Monthly Archives: September 2008

NASA Quest LIMA II Challenge for Students in Grades 4-8 – propsals due Nov 5, 2008

NASA Quest announces the LIMA II Challenge for students in grades 4-8. In this challenge, students become scientists and propose Antarctic research. Using the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica, the first true-color high-resolution satellite view of the Antarctic continent, students must develop a research question and debate the value of studying the chosen feature.

Registration is currently open and educational resources are available online. The challenge begins on Oct. 1, 2008, with a live webcast. Preliminary proposals are due Nov. 5, 2008.

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Hubble L-1 Webcast

Tune in the day before the launch to learn what it takes to fly a difficult servicing mission to the Hubble Space Telescope. Seven astronauts will work in space aboard space shuttle Atlantis for 11 days to capture the orbiting observatory and install two cutting-edge instruments plus a host of equipment. After the crew of Atlantis is finished, Hubble will be ready to complete at least five more years studying the cosmos.

Hosted by Damon Talley of NASA’s Digital Learning Network and Rebecca Sprague of NASA Public Affairs at Kennedy Space Center in Florida, the L-1 webcast features interviews with the crew, a Hubble astronomer and up-close looks at all the work going into this exciting mission.

For more information about this event, visit


NASA Launches New Hubble Web Site for Educators

In conjunction with the upcoming space shuttle mission to the Hubble Space Telescope, NASA Education has launched a new Web site with resources for educators.

The site celebrates Hubble as a unique tool of exploration and as a catalyst of inspiration to wonder — to ponder new questions and to seek expressive responses to the magnificent visual imagery it enables people to “see.” This site will continue to follow the Hubble journey into 2010, Hubble’s 20th anniversary year.

Join NASA as preparations progress toward a fall 2008 launch of the space shuttle Atlantis for the mission to service Hubble. When the mission concludes, Hubble will be like a new telescope. New gyroscopes and batteries will extend its operational lifetime. New, more powerful and sensitive scientific instruments will increase Hubble’s capacity to “see” deeper into space than ever before.

The Hubble educational resource site offers activities and resources for three primary themes: Hubble Careers, From Galileo to the Great Observatories, and the Hubble Walk: Spacesuits and Spacewalks. Revisit this Web site often throughout the next year for updates and added activities, resources, links to complementary sites, and notices of special events.

Visit the new Hubble website at


Institute for Global Environmental Strategies Art Contest – Deadline Oct 24, 2008

Entries are currently being accepted for the 13th Annual Institute for Global Environmental Strategies Art Contest for students in grades 2-4. This year’s theme is “Trees: Making a World of Difference.” Participants are encouraged to learn how trees help to create a healthy environment. The students then draw a picture showing what they learned.

The contest is open to all U.S. citizens in grades 2-4. The winning entry will be used as the IGES holiday e-card. The first-, second- and third-place artists will receive gift cards. All entrants will receive a certificate of participation. Entries are due on Oct. 24, 2008.

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NIH Science of Science Meeting – October 2-3, 2008

Seeking Patterns, Pathways, and Profiles for Assessing Science
October 2 and 3, 2008

The Science of Science Management focuses on developing strategies to generate rigorous evidence to support decision-making in the stewardship of resources in the planning, implementing, and disseminating of research, which is aligned to the mission of the NIH and the needs of stakeholders. It strives to develop an understanding of the structures and dynamics of a scientific organization, science system, or scientific program in order to promote discovery, to build capacity and to sustain the management of science to benefit public health and future generations of research.

As part of these efforts, Office of Portfolio Analysis and Strategic Initiatives (OPASI) will assemble a multi-disciplinary group of experts on October 2nd and 3rd, 2008. The meeting will create an arena for topics relevant to the systematic research of science management with a focus on providing evidence-based information for decision makers. The meeting structure promotes capacity building by creating a venue for cross-talk between experts in the fields of evaluation, social and behavioral sciences, economics, organization/systems theory, information technologies, scientist, and science policy, as well as with NIH science staff. Invited experts will present the state of the field information and highlight science management assessment challenges.

OPASI invites you to attend the meeting at the NIH main campus. If you can not attend in person, we welcome you to watch the video cast (information below). Please feel free to forward the video cast information to interested parties.


On NIH Campus
National Institutes of Health (NIH) – Main Campus Building 31C, 6th Floor, Conference Room 6

Video Cast

The meeting will be webcast both days. To access the meeting, go to ¬†and click on “Today’s Events”. Locate the title “NIH Science of Science Management Meeting” to watch the live event.

The videocasts will be available for viewing after the meeting at the site under “Past Events”.


Celebrate Earth Science Week – Oct. 12-18, 2008

Earth Science Week 2008 will be celebrated from Oct. 12-18. The theme for this year’s celebration is “No Child Left Inside.” This celebration encourages young people to learn about the geosciences by getting away from the television, off the computer and out of doors.

During Earth Science Week, educators are encouraged to bring some aspect of Earth science into their classrooms, and to take their classrooms outside! Each year, local groups, educators and interested individuals organize celebratory events. Earth Science Week offers opportunities to discover the Earth sciences and engage in responsible stewardship of the Earth.

The American Geological Society hosts Earth Science Week, in cooperation with sponsors, as a service to the public and the geoscience community. The event is supported by NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Park Service, the AAPG Foundation and other geoscience groups.
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Celebrate World Space Week – Oct. 4-10, 2008

Join educators and space enthusiasts around the world to celebrate World Space Week, Oct. 4-10, 2008. 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 in the classroom to promote student interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. This year, $500 teacher grants will be awarded for the most creative use of space in the classroom during World Space Week.

World Space Week is the largest public space event in the world, with celebrations in more than 50 nations. To learn more about World Space Week, search for events in your area and find educational materials related to the event, visit


Applications for the INSPIRE Program Open on September 22, 2008

Starting September 22, 2008, NASA will begin accepting applications for students to join the INSPIRE On-Line Community.

The On-Line community is a content of resources, activities and educational modules that add relevancy to courses being taught in high school. Activities include participation in video teleconferences with NASA scientists, design competitions, and learning modules. The online community allows students to interact with other students with similar interests, to ask questions and to share knowledge, thus building a Community of Practice. It also offers support for parents to help them better champion their student’s goals.

Elligilbility Requirements:

  • Students must be enrolled in grades 9-12
  • Be a US citizen at the time of selection
  • Have a 2.5 academic grade point average in core coursework on an unweighed 4.0 scale
  • Demonstrate the desire and the academic preparation to pursue a STEM-related field of study beyond high school

Read more about INSPIRE at the website below:

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