Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Discovery Education Winners

Discovery Education and 3M Announce America's Top Young Scientist and Top Science Teacher - SpaceRef - This gives the results on the competition at NASA GSFC that SpaceRef had a press release for recently. From the more recent press release:

Presented with multiple rounds of space-themed challenges, students and teachers were evaluated by a panel of judges on their science skills and their ability to share scientific knowledge with others both in-person and on-camera.

In addition to the major first prizes for students ($50,000) and teachers ($5,000 and products), there were a number of other prizes. They all sound good; I'll just sample a few with the most space content:

-- Margaret Botros from Wichita, KS won the Lowell Observatory "Star Gazer" prize, allowing her to get a behind-the-scenes look at Lowell Observatory in Flagstaff, AZ.
-- Michael Koehler from Allison Park, PA won the National Park Service "Space to Sea Adventure" prize, allowing him to see a shuttle launch at NASA's Kennedy Space Center and assist National Park Service biologists at Canaveral National Seashore.
-- Jack Uesugi from Wahiawa, HI won the Discovery Commerce "Reach for the Stars" prize, awarding him a state-of-the-art Celestron NexStar 6SE Telescope.