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VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter

Volume 10, Issue 1
Editor Talia Jurgens

Welcome to the Voyage to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter. This newsletter is brought to you by the Texas Space Grant Consortium and is meant to give you the latest and greatest news and information on Earth and Space science.

NASA wants to fly your face in space!

NASA wants to put a picture of you on one of the two remaining space shuttle missions and launch it into orbit. After registering at the Face in Space Web site, you'll be able to upload an image that will be put on a disc and flown aboard a shuttle on a future mission. You'll receive a confirmation number and information about which flight your "face" will be on. Then, after the launch, participants will be able to print a commemorative certificate signed by the mission commander. You can also check on mission status, view mission photographs, link to various NASA educational resources, and follow the commander and crew on Twitter or Facebook.

To learn more and upload your image for flight, visit http://faceinspace.nasa.gov

Inquiries about this opportunity should be directed to the David Kiss at David.J.Kiss@nasa.gov

Conference for the Advancement of Science Teaching (CAST) November 11-13, 2010 short course taught by the Texas Space Grant Consortium

The Texas Space Grant Consortium will be hosting a short course "Door to the Universe" from lessons taught during LiftOff Summer Institute 2010 at CAST 2010. The theme of this year's conference is "Science in the City" and it will be held in Houston, TX.

Registration for the conference begins August 15, 2010. The Early Bird Discount is only available until September 24, 2010 at the low cost of $115. *Register early and your name will be entered in a drawing for a VIP seat and invitation to the exclusive VIP reception with Robert Ballard on Wednesday November 10, 2010!

For more information on the conference or to register, please go to www.statweb.org/cast

If you are planning to attend and would like to help teach the short course or help with the TSGC Booth advertising the LiftOff Summer Institute, please contact:

Margaret Baguio
Senior Outreach and Education Coordinator
Texas Space Grant Consortium


EESC's Annual Poster Contest is underway

"Civil Engineering" is the theme for the EESC's Fall 2010 poster contest. This year's winning entry can be found in a display of inspiration, excitement, wonder and curiosity. Posters should be fun, motivational and inspire students to pursue a degree in engineering, technology, math and/or science.

Civil engineers enjoy being able to choose from many specialties within their discipline, such as environmental engineering, transportation engineering, structural engineering, geotechnical engineering, or water/wastewater management. They can work for NASA building the infrastructure for space exploration or in the middle of the ocean installing a wind turbine. They make sure things stay strong and stay put, they make sure things move along nicely, they design places that people like, and they keep it all clean. Civil engineering is one of the oldest and largest branches of engineering.

Contest deadline: November 3, 2010
Winners will be notified by November 10, 2010

To enter, visit: http://www.engineeringedu.com/contest.htm
Download a flyer: http://www.engineeringedu.com/EESCPosterContestFall10.pdf

View the 2005-2009 winning posters here: http://www.engineeringedu.com/store/posters.html

Questions? Please contact: Celeste Baine
Director - Engineering Education Service Center
1004 5th St., Springfield, OR 97477
541-988-1005 tel, 541-988-1008 fax

NASA announces three new centennial challenges & seeks partners to manage each challenge

NASA has announced three new Centennial Challenges with an overall prize purse of $5 million. NASA's Centennial Challenges are prize competitions for technological achievements by independent teams who work without government funding.

The Nano-Satellite Launch Challenge is to place a small satellite into Earth orbit, twice in one week, with a prize of $2 million. The goals of this challenge are to stimulate innovations in low-cost launch technology and encourage creation of commercial nano-satellite delivery services.

The Night Rover Challenge is to demonstrate a solar-powered exploration vehicle that can operate in darkness using its own stored energy. The prize purse is $1.5 million. The objective is to stimulate innovations in energy storage technologies of value in extreme space environments, such as the surface of the moon, or for electric vehicles and renewable energy systems on Earth.

The Sample Return Robot Challenge is to demonstrate a robot that can locate and retrieve geologic samples from wide and varied terrain without human control. This challenge has a prize purse of $1.5 million. The objectives are to encourage innovations in automatic navigation and robotic manipulator technologies.

NASA is soliciting proposals from nonprofit organizations to manage each of the three new competitions. Centennial Challenge events typically include public audiences and are televised or broadcast over the Internet via streaming video. The competitions provide high-visibility opportunities for public outreach and education. Proposals from organizations interested in partnering with NASA are due by *Sept. 13, 2010*. Selection of partner organizations is expected by Oct. 8, 2010.

