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VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter

Volume X, Special Issue 4
Editor Talia Jurgens
April 13, 2009

op Stars Contest

Through NASA funding, IGES has just kicked off a new project - Top Stars that I would appreciate you sharing with educators in your state. Top Stars is a contest open to U.S. formal (K-12, college) and informal educators who are invited to send in their best example of how they've used NASA Hubble Space Telescope for STEM education. Entries will be accepted from May 2009 through January 2, 2010, with entries selected for "Top Stars" recognition and awards approximately every 2-3 months. Entries received by May 30, 2009, will be included in the first round of selections.

NASA Johnson Space CenterÕs Pre-Service Teaching Institute

NASA Johnson Space CenterÕs Pre-Service Teaching Institute (PSTI) ,application deadline is April 17, 2009. Please share the PSTI Workshop opportunity with any juniors or seniors seeking a K-8 teaching education degree, or graduate students seeking a K-8 teaching degree that have not yet earned an undergraduate degree in education.

Visit our website for application instructions and eligibility requirements.

PSTI Overview:
PSTI is a two-week summer residential session for Early Childhood and Elementary Education K-8 majors (Pre-service teachers) preparing to teach in an elementary or middle school. College students from diverse backgrounds will spend a dynamic and exciting time at NASA Johnson Space Center where they are exposed to aerospace, mathematics and science enrichment activities. Pre-service teachers are able to interface with NASA personnel, and tour Johnson Space Center facilities while learning to incorporate NASA's cutting-edge research into lesson plans for elementary and intermediate school students. JSC PSTI Program Dates: July 13-July 24, 2009

PSTI provides a generous support package that includes the following:

  • $500 stipend (for those who completely fulfill all requirements of the two week PSTI Institute at NASA JSC)
  • Travel reimbursement (see website for details)
  • Transportation to and from NASA and field trip sites
  • Meals during the two-week workshop (see website for details)
  • Resource materials including binders, books, supplies and curriculum that are provided to participants at the workshop

Earth Day Photo Contest Grades 5-8

IGES logoEarth is a system of connected parts -- air, land, water and life. Each part is constantly changing, and affecting and being affected by the other parts. Of all the seasons, changes are especially noticeable during spring. Birds migrate across the sky as the weather warms. Creek waters rise as melted snow trickles down from distant mountains. Spring showers give life to plants and wildlife. And thunderstorms and tornadoes are spawned as warm and cold air clash.

During the week of Earth Day (April 22), U.S. students in grades 5-8 can be part of a unique national effort to capture our changing world. Anytime from Wednesday April 22 through Wednesday April 29, 2009, take a photograph of something that is changing in your local environment. It could be a change occurring in your backyard, outside your school, in a local park, or off in the distance toward the horizon.

Then, research and write an explanation of the photograph (400 words or less) that answers the following questions:

  • What is the change taking place in your photograph?
  • What part or parts of the Earth system may be causing the change?
  • Was the change expected?
  • How might the change impact surrounding areas, including people?
  • How might this picture look different in the future?

Entries will be judged by Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) staff based on relevance to topic (depiction of change in the environment), uniqueness and overall appearance of the photo, and thoroughness of the written explanation.

The top three winners will receive a digital camera, digital photo frame and digital photo keychain, respectively. The top 10 winners will receive their photograph in a special frame commemorating Earth Day 2009, and their photographs and accompanying descriptions will be featured along with selected honorable mentions on the IGES Web site, www.strategies.org.

Entries must be received by email or postmarked by May 9, 2009. Winners will be announced on the IGES Web site around June 2, 2009.

For submission instructions, entry form, and suggestions for using this activity in the classroom, please visit above website.

Earth-Moon Institute for Teachers, July 27-31, 2009

Presented by the Lunar and Planetary Institute, Houston, TX

Who: 5th Š 8th grade in-service teachers and pre-service teachers What: A 35-hour institute, investigating the Moon

The Institute Will:

  • Provide numerous hands-on standards-aligned classroom resources that allow you to bridge content from the Moon to the Earth and address science content TEKS: 2.7D, 4.6A, 5.6A, 5.12C, 6.5A, 6.5B, 6.13A, 7.13B, 8.12A, and multiple science process TEKS
  • Provide tools to address student misconceptions
  • Incorporate authentic inquiry experiences for your students
  • Provide the opportunity to interact with lunar scientists
  • Include a field trip to Johnson Space CenterÕs lunar rock curation facility
  • Offer certification to bring lunar samples into your classroom
  • Include a lunar viewing evening with the local astronomical society and
  • Provide professional development and TAGT Awareness credit hours

Topics include:

  • Moon Phases and Eclipses
  • Earth-Moon Comparisons
  • Tides and Gravity
  • Formation of the Moon
  • Geology of the Moon
  • Volcanism
  • The Rock Cycle
  • Plate Tectonics
  • The Solar System

Institute registration is $150, and includes lunches. Participants receive professional development hours, 15 Texas GT hours, and numerous classroom resources, and are eligible to receive college credit hours.

For further information, go to above website