Volume VIII, Issue 6
Editor Talia Jurgens
May 8, 2008
Send Your Name to the Moon
At this time, NASA is not sending people there, just two spacecraft called Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO) and Lunar Crater Observation and Sensing Satellite (LCROSS), scheduled to be launched together next fall. But you can send a little part of yourself there... Your Name.
The Send Your Name to the Moon Web site enables everyone to participate in the lunar adventure and place their names in orbit around the moon for years to come. Participants can submit their information at the above website, print a certificate and have their name entered into a database. The database will be placed on a microchip that will be integrated onto the spacecraft. The deadline for submitting names is June 27, 2008.
NASA Rolls out new artifact Loan Program with Space Shuttle Tires
With the help of the space shuttle program, NASA kicks off a new artifact loan program for museums, planetariums, and other organizations. NASA's new Artifact Loan Opportunities Program will help organizations borrow NASA artifacts for education and outreach purposes.
The first artifacts available are main landing gear tires from space shuttles. The space shuttle tires, including some flown on missions, are available to proposing organizations that NASA determines best meet the agency's education and public outreach goals.
This new program gives organizations that are not traditionally associated with the agency the chance to have access to NASA artifacts. The shuttle tires and future available artifacts represent NASA's many decades of exploration and discovery.
Organizations interested in proposing uses for loaned shuttle tires should be external to NASA. Organizations may include, but are not limited to, museums, schools, and civic groups. The long-term loan of these tires may be used to educate, inspire or inform the public about NASA's scientific and technological achievements through art, sculpture, furniture, building structures, exhibits or other innovative uses of the artifacts.
The deadline for proposals on this initial opportunity is June 11, 2008.
Math and Science Teacher Workshop Grades K-12
This summer workshop is sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration and will be held on the campus of Tarrant County College, Northwest Campus. This free workshop provides opportunities to learn math and science strategies from prominent teachers and district officials who will share research-based practices they have successfully applied in their schools and classrooms. Teachers may be able to earn professional development credit through their district or state for participating. See above website for info and agenda.This summer workshop is sponsored by the Federal Aviation Administration and will be held on the campus of Tarrant County College, Northwest Campus. This free workshop provides opportunities to learn math and science strategies from prominent teachers and district officials who will share research-based practices they have successfully applied in their schools and classrooms. Teachers may be able to earn professional development credit through their district or state for participating. See above website for info and agenda.
NASA and the Girl Scouts - Launch into Technology With NASA
Join NASA and the Girl Scouts for an exciting summer residential program June 22-28, 2008, at NASA's Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, Calif.
Registration is open to girls entering grades 9-12. Participants choose to attend the Aeronautics Institute, Robotics Institute or Astrobiology Institute. They then explore their chosen topic with other high school girls and get a taste of how things are done the NASA way. Applications are due May 23, 2008. Space is limited. Early registration is encouraged.
Adults are needed to share the excitement of technology, engineering and science with girls. Volunteer and paid staff positions are available. Opportunities include advisor, health supervisor, chaperones and drivers. Training dates are June 19-21, 2008.
For more information about the week-long program, visit above website.
Earth Moon Institute for Teachers
Lunar and Planetary Institute is conducting a 35 hour institute, June 9-13th, for Houston-area teachers and pre-service teachers of grades 5-8. Hands-on activities will bridge content from the Moon's to the Earth's geology and environment. Participants will conduct authentic inquiry and develop tools to address student misconceptions. Application deadline is May 9.
NSTA New Science Teacher Academy
The 2008Ð2009 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy is a fellowship program created to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence and improve teacher content knowledge. NSTA Fellows selected for the program will receive a membership package, online mentoring, and the opportunity to participate in a variety of web-based professional development activities. Applications must be submitted no later than May 23, 2008.
Houston Museum of Natural Science Awards and Scholarships
The Museum will present two awards of $1,500 to two high school juniors for Outstanding Achievement by Harris County Juniors in Science or Mathematics, and the Excellence in Science or Mathematics Teaching Award of $1,500 will go to one K-5th grade science or math teacher, and one 6th-12th grade science or math teacher who demonstrates significant ability and dedication to teaching in either discipline in Harris County. The deadline for all nominations is May 26, 2008.