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Podcast Competition: NASA's 21st Century Explorer http://www.explorationpodcast.com How will space exploration benefit your life in the future? That's the question NASA's 21st Century Explorer competition asks of students ages 11-18. The first NASA 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition challenges students to create unique audio and video podcasts. Running from Sept. 1 through Oct. 10, 2006, the competition is open to U. S. citizens, ages 11-18. Students are grouped into two age divisions: 11-14 and 15-18. Each division will have two separate categories: audio podcast and video podcast. First, second and third place prizes will be awarded in each category and age group. An additional "People's Choice Award" will honor one podcast for each age division. The 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition is an education and public outreach project designed to inspire and motivate the next generation of explorers and to compete effectively for the minds, imaginations and career ambitions of America's young people.
NASA Science News for September 28, 2006 When the Harvest Moon rises on Oct. 6th, go outside. You may notice a few puzzling things. http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2006/28sep_strangemoonlight.htm?list111411
NASA Explorer Schools Brochure Access the "NASA Explorer Schools" brochure in the education section of NASA.gov: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/ NASA_Explorer_Schools_Brochure.html The Educational Materials section of NASA's Web site lists classroom activities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that are available for use in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade level and subject. A new item is now available in the Brochures section of the Educational Materials area on NASA.gov. The "NASA Explorer Schools" brochure has information about the application process and benefits of becoming a NASA Explorer School. The NES project focuses on NASA content at grades 49. NES teams, working with NASA personnel and other partners, develop action plans that address local needs in mathematics, science, and technology, and that incorporate NASA data and materials into school curriculum. Throughout a three-year commitment, educator teams implement their action plans, participate in professional development, and involve students and families in NES activities.
NASA Kids' Club flier: http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/ NASA_Kids_Club_Flier.html
NASA Kids' Club Brochure http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/ NASA_Kids_Club_Brochure.html Information about the NASA Kids' Club is available in brochure and flier format on NASA.gov. The NASA Kids' Club is a games-based Web site that stimulates children's interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics by incorporating five skill levels, national education standards and NASA content. The information on both documents describes educational value, samples of the games and how to access the NASA Kids' Club. The brochure is a colorful, tri-fold document. The one-page flier is created in a fact sheet format. Both documents are appropriate for distribution.
Next on NOVA: NOVA scienceNOW http://www.pbs.org/nova/sciencenow
Tuesday, October 3 at 8PM ET/PT on PBS Check your local listings as dates and times may vary.
NOVA scienceNOW kicks off its second season with an engaging new host, astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson. A respected scientist and author, Tyson is also director of the Hayden Planetarium in the Rose Center for Earth and Space at the American Museum of Natural History. The fall series opener offers an array of intriguing reports from the frontlines of scientific research and discovery. This episode's segments include:
Asteroid Will a doomsday rock the size of the Rose Bowl hit Earth in 2036? http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/3313/01.html
Island of Stability Follow the decades-long quest to create the elusive element 114. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/3313/02.html
Obesity Examine the biology behind the compulsion to eat. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/3313/03.html
Profile: Karl Iagnemma An innovative MIT roboticist is also an acclaimed fiction writer. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/sciencenow/3313/04.html
The journey continues on the NOVA scienceNOW Web site. Watch the entire hour-long episode. E-mail scientists from the broadcast with your questions. Try out some "what-if" scenarios if an asteroid hit the Earth today, take an "elemental" quiz, learn how the hormone leptin affects your appetite, listen to Karl Iagnemma talk about his secret to success, and much more. http://www.pbs.org/nova/sciencenow
Oct. 10 -- The Viking Deception (R) http://www.pbs.org/nova/vinland/
Oct. 17 -- The Deadliest Plane Crash http://www.pbs.org/nova/planecrash/
Oct. 24 -- Magnetic Storm (R) http://www.pbs.org/nova/magnetic/
For a downloadable PDF of the entire season visit http://www.pbs.org/nova/teachers/schedule.html
Space Weather News for Oct. 1, 2006 http://spaceweather.com
COMET SWAN: There's a new comet in the night sky, Comet Swan. It's a trifle too dim for naked-eye viewing, but it is an easy target for binoculars and small telescopes. Observers report a "spectacular" emerald-colored head and a long sinuous tail.
AURORA WATCH: A solar wind stream hit Earth this weekend. The resulting geomagnetic storm was not very strong; nevertheless, auroras were photographed as far south as Wisconsin and Michigan in the United States. Meanwhile, another solar wind stream is coming and may spark a similar display on Oct. 3rd or 4th. S
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