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STELLAR Awards Submission

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Written by dpiecka
17 Jun 2012

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Recruitment of STELLAR Award Nominees

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Guidelines

The guidelines section is divided into three areas: eligibility, format submissions, and review criteria. Additional information about the STELLAR Awards can be found under additional topic areas.  Please refer to the STELLAR Awards Recruitment, Entry Form, FAQ, Judging Criteria, and Contact topcs located at the top of the blog for additional information.

Eligibility: The NASATalk STELLAR Awards are open to individuals, and teams of up to four people who are at least 18 years old and U.S. citizens. Employees of CET and NASA, or their contractors, are not eligible.

Format submissions: Entries can include web links to multiple types of files including a mixture of the following.

  • Text (e.g., rtf, doc, pdf, dat)
  • Graphics (e.g., jpeg, gif)
  • Audio files (e.g., mp3, wav)
  • Video (e.g., avi, mpg, swf) or video content (e.g., links to YouTube, TeacherTube, etc.)
  • Photo (e.g., jpeg, gif) or photo content (e.g., links to Flikr, Picassa, etc.)
  • Link to a Website where the entry is located

Review criteria: The following categories will be used to review and select entries for the STELLAR Awards. (See the STELLAR Awards Rubric.) The review will emphasize a holistic overview of the entry submission.

1. Clarity, readability and completeness: This category relates to the thoroughness of the entry’s submission.

2. Elaboration: This category refers to the care, precision, and level of detail of the submission.

3. Storytelling value to other teachers (should be inspirational): This category refers to the entry’s ability to extend to another educator’s classroom or learning environment through the recounting of the lesson in a story-like venue.

4. Demonstrated innovation. This criterion for the STELLAR Awards pertains to original ways to use NASA resources in combination with educational technology. For this category, NASATalk is seeking brand new and innovative ways to blend these areas and engage students.

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Recruitment of STELLAR Award Nominees

Nominate an educator for the STELLAR Awards or complete your own entry form. Review the STELLAR Awards Recruitment Letter.

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STELLAR Awards Entry Form

Download the STELLAR Awards Entry Form in Word format. The Entry Form is divided into the following sections:

  1. Contact Information
  2. NASA Contact Resource And Educational Technology Utilized
  3. Lesson Plans and Standards Reflection
  4. Acknowledgement of Right to Use

Please complete all sections of the form. If you submit student work for students under 18-years old, please be sure to send in the Minor Model Release Form for all student work.

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FAQ

Please review the FAQ for answers to commonly asked questions about the STELLAR Awards. Please contact NASATalk if you have further questions about the STELLAR Awards program.

DO I HAVE TO REGISTER TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY FORM?

WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER?

DO YOU HAVE TO BE A K-12 TEACHER TO ENTER?

WHAT IS AN ENTRY?

WHAT LANGUAGE SHOULD BE USED FOR ENTRY SUBMISSIONS?

HOW DO I SUBMIT AN ENTRY?

IF I DON'T GET SELECTED CAN I REVISE AND RESUBMIT AN ENTRY?

HOW MANY STELLAR AWARDS WILL BE GRANTED?

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY REVIEW IS SELECTED FOR A STELLAR AWARD?

CAN I SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE ENTRY?

HOW MANY EDUCATORS CAN COLLABORATE ON A SINGLE ENTRY?

WHEN CAN I SUBMIT AN ENTRY?

HOW CAN I EDIT AN ENTRY?

WHAT IS THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR THE STELLAR AWARDS ENTRIES?

HOW WILL YOU ANNOUNCE THE STELLAR AWARDS RECIPIENTS?

WHO REVIEWS AND SELECTS THE STELLAR AWARDS ENTRIES?

HOW MANY FILES CAN BE UPLOADED/SENT?

WHAT IS THE SIZE LIMITATION FOR THE FILE UPLOAD/SEND?


DO I HAVE TO REGISTER TO SUBMIT AN ENTRY FORM?
Yes, all educators must register to submit an entry form. The registration information assists NASATalk in contacting educators about awards, clarifications, and other questions.

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WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ENTER?
The NASATalk STELLAR Awards are open to individuals, and teams of up to four people, who are at least 18 years old and U.S. citizens. Employees of CET and NASA, or their contractors, are not eligible.

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DO YOU HAVE TO BE A K-12 TEACHER TO ENTER?
No. The NASATalk STELLAR Awards are open to both informal and formal (elementary-college) educators of all age and grade levels. Educators of all levels are encouraged to enter.

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WHAT IS AN ENTRY?
An entry is the successful submission of a STELLAR Awards Entry Form.

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WHAT LANGUAGE SHOULD BE USED FOR ENTRY SUBMISSIONS?
Please submit all entries and their files in English.

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HOW DO I SUBMIT AN ENTRY?

STELLAR Awards Entry Forms and attachments should be emailed to nasatalk@cet.edu.

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IF I DON'T GET SELECTED CAN I REVISE AND RESUBMIT AN ENTRY?
Yes, entries can be revised and re-submitted.

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HOW MANY STELLAR AWARDS WILL BE GRANTED?

Monthly, one entry will receive a STELLAR Award. In addition, two honorable mention awards will be given.

