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Feature: Enter the Dragon

dragonWhen the Space Shuttle Discovery made its final flight May 12 and landed at the Smithsonian National Air and Space annex in northern Virginia, it marked “a very emotional, poignant, bittersweet moment” for former astronaut Mike Mullane. A few short weeks later, a spacecraft named Dragon made history as the first commercial vehicle ever to successfully berth at the International Space Station.

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Contest: Scientist for a Day

scientist for a dayNASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory recently announced the new Fall 2011 Cassini Scientist for a Day essay contest for students in grades 5-12. Winners are invited to a teleconference with Cassini scientists and engineers from the lab. The contest deadline is Oct. 26, 2011.

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DIY Space-flight Experiments for High Schoolers

Earth's Horizon (Image by NASA)Two Houston engineers have won a competition for low-cost experiments that high school students could send aboard a suborbital space flight. They have designed an inexpensive microgravity spaceflight kit that allows students to conduct three experiments demonstrating important principles of science and engineering.

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Feature: Unlimited Space

Aerospace - First Zero G2Many kids dream of exploring space, but few get much further than their schoolyards. This is not true of students in Tekna-Theos, a Florida after-school program bursting with science activities and contests. They’ve set their sights high, designing and building mini-satellites and preparing a payload to test the effect of weightlessness on bone cells. Some have actually experienced “Zero-G.”

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Website: A World of Space from NASA

NASA’s Multimedia Gallery provides educators a wealth of supporting material, from an extensive image gallery — featuring current and historic NASA missions, the planets of the universe, and the latest material from the Hubble Space telescope –videos, podcasts, NASA television, blogs, and interactive features.

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Web Resources: Rockets for Schools

Rockets for SchoolsThe Great Lakes Spaceport Education Foundation, Inc.’s Rockets for Schools program allows students to experience the excitement of building-high power rockets, coordinating a rocket launch and working hands-on with industry professionals. This program is open to students of varied socio-economic backgrounds in grades 6-12 from a five state area in the Midwest. Rockets for Schools 2010 is scheduled for Friday, May 7th and Saturday, May 8th in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

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Teacher Program: Space Institute, NYC, Feb. 17-19, 2010

In this 3-day professional development institute at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City, middle and high school teachers engage with a global gravity data set to understand how water distribution across the globe is affected by climate change, and learn how NASA scientists gather and interpret data. Dates: Feb. 17, 18, 19, 2010; 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Cost: Free. Application deadline: Jan. 12.

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Fluttering in Space: The Butterfly Project

When NASA’s space shuttle Atlantis takes off for the International Space Station, a University of Colorado at Bolder butterfly experiment will be aboard, monitored from Earth by thousands of K-12 students.

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Web Conference: Apollo Space – Nov. 10

Participants of this free, one-day online conference join in interactive discussions on the Apollo program and its historical impact. Teachers are invited to explore ways to teach the use of primary source materials. All sessions will be archived and available for future replay.

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