Students complete Web-based lessons and travel to JSC for a six-day residential summer experience. At JSC, students are divided into teams and work under the guidance of a NASA mentor, co-op student and teacher. HAS is a great opportunity for juniors to discover the opportunities available to them, especially if they have an aptitude in math or science. The State of Texas, along with community organizations, partner with JSC to support HAS. There is no cost for participation and all expenses are included. Students may also receive a high school science elective credit towards graduation upon successful completion of the program. The deadline is November 2.

Journey through the Universe Program

Journey programming is for grade K-12 students, their teachers, and their families. Programming can focus on a specific grade level(s), or be implemented K-12; and can be implemented across an entire school district, within one region of a district, or in rural areas across several school districts.

We invite you to take your entire community - thousands of students, their teachers, their families, and the public - on a Journey through the Universe.

Journey through the Universe is a national science education initiative that engages entire communities using education programs in the Earth and space sciences and space exploration to inspire and educate. The initiative embraces the notion that - it takes a community to educate a child - which is the basis for the program1s Learning Community Model of program delivery.

The focus on science, math, and technology has inspired our students. Many...are now considering classes and possible careers in these fields. This program has helped open up the minds of our children to options that were not readily available to them in the past.

Workshop on Atmospheric Science and Climate Literacy

Scientists, Educators, and Policy Specialists Invited to Attend Workshop on Atmospheric Science and Climate Literacy, November 27 29, Boulder, CO

Applications due by October 26!

A limited number of spaces (with travel support) are available for scientists, educators, and policy specialists to attend the Atmospheric Science and Climate Literacy Workshop on November 27 29 at UCAR in Boulder, Colorado.

The objective of the workshop, which is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), is to develop a consensus framework for enhancing our nation's atmospheric science and climate literacy. The participants (about 60 people), will include a diverse group of teachers, scientists, informal educators, and policy specialists. The agenda will build on the efforts of numerous organizations and subgroups that have sought to define standards and benchmarks for science education in general and, more specifically, to identify key concepts and linkages among weather, climate, and ocean literacy. The draft consensus framework will be revised based upon further review and feedback from participants in meetings of the nation's leading geoscience and science education societies. The final draft document will be submitted to the NSF by July 31, 2008, with the intent that it will be used by decision makers to more effectively shape the nation's priorities and strategies for science education.

IGES 12th Annual Art Contest for Children in Grades 2-4

What do you see when you picture the ocean? Waves crashing onto a sandy beach? Dolphins leaping out of and into the water? A sailboat or large ship floating in the distance?

These are probably the kinds of images that come to mind. Yet, there's more to the ocean than what's going on at the surface. There's a whole world of water, plants and animals below.

An art contest for grades 2-4 challenges students to explore the ocean by reading stories and books, searching Web sites and watching movies, and then draw a picture showing what they learned.

This is the 12th annual art contest held by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in Arlington, Va. The contest supports national science education standards for grades K-4.

The winning artist will receive a $250 savings bond, and his or her artwork will be printed as the 2007 IGES holiday card. Second- and third-place winners receive a $100 and $50 savings bond, respectively. Artwork will be judged by a panel including artists, scientists and IGES staff members. Everyone who sends in an entry will receive a certificate of participation.

Entries are due Oct. 26, 2007.

New for this year's contest: Lockheed Martin Corporation is generously funding the development and printing of a 2008 calendar featuring the top 12 entries in the 2007 IGES art contest. The students whose artwork is featured in this calendar will each receive copies of the calendar; their teachers will also receive calendars.

NASA 50th Anniversary Essay Contest for Students

The NASA 50th Anniversary Essay Competition for middle and junior high school students is now accepting entries. The competition consists of two separate topics, each with a limit of 500 words. The first topic challenges students to describe how they benefit in their everyday lives from space technologies built by NASA over the last 50 years. The second topic requires students to imagine how their everyday lives will have changed because of NASA space technology in the next 50 years. Students may submit two separate essays, each responding to a separate topic. Participants must be U.S. students in grades 5-9 and under the age of 15. An optional notice of intent is due on Dec. 7, 2007. Final entries are due on or before Jan. 7, 2008.

Plants in Space Webcast
John Gruener from the Johnson Space Center and Dr. Gary W. Stutte and Dr. Raymond M. Wheeler from Kennedy Spaceflight Center
October 23 and 30, 2007

When will humans return to the moon? How will they get there? How will the astronauts live and work in reduced gravity? How does someone grow plants on the moon? Classroom students from across the country will have the chance to ask these questions and more during a series of live Web chats with experts from NASA's Constellation Program and Biological Sciences Offices.

The Challenger Center for Space Science Education in Alexandria, Va., and NASA Education are partnering to host two one-hour webcasts with Dr. Gary W. Stutte and Dr. Raymond M. Wheeler from Kennedy Spaceflight Center and John Gruener from the Johnson Space Center on October 23 and 30, 2007, at 2:00 p.m.ET. The webcasts are free and open to the public.

Classroom teachers may register at the Challenger Center Web site to chat with NASA's plant growth experts on how astronauts will use plants to provide food, oxygen, clean water and recycle waste during long-duration space missions on the moon. The conversations are in support of NASA's Lunar Plant Growth Chamber design challenge for grades K-12.

In the NASA design challenge, elementary, middle and high school students research, design, build and evaluate lunar plant growth chambers using space-flown basil seeds. Students participate in the engineering design process, learn how to conduct a scientific experiment and can receive national recognition for their efforts on the Challenger Center Web site. To register for the webcasts visit above website.