Top Stars: Are You One?
The Hubble Space Telescope floats against the blackness of space

Educators are invited to submit inspiring uses of NASA's Hubble Space Telescope in education. Image Credit: NASA

Scientists are not the only ones who have benefited from the thousands of images NASA's Hubble Space Telescope has captured since its launch in 1990. The images, which have made possible numerous breakthroughs in our understanding of the universe, have inspired and engaged educators and students as well.

The May 2009 servicing mission will extend the lifetime of Hubble by at least five more years. The Top Stars contest encourages U.S. formal (K-12, college) and informal educators to submit their best examples of using Hubble in science, technology, engineering or mathematics education. Entries also may relate to other subjects, such as art, English language arts, history, etc.

"Hubble is an ideal teaching tool. Its images fascinate and capture the attention of young minds and can be used to introduce science across a broad range of disciplines," said Bonnie McClain, NASA Hubble education plan co-lead. "Top Stars is an exciting way to recognize educators of all disciplines who have inspired students in creative and relevant lessons that make connections to Hubble."

Entries will be accepted from May 2009 to January 2010 -- both from individuals and from teams of up to four members. The submissions may include any combination of text, graphics, video and photos. Selected entries will be recognized as "Top Stars." Educators selected as Top Stars will have their entry featured on the Top Stars Web site and will receive the following recognition and awards:

-- A high-quality photo print (48 inches by 24 inches) of a Hubble image.
-- An invitation to attend via teleconference a special briefing by a Hubble scientist or engineer.
-- Recognition as Top Stars on NASA Web sites.

NASA is sponsoring the Top Stars contest. It is a project of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Arlington, Va., which is conducting the contest in cooperation with the Space Telescope Science Institute.

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, NASA scientists, and educators will review the entries. They will select Top Stars periodically during the contest period according to the following schedule:

Entries submitted by:      Awards announced:
May 29, 2009                      June 30, 2009
Aug. 30, 2009                     Sept. 30, 2009
Nov. 30, 2009                     Dec. 18, 2009
Jan. 2, 2010                        Jan. 28, 2010

In addition, the reviewers will select the top 10 Top Stars, who will be recognized as "Gold Stars." These educators will receive additional prizes and recognition, including 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. An article on NASA's Web site will feature educators selected as Gold Stars.

"We want to recognize these outstanding educators by showcasing their use of Hubble for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education," said Theresa Schwerin, associate director for education at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies. "We also hope the contest will inspire new users and uses of Hubble in education."

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

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Dan Stillman, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies