COMMONWEALTH OF VIRGINIA

DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION

P.O. BOX 2120

RICHMOND, VIRGINIA 23218-2120

PRINS. MEMO NO. 52

September 10, 2002

ELEMENTARY / MIDDLE / SECONDARY

TO:

Principals

 

FROM:

Patricia I. Wright

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 

SUBJECT:

Upcoming Science Opportunities

 

This memorandum contains information related to the following topics:

 

 

Team America Rocketry Challenge


The Team America Rocketry Challenge is the first national model rocket competition for U. S. high school and junior high school students. Five winning student teams will share a total prize pool of approximately $50,000 in savings bonds and their supervising teachers departments will share $9,000 in cash.

 

The challenge involves designing, building, and flying a model rocket that takes two raw eggs as close as possible to 1500 feet. Detailed information about the contest is available at www.rocketcontest.org. The application deadline to enter the contest is November 15, 2002. The contest is sponsored by the Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry.

 

Fall Conference for Virginia Association of Science Teachers

 

The Virginia Association of Science Teachers (VAST) 2002 conference will take place November 7-9, 2002, at the Richmond Marriott. With the theme Science and the Environment there will be a wide variety of field trips, concurrent sessions, exhibits, and dynamic general sessions. In addition VAST will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary. For up to date information log onto the VAST home page at www.VAST.org

 

Grants for Implementation of Watershed Experiences in Schools

 

A new grants program, with a simple application procedure, is sponsored by the Virginia Resource Use Education Council and the Department of Environmental Quality to provide teachers with small amounts of money for environmental education. Any school or school division is encouraged to apply for grants of $500, $750 or $1,000 for the purpose of conducting meaningful outdoor experiences with their students. Activities that are eligible for funding include restoration, enhancement, protection and monitoring projects and investigative or experimental design activities that foster academic success, reinforce responsible citizenship,

and give children the tools they need to contribute to a healthy and enduring environment. Funding is provided by the Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation through the Environmental Protection Agency's Chesapeake Bay Program, the Virginia Environmental Endowment and Smithfield Foods.

 

The due date for the next round of grants is January 15, 2003. Applications are available online at http://www.vanaturally.com/classroomgrants.html

 

For further information about any items mentioned in this memorandum, please contact Delores Dunn (mailto:ddalton@mail.vak12ed.edu), secondary science specialist, at 804-371-0778.

PIW/DUD