NASA Gives 'Gold Stars' to Top Hubble Education Products

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Fourteen educators have claimed "Gold Star" honors in the NASA-sponsored Top Stars contest, which invited U.S. formal and informal educators to submit their best examples of using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in science, technology, engineering or mathematics education.

Fourteen educators have claimed "Gold Star" honors in the NASA-sponsored Top Stars contest, which invited U.S. formal and informal educators to submit their best examples of using NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in science, technology, engineering or mathematics education.

Examples of Gold Star-winning products include:

*Playground Planetarium: A curriculum that teaches elementary school students about constellations and the myths surrounding them. Younger students design and create their own planetarium using a dome-shaped playground climber, while older students analyze Hubble images.

*Twenty Years of Hubble: Middle school students create a timeline of Hubble events and discover new vocabulary using foldable cards.

*The Life and Death of Bob (a.k.a.NGC 6397): A slide show and supplemental images chronicle the use of Hubble images through a semester-long, college-level introductory astronomy course.

The Top Stars contest was conducted by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in cooperation with the Space Telescope Science Institute. Submissions were accepted from individuals and from teams of up to four members, and included any combination of text, graphics, video and photos.

Gold Star status was awarded to the best of the best -- as judged by IGES and NASA scientists and educators -- from the entries selected as "Top Stars" during the contest's four rounds of competition. The Showcase section of the Top Stars Web site -- http://topstars.strategies.org -- includes downloadable materials from all Hubble activities selected as Top Stars.

Gold Star winners receive the following prizes (in addition to previously awarded Top Stars prizes):

*An official letter of commendation from NASA;
*An invitation to present their entry to other educators nationwide using the NASA Digital Learning Network;
*A pair of IMAX movie tickets that can be used to see "Hubble 3D;" and
*A "Hubble 3D" movie poster for classroom display.

Educators selected as Gold Stars also will be featured in articles on NASA's website.

"All of our Gold Star and Top Star winners should be extremely proud of their work," said Bonnie McClain, NASA Hubble education plan co-lead. "Educators and students around the world will benefit from their effective use of Hubble in high-quality education products and activities."

The following is a complete list of Gold Star winners:

*Jacky Byatt, Houston, Texas: "Twenty Years of Hubble" (middle school);
*C. Renee James, Huntsville, Texas: "The Life and Death of Bob (a.k.a NGC 6397) in an Introductory College-Level Astronomy Course" (undergraduate);
*Sheree' Kearns, Jacksonville, Fla.: "Galactic Brain Buster" (high school);
*Joan Labay-Marquez, Boerne, Texas: "Playground Planetarium" (elementary school);
*Carrie Murray, West Chester, Ohio: "Hubble Space Telescope Inspired Research Wiki Pages" (elementary school);
*AmyJo Proctor, Ron Proctor and Stacy Palen, Ogden, Utah: "Expanded View" (informal education);
*Stephanie Slater, Timothy Slater and Daniel Lyons, Laramie, Wyo.: "Using HST to Scaffold Student-driven Scientific Inquiry" (undergraduate);
*Keith Turner, Noblesville, Ind.: "Adopt A Constellation: Final Project" (high school);
Andrew Vandenheuvel, Coopersville, Mich.: "Make an HST Photo" (high school); and
*John Williams, Golden, Colo.: "Hubble Star Cards" and "StarryCritters - What do you see in the night sky?" (informal education).

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

ABOUT THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE

The thousands of stunning images captured by Hubble since its launch 20 years ago have made possible numerous breakthroughs in our understanding of the universe, and thanks to a recent servicing mission Hubble is expected to live on through at least 2014.

ABOUT IGES

Located in Arlington, Va., IGES was established in 1994 and is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization supported by public and private entities. IGES is a trusted leader in Earth and space science education, communication and outreach, and in fostering national and international cooperation in observing the Earth.

CONTACT
Dan Stillman
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
(703) 312-7138 (Phone)
(703) 312-8657 (FAX)
Email: dan_stillman(at)strategies(dot)org

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