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WHAT HAPPENS IF MY REVIEW IS SELECTED FOR A STELLAR AWARD?
Educators whose entries are selected for a STELLAR Award will receive the following recognition and awards:

  • Their entry will be featured online in the STELLAR Award Winners section of the STELLAR Awards site.
  • The award recipient will receive a $100 cash stipend. Two honorable mention recipients will receive $50 cash stipends each.
  • Educators who receive an award may use the NASATalk STELLAR Awards logo on their resume/portfolio.
  • STELLAR Awards recipients will be invited to discuss their entries on the NASATalk web site.
  • More TBA.

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CAN I SUBMIT MORE THAN ONE ENTRY?
Certainly! As long as the lesson uses both NASA resources and educational technology, we encourage you to submit the review.

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HOW MANY EDUCATORS CAN COLLABORATE ON A SINGLE ENTRY?
Up to four educators can collaborate on a single entry. For each entry, there is a single point of contact identified by the Your Name field in the entry form. Three more names may be added in the Team Members line of the entry form.

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WHEN CAN I SUBMIT AN ENTRY?
NASATalk accepts submissions on a rolling basis and announces awards monthly.

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WHAT IS THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE FOR THE STELLAR AWARDS ENTRIES?
NASATalk accepts submissions on a rolling basis and announces awards monthly.

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HOW WILL YOU ANNOUNCE THE STELLAR AWARDS RECIPIENTS?
Educators will be notified via email if they have been selected as a STELLAR Award recipient. Please make sure your contact information on the entry form is correct.

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WHO REVIEWS AND SELECTS THE STELLAR AWARDS ENTRIES?
We will recruit volunteers from the NASA education community to serve as reviewers. These reviewers will select the STELLAR Awards entries to be recognized based on the criteria listed under the Judging Criteria.

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HOW MANY FILES CAN BE UPLOADED/SENT?
Only one file can be sent with the STELLAR Awards email to nasatalk@cet.edu. We encourage STELLAR Awards submitters to post their media files to their favorite media sites.  Links for these files should be entered on the STELLAR Awards Entry Form.

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WHAT IS THE SIZE LIMITATION FOR THE FILE UPLOAD/SEND?
The maximum file size for file upload is 10MB.

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Judging Criteria/Rubric

The following categories will be used to review and select entries for the STELLAR Awards. (See the STELLAR Awards Rubric.) The review will emphasize a holistic overview of the entry submission.

  1. Clarity, readability and completeness
    • Each field in the submission is appropriately completed.
    • Responses are clearly worded, concise, and readable. (Appropriate consideration will be given for entries written by non-native English users).
    • Entries represent a logical and coherent approach in planning and executing the learning activity.
  2. Elaboration
    • Submission goes beyond basic requirements.
    • Entry uses elaborate detail, without being wordy
    • Responses reflect high levels of thinking.
    • Responses expand on main ideas.
  3. Storytelling value to other teachers (should be inspirational)
    • Responses paint a vivid picture of the learning activity and showcase best practices in using NASA content resources and edtech.
    • The submitted activity reflects considerable planning and organization.
    • Responses convey an inspirational message, encouraging other teachers to try the activity.
    • Responses convey a unique insight into the learning activity.
  4. Demonstrated innovation
    • Learning activity was conducted in an innovative way using different forms of educational technology (graphics, audio files, videos, or other multimedia form) combined with text.
    • Responses provide unique insights about using the learning activities in the content area.
    • Submission demonstrates originality.
    • Learning activity demonstrates exemplary use of edtech.
  5. Reflection on student learning outcomes
    • Entry reflection provides evidence of student learning and/or skill building.
    • Reflection responses provide evidence of student engagement.
    • Submission demonstrates evidence of increased learner interest in STEM topics and careers

Rubric

Scoring:
4 – Exceeds requirements
3 – Shows tremendous effort in meeting requirements
2 – Meets requirements
1 – Shows little effort in meeting requirements
0 – Fails to meet requirements

 

Category/Comments

Score

4 3 2 1 0

 

Description

Clarity, readability and completeness

 

Comments:

 

 

Indicators to consider:

  • Each field in the submission is appropriately completed.
  • Responses are clearly worded, concise, and readable. (Appropriate consideration will be given for entries written by non-native English users).
  • Entries represent a logical and coherent approach in planning and executing the learning activity.

Elaboration

Comments:

Indicators to consider:

  • Submission goes beyond basic requirements.
  • Entry uses elaborate detail, without being wordy
  • Responses reflect high levels of thinking.
  • Responses expand on main ideas.

Storytelling value to other teachers (should be inspirational)

 

Comments:

Indicators to consider:

  • Responses paint a vivid picture of the learning activity and showcase best practices in using NASA content resources and edtech.
  • The submitted activity reflects considerable planning and organization.
  • Responses convey an inspirational message, encouraging other teachers to try the activity.
  • Responses convey a unique insight into the learning activity.

Demonstrated innovation

 

Comments:

Indicators to consider:

  • Learning activity was conducted in an innovative way using different forms of educational technology (graphics, audio files, videos, or other multimedia form) combined with text.
  • Responses provide unique insights about using the learning activities in the content area.
  • Submission demonstrates originality.
  • Learning activity demonstrates exemplary use of edtech.

Reflection on student learning outcomes

 

Comments:

Indicators to consider:

  • Entry reflection provides evidence of student learning and/or skill building.
  • Reflection responses provide evidence of student engagement.
  • Submission demonstrates evidence of increased learner interest in STEM topics and careers.

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Contact NASATalk

Contact us about your additional concerns and questions related to the STELLAR Awards.

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