Volume: 07, Issue: 02 02/11/2009 
Rockets for Schools logo, image credit: Rockets for Schools.
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Embarking on a Lunar surface mission. Image credit: NASA.
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Kidwind logo, image credit: Kidwind Project.
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Other Articles in This Issue:
NASA’s Swift, Fermi Probe Fireworks From a Flaring Gamma-Ray Star
STS-119: A Final Station Power Up
NASA Mission to Help Unravel Key Carbon, Climate Mysteries
Astronomers Observe Planet With Wild Temperature Swings

Student Competitions

Check out these contests to keep your students involved in science both inside and outside the classroom.

Rockets for Schools Program
The program uses the space program and hands-on applications to get students in grades 6-12 excited about math, science, and technology. It gives students an opportunity to build and launch a six-foot-high powered rocket, help coordinate launch activities in Mission Control, and participate in tracking and recovery activities. Each year, more than 300 students from Wisconsin, Illinois, Iowa, and Michigan have participated. The program integrates easily into your current science curriculum or could be used as an extracurricular activity. Students can also form a launch team outside of school. The Great Lakes Space Port Education Foundation announces the 13th Annual Rockets for Schools Launch will take place May 15-16 in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Due to limited space, only 60 rocket teams can participate. Teams will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

For more information, please visit the following website:

Life and Work on the Moon Art and Design Contest
NASA invites high school and college students from the arts, including industrial design, architecture, computer design, and the fine arts, to submit their work on the theme "Life and Work on the Moon." Artists are encouraged to collaborate with science and engineering students. Such collaboration is not required but would help to ensure that the art is valid for the Moon’s harsh environment.

For more information, please visit the following website:

2009 KidWind Challenge
The KidWind Project is excited to announce the opening of the 2009 KidWind Challenge. This design competition seeks middle and high school students interested in testing their engineering and scientific prowess as they build the most powerful and elegant student wind turbines ever constructed. All teams that register before February 25th will receive generators and basic equipment to start building turbines.

For more information, please visit the following website:

Earth Day 2009 T-Shirt Design Contest for Students
The National Environmental Science Education Center, Inc., sponsors this contest in which students use their creativity and imagination to celebrate Earth Day 2009. They compete in four divisions: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. The winning t-shirt design in each division will have his or her artwork appear on environmental t-shirts and win a $50 U.S. Savings Bond (Series EE). For the complete set of rules, go to their website and click on "contest."  

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