[astronomyed] [Fwd: Deadline Nears for Top Stars Contest and Reminder to Tune in Live for Black History Month on Feb. 24, 2010]

  • From: Mary-Frances Bartels <ki0dz@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: astronomyed@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 14:39:57 -0500


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  • From: "NASA Education" <education@xxxxxxxx>
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  • Date: Tue, 23 Feb 2010 14:04:23 -0500

DEADLINE NEARS: Top Stars: Educators Invited to Submit Examples of
Inspiring Uses of Hubble in Education

2010 is the 20th anniversary of the launching of the Hubble Space
Telescope, and to celebrate, the NASA Top Stars contest has its next
deadline on Feb. 28, 2010.

U.S. formal (K-12, college) and informal educators are invited to submit
their best examples of using NASA?s Hubble Space Telescope for science,
technology, engineering or mathematics education. Those selected as "Top
Stars" will receive national recognition and awards.

For more information, visit http://topstars.strategies.org 
[http://topstars.strategies.org/]
.

Questions about this opportunity should be directed to
topstars@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx [mailto:topstars@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx].

REMINDER: Celebrate Black History Month Virtually: Ask Questions of NASA
Engineers

What is it like to work at NASA? What jobs do engineers have on space
missions? What classes should I take to become an engineer? A panel of
African American engineers at NASA?s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in
Pasadena, Calif., and a former high school intern will answer these
questions and more during a live online program on Wednesday, Feb. 24,
2010, at 1 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific. JPL manages many robotic space
missions for NASA, including the Mars Exploration Rovers and the Cassini
Mission at Saturn.

This online event honoring Black History Month is geared to high school
students. School audiences will be able to ?tune in live? to the NASA/JPL
UStream Web page at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasajpl
 [http://www.ustream.tv/channel/nasajpl] to watch the 30- to 40-minute
program.

The panel of engineers includes:

Kobie Boykins -- Kobie began his work at JPL as a student ?co-op? working
on the mobility system for the Mars Pathfinder Mission. He was involved
in building the solar array panels for the Mars Exploration Rovers and is
currently working on the upcoming Mars Science Laboratory Mission.

Tracy Drain -- Tracy?s first assignment at JPL was to work on futuristic
robotic outposts on Mars. She later built and tested command sequences,
or computer instructions for a spacecraft, for the Mars Reconnaissance
Orbiter Mission. On the Kepler Mission, Tracy co-led the operations team
in responding to unplanned events during space travel.  She is currently
working on the Juno Mission to Jupiter, focusing on ways to ensure safe
space travel to the planet.

Carrine Johnson -- Carrine is currently a senior in a Southern California
high school. Last summer she was an intern at JPL. This fall, Carrine
plans to attend college and major in engineering.

For more information about JPL?s educational opportunities and teacher
resources, visit http://education.jpl.nasa.gov [http://education.jpl.nasa.gov/].




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