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Arlington, VA (PRWEB) July 26, 2014

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 greatest examples of employing NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope in science, technologies, engineering or mathematics education.

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Examples of Gold Star-winning merchandise incorporate:

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*Playground Planetarium: A curriculum that teaches elementary college students about constellations and the myths surrounding them. Younger students style and create their personal planetarium employing a dome-shaped playground climber, although older students analyze Hubble photos.

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*Twenty Years of Hubble: Middle college students generate a timeline of Hubble events and uncover new vocabulary utilizing foldable cards.

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

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The Prime Stars contest was conducted by the Institute for International Environmental Approaches (IGES) in cooperation with the Space Telescope Science Institute. Submissions had been accepted from men and women and from teams of up to 4 members, and incorporated any mixture of text, graphics, video and images.

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Gold Star status was awarded to the ideal of the best — as judged by IGES and NASA scientists and educators — from the entries selected as “Top Stars” throughout the contest’s 4 rounds of competition. The Showcase section of the Best Stars Net website — http://topstars.methods.org — consists of downloadable supplies from all Hubble activities selected as Leading Stars.

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

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*An official letter of commendation from NASA &#13

*An invitation to present their entry to other educators nationwide using the NASA Digital Learning Network &#13

*A pair of IMAX film tickets that can be used to see “Hubble 3D” and &#13

*A “Hubble 3D” film poster for classroom display.

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Educators selected as Gold Stars also will be featured in articles on NASA’s internet site.

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“All of our Gold Star and Top Star winners must be very proud of their perform,” stated Bonnie McClain, NASA Hubble education plan co-lead. “Educators and students around the planet will benefit from their powerful use of Hubble in high-good quality education items and activities.”

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The following is a comprehensive list of Gold Star winners:

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*Jacky Byatt, Houston, Texas: “Twenty Years of Hubble” (middle school)&#13

*C. Renee James, Huntsville, Texas: “The Life and Death of Bob (a.k.a NGC 6397) in an Introductory College-Level Astronomy Course” (undergraduate)&#13

*Sheree’ Kearns, Jacksonville, Fla.: “Galactic Brain Buster” (high school)&#13

*Joan Labay-Marquez, Boerne, Texas: “Playground Planetarium” (elementary college) &#13

*Carrie Murray, West Chester, Ohio: “Hubble Space Telescope Inspired Investigation Wiki Pages” (elementary college) &#13

*AmyJo Proctor, Ron Proctor and Stacy Palen, Ogden, Utah: “Expanded View” (informal education) &#13

*Stephanie Slater, Timothy Slater and Daniel Lyons, Laramie, Wyo.: “Making use of HST to Scaffold Student-driven Scientific Inquiry” (undergraduate)&#13

*Keith Turner, Noblesville, Ind.: “Adopt A Constellation: Final Project” (high school) &#13

Andrew Vandenheuvel, Coopersville, Mich.: “Make an HST Photo” (higher school) and&#13

*John Williams, Golden, Colo.: “Hubble Star Cards” and “StarryCritters – What do you see in the evening sky?” (informal education).

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For a lot more details, please visit:&#13

http://topstars.methods.org

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ABOUT THE HUBBLE SPACE TELESCOPE

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The thousands of stunning photos captured by Hubble given that its launch 20 years ago have made possible several breakthroughs in our understanding of the universe, and thanks to a current servicing mission Hubble is expected to reside on by way of at least 2014.

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ABOUT IGES

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Situated 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.

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Speak to&#13

Dan Stillman&#13

Institute for Global Environmental Methods&#13

(703) 312-7138 (Telephone)&#13

(703) 312-8657 (FAX)&#13

E-mail: dan_stillman(at)techniques(dot)org

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