After the partner organizations are signed, NASA and those organizations expect to announce challenge rules and details on how teams may enter later this year.

For information about NASA's Centennial Challenges Program, visit http://www.nasa.gov/challenges If you have questions about the Centennial Challenges, please e-mail your inquiries to Andrew Petro at andrew.j.petro@nasa.gov

NASA's 2nd Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge

NASA is inviting students in grades 5-8 to participate in the 2nd Waste Limitation Management and Recycling Design Challenge. The challenge uses real-world scenarios that meet science and mathematics content standards. Students can participate in a formal, informal or home-school setting. Teams of up to six students will design a water recycling system for the unique environment of the moon. Teams will then test their system on a simulated wastewater stream. Proposals and results are due *Feb. 28, 2011*. The winning teams will be announced in May 2011. The top three teams will receive awards. The first place team will receive an expense-paid trip to NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. During the winning team's visit to Kennedy, students will gain firsthand knowledge about NASA's missions, receive behind-the-scenes tours of NASA's launch facilities, and learn about future aerospace and engineering careers.

For more information and contest rules, please visit http://wlmr.nasa.gov/ Questions about the challenge should be directed to Jay Garland at jay.l.garland@nasa.gov

NASA Space Settlement Design Contest

Design a space colony! Space colonies are permanent communities in orbit, as opposed to being on the moon or other planets. Designing a space colony involves physics, mathematics, space science, environmental science and many other disciplines. The NASA Space Settlement Design Contest is for 11-18-year-old students from anywhere in the world. Individuals or teams may enter. Grades 6-8, 9-10 and 11-12 are judged separately, except for the grand prize. All participants will receive a certificate.

Submissions must be received by *March 15, 2011*. For more information about the NASA Space Settlement Design Contest, visit http://settlement.arc.nasa.gov/Contest/ If you have any questions about the contest, please e-mail Al Globus at aglobus@mail.arc.nasa.gov

Real World-In World NASA Engineering Design Challenge

The Real World-In World NASA Engineering Design Challenge invites high school students to work cooperatively as engineers and scientists to solve real-world problems related to the James Webb Space Telescope.

In Phase 1 of this education initiative, students explore and design solutions to two real-world problems related to the James Webb Space Telescope. For this phase, participants work in teams of three-to-five students. Final RealWorld project solutions from this first phase of the challenge are due on *Dec. 15, 2010*. Teams who complete Phase 1 are then paired with participating college engineering students to begin Phase 2, the InWorld phase of the challenge. Working in a virtual world setting, each newly formed InWorld team uses 21st-century tools to refine designs and create 3-D models of the Webb telescope.

For more information about the challenge, visit http://www.nasarealworldinworld.org/ Questions about this opportunity should be directed to RWIW@nianet.org

Registration open for NASA Explorer School Project

The NASA Explorer Schools project is NASA's classroom-based gateway for middle school (grades 4-8) and high school (grades 9-12) classrooms. NES provides free teaching and learning resources that promote student engagement in science, technology, engineering and mathematics, or STEM. The project provides opportunities for teachers and students to participate in NASA's mission of research and discovery through inquiry-based experiences directly related to the work of NASA scientists and engineers.

Throughout the school year, the NES Virtual Campus website will serve as a portal to dynamic learning experiences, allowing students to examine real-world problems and challenges based on NASA research and exploration. Classroom activities are coupled with special events featuring interactions with NASA's scientific and technical workforce, so students learn firsthand about mission highlights, new technologies and research findings. Teachers have the opportunity to participate in professional development experiences delivered through NES Virtual Campus technology to support effective classroom implementation of NES resources.

At the end of the year, NES will recognize its best teachers and schools with NASA experiences such as field center training, research opportunities and flights aboard a reduced-gravity aircraft.All participants must be U.S. citizens. Each must be an administrator, aide, curriculum specialist, educator, guidance counselor, media specialist, resource teacher or student teacher in a state- or nationally accredited K-12 education institution in the United States or a U.S territory.

