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NASA says International Space Station experiment “Spiders in Space” inspires Children, Spider Man Fans

 

Written by Laura Niles
International Space Station Program Science Office and Public Affairs Office
NASA’s Johnson Space Center

NASA - National Aeronautics and Space AdministrationHouston, TX – While spiders were busy spinning webs in space, researchers on Earth weaved their knowledge of this activity into educational materials to inspire and motivate students.

Now, this free, Web-based guide is being re-released through Scholastic and Sony Pictures as curriculum for educators to leap on the excitement surrounding the release of the film, “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.”

For those who may have missed it, this guide’s inspiration came from real science using spiders in space.

And although the spiders were exposed to microgravity and radiation in space, they did not morph into mutants; rather, they adapted quite well and provided a biology lesson learned around the world.

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Austin Peay State University to offer Tutoring to the Community

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University is now offering one-on-one tutoring to the general public through the University’s Academic Support Center. Sessions are $15.00 an hour and are held in the Writing Center, located on the main floor of APSU’s Woodward Library.

The tutors, who are APSU students, offer assistance in their fields of study and cover a wide variety of topics, with extensive offerings in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) areas. «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay State University provost Dr. Tristan Denley to take position as vice chancellor at Tennessee Board of Regents

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – APSU’s chief academic official, Dr. Tristan Denley who currently serves as Provost, has informed the campus community that he has accepted a position with the Tennessee Board of Regents (TBR) as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs, pending an official vote by the TBR.

Tentative plans are for Denley to begin in his new role with TBR in August.

Dr. Tristan Denley

Dr. Tristan Denley

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Clarksville-Montgomery County School System gets Grant to Cover Dual Enrollment Costs for STEM Academy, Middle College Students

 

Clarksville-Montgomery County School SystemNashville, TN – The Clarksville-Montgomery County School System has received a $40,000 grant to pay for STEM Academy and Middle College High School’s students’ fees for dual enrollment in college courses.

The Tennessee College Access and Success Network awarded a total of $412,426 this week to six schools, two higher education institutions and four nonprofits in its third annual grant competition, raising the total amount of Race to the Top funds awarded by the Network to more than $1.6 million. «Read the rest of this article»

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APSU holds topping-off event at new Maynard Mathematics and Computer Science Building

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University held a topping-off ceremony Tuesday, April 16th at the construction site of the new Maynard Mathematics and Computer Science Building.

James Maynard, a 1956 alumnus, local business and APSU supporter for whom the building is named, was the first to sign during the event.

James Maynard — the first to sign during Tuesday's topping-off ceremony at the Maynard Mathematics and Computer Science Building at APSU — is surrounded by some of his grandchildren. (Photo by Beth Liggett, APSU photographer)

James Maynard — the first to sign during Tuesday’s topping-off ceremony at the Maynard Mathematics and Computer Science Building at APSU — is surrounded by some of his grandchildren. (Photo by Beth Liggett, APSU photographer)

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Hemlock Semiconductor Corporation and Austin Peay State Univerity STEM Job Fairs

 

Charter School and Virtual School Legislation take the spotlight this week

Tennessee State Representative - District 67Nashville, TN – Tennessee State Representative Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) will propose an amendment to House Bill 0151/Senate Bill 0157 proposed by the Department of Education regarding virtual schools.

The administration’s proposal to address poorly performing virtual schools will allow the Department of Education to institute enrollment caps, or direct the local school district to close the virtual school if it fails to achieve certain student growth benchmarks two academic years in