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VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter

Volume 10, Issue 5
January 2011

LiftOff Summer Institute - Application Deadline is approaching!

Have you submitted your application for the Texas Space Grant Consortium's LiftOff Summer Institute? As a reminder the application deadline is March 18, 2011.

About LiftOff Summer Institute: Beginning in the summer of 1990, the NASA's Texas Space Grant Consortium initiated weeklong professional development training for teachers. This aerospace workshop, called LiftOff, emphasizes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences by incorporating a space science theme supported by NASA missions. Teacher participants are provided with information, materials, and experiences through speakers, hands-on activities and field investigations that promote space science and enrichment activities for themselves and others.

PROGRAM FEATURES: Presentations by NASA scientists and engineers, Tours of NASA and Space Center Houston, Hands-on, inquiry based classroom activities aligned to educational standards, Career Exploration, Teacher Feature (sharing of ideas and activities), Opportunity to interact with researchers dedicated to space Missions

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS: Currently employed as a 5-12 grade classroom educator, Minimum one year teaching experience prior to workshop, Demonstrate willingness to share information with others, Must be a U.S. citizen


    Texas Participants: FREE- All expenses paid by TSGC upon selection
    Out-of-State: $650 registration fee + travel to Houston, Texas
    Applications: Must be submitted online

For more information and to submit your application online, please visit http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/liftoff/

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Register today for the 17th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference, to be held Feb. 3-5, 2011, at Space Center Houston. This conference is for all K-12 educators. Activities presented use space-related themes to teach across the curriculum and can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history and more.

Attend sessions hosted by scientists and engineers working on the International Space Station, Mars exploration and the planets beyond. Hear from astronauts who will be leading the charge in exploration. Attend sessions presented by educators and receive ready-to-implement classroom ideas. Attendees can earn up to 24 hours of continuing professional education credit.

For more information and to register for the conference, visit http://spacecenter.org/TeachersSEEC.html.

If you have any questions about the conference, please call 281-244-2149 or e-mail seec@spacecenter.org.

*For those already registered, January 19th is the last day for online session selection and changes*

Education Opportunities in NASA STEM Workshop

The NASA Office of Education will be accepting proposals under the Education Opportunities in NASA STEM (EONS) NASA Research Announcement. This new announcement is an umbrella announcement for opportunities under the Minority University Research and Education Program, or MUREP, and includes calls for proposals for Fiscal Year 2011.

Interested parties may attend the EONS Workshop on Jan. 20, 2011, at the Westin Washington D.C. City Center. Onsite registration begins at 7:45 a.m. Participation is not required to submit a proposal.

For more information regarding this opportunity, please visit the EONS page on the NSPIRES website. Go to http://nspires.nasaprs.com and click on Solicitations, then on Open Solicitations.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to NASAEONS2011@nasaprs.com.

NASA DLN Planetary Webcast Series

NASA's Digital Learning Network announces a series of monthly webcasts. Join Dr. Joel Levine each month as he features a different topic of planetary study and talks about what NASA has done to help us better understand our home planet and neighbors in our solar system. This series is designed to target middle school students.

  • The Earth and Other Planets: A Tour
    Jan. 20, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EST
    Join Dr. Joel Levine on a tour of the planets. This webcast will explore the surface features, atmospheric structure and composition, and moon and ring systems of the planets. Did you know the planets may be divided into two distinct groups? Learn more about the properties that distinguish the terrestrial planets from the gaseous outer planets.

  • The Earth: Up Close and Personal
    Feb. 17, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EST
    Join Dr. Joel Levine to learn more about our home planet. This webcast will explore the components of the Earth system. The lithosphere (the solid planet), the hydrosphere (the water), the atmosphere (the air) and the biosphere (life) will be discussed. Various processes on the Earth system, such as volcanism and the water cycle, also will be discussed.

  • Mars: Up Close and Personal
    March 17, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EST
    Join Dr. Joel Levine to learn more about the Red Planet. Today, Mars is a cold, dry, inhospitable planet with a very thin atmosphere. Scientists believe that early Mars was very hospitable with abundant surface water and atmospheric pressure similar to Earth's. This webcast will explore Mars' past and what makes Mars and Earth so different today.

  • The Heat Is On: Global Warming -- Causes and Consequences
    April 21, 2011, 1-2 p.m. EST
    Join Dr. Joel Levine to learn more about global warming and how it is affecting our planet. The temperature of the surface of Earth and the other planets is controlled by incoming solar radiation and the outgoing thermal or infrared radiation generated at the surface by the absorption of the incoming solar radiation. This webcast will discuss the causes and consequences of global warming. NASA's Digital Learning Network allows the next generation of explorers to connect with scientists, engineers and researchers without leaving the classroom. The network provides distance-learning events designed to educate through demonstrations and real time interactions with NASA experts. Three schools per time slot will be allowed to join Levine for this lecture series. All others may join via webcast.

For more information about this series of webcast events, visit http://dln.nasa.gov/dln/.

If you have any questions about this webcast series, please contact Caryn Long at Caryn.Long@nasa.gov.

Free Webcast -- Space Operations in 2011

Astronauts and cosmonauts will continue to work on the International Space Station after the retirement of the space shuttle. Join Carla Rosenberg for an hour long webcast on Jan. 26, 2011, at 4 p.m. EST, to find out what is next for human space exploration in 2011. The new NASA educational product for middle school grades called Station Simulation also will be discussed.

For more information and to view the webcast, visit http://dln.nasa.gov.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Renee Elias at nasa_renee@lcjvs.net.

2011 ACCESS Internships for Students With Disabilities

Applications are now being accepted for the Achieving Competence in Computing, Engineering and Space Science project, also known as ACCESS. This 10-week, paid internship at NASA centers around the U.S. is designed for undergraduate and graduate students with disabilities. Applications for placement at NASA are due Feb. 11, 2011.

For more information, visit http://www.nasa.gov/offices/education/programs/descriptions/Achieving_Competence.html.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to Laureen Summers at lsummers@aaas.org.

2011 Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships

Caltech's Summer Undergraduate Research Fellowships, or SURF, project introduces undergraduate students to research under the guidance of seasoned mentors at Caltech or NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. All application materials must be received no later than Feb. 22, 2011. For more information, visit http://www.surf.caltech.edu/.

Please e-mail any questions about this opportunity to the Caltech Student-Faculty Programs office at sfp@caltech.edu.

No Boundaries Project and Student Competition

Encourage your classes to participate in the No Boundaries National Competition, a joint educational initiative created by NASA and USA TODAY Education. This competition is designed to help students explore careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The effort also offers students the opportunity to learn more about NASA. To learn more about the project and to enter the competition, visit www.noboundaries-stemcareers.com. Please e-mail any questions about the No Boundaries Competition to Marcie Peck at mpeck@usatoday.com.

Education Innovation -- Google Science Fair

On Jan. 11, 2011, Google launched the inaugural Google Science Fair. Google has partnered with CERN, National Geographic, Scientific American and the LEGO Group to create this new STEM competition. This is a global competition open to any student aged 13-18, and students may enter as individuals or as teams of up to three. There is no entry fee. Submissions are due by April 4, 2011. To sign up for free resource kits for your classroom or school, please visit the Global Science fair website at .


On January 23, Weatherfest -- a super-sized, hands-on science fair to teach children and families all about the weather, climate and related fields -- will be held at the Washington State Convention Center. Admission is free. http://www.ametsoc.org/meet/annual/weatherfest.html.

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