For more information and to schedule an orientation session, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/national/nes2/home/index.html Questions about the new NASA Explorer Schools project should be directed to nasa-explorer-schools@mail.nasa.gov

Celebrate World Space Week: October 4010, 2010

Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, *Oct. 4-10, 2010*. This international event commemorates the beginning of the Space Age with the launch of Sputnik 1 on Oct. 4, 1957.

During World Space Week, teachers are encouraged to use space-themed activities. World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with celebrations in more than 50 nations. Last year, President Obama joined the celebration by hosting a Star Party at the White House.

To find NASA educational resources that can be used during World Space Week, visit the Educational Materials Finder: http://search.nasa.gov/search/edFilterSearch.jsp?empty=true

To learn more about World Space Week, search for events in your area and find educational materials related to the event, visit http://www.worldspaceweek.org/index.html

Student Explorers Wanted!

Have you ever wanted your students to gain real-world science experiences, but you are not sure where to go? The Mars Exploration Student Data Teams (MESDT) program, offered by NASA, Arizona State University's Mars Education Program, and the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO). In this free program, student teams work with scientists, mission planners, and educators on the CRISM (Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars) team at Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory (http://crism.jhuapl.edu/). The teams research images of Mars using the CRISM instrument, which is currently on board MRO. CRISM's primary mission is to search for mineral traces of ancient water as it images the planet in up to 544 wavelengths of light.

Student teams are not required to have extensive knowledge of geology, or even Mars, to participate!

Students work with real data from the CRISM instrument to assist with future mission landing sites, finding mineral traces associated with certain surface features, and even submit targeted observations of the surface of Mars! (http://crism.jhuapl.edu/education/DataTeams/overview.php)

MESDT student training sessions and meetings are conducted via distance learning methods, such as desktop videoconferencing, teleconferences, and communication via a bulletin board forum. The distance learning component also connects MESDT teams and their coaches to the Mars research scientists and the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) content the MESDT teams are researching.

See what a couple of teachers have said about their experience in MESDT:

  • This year, our MESDT group is a group that includes several "at-risk" students. I cannot begin to express how exciting the MESDT program has been for them. Potentially, this experience could very well turn a couple of them around academically.
  • New found love of science and has provided a "career compass" as many former participants of MESDT are now pursuing careers in geological, meteorological, and science and technology careers;
  • There are scholarships in both computers and technology that last year's MESDT team member earned due to involvement with MESDT.
  • MESDT is a unique program that allows students to be the scientists, and conduct real research with authentic NASA science data! What a tremendous opportunity!

For more information on MESDT, e-mail Brian.Grigsby@asu.edu or //bgrigsby@suhsd.net

You can also visit /http://mesdt.asu.edu/ for more information.

To apply to participate, complete the form at /http://marsed.asu.edu/mesdtform.php//./

Women in Science invitation from the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center


WHEN: *Sunday, September 19, 2010 - 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
*WHERE: *Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Visitor's Gallery*

/Women in Science/ ROCK! This special event is held at the Wildflower Center every fall. It aims to inspire young women to pursue careers in science. Girls between elementary and high school age are welcome to come have fun with family and friends. Attendees visit various booths where scientists share their professional experience in different ways. In past events women scientists came from all kinds of professions, including: wildlife biology, conservation ecology, forensic anthropology, ethnobotany, behavioral ecology, genetics, botany, forestry, horticulture, engineering, mathematics, and many interesting fields.

Perhaps a young girl in your organization could take an interest in a science career. If you know someone who is interested in this event, please contact me so that I can send updated information. Help spread the word about WOMEN IN SCIENCE! We hope to inspire future scientists.

Questions? Please contact:Laurel TreviƱo
*Education Assistant
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
4801 La Crosse Avenue
Austin, TX 78739-1702
512-232-0128 Direct

Survey: Imagine the Universe! CD & DVD

Are you a fan of the Imagine the Universe! CDs and DVD-ROMS? Did you receive one at a teacher workshop or from a colleague? Do you use them in your classroom or your home school? Or with an afterschool group? Or in your museum? Or as part of your amateur astronomy club activities? Or have you just found out about them, and ordered your first one just recently? We'd like to hear from you. We are conducting a survey of the users of our Imagine DVD-ROM. We're interested in knowing how you use it, and why.

So take a few minutes and please go to: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/8BLMS5Y to take the survey. /This survey was developed and is being conducted by Cornerstone Evaluation Associates, L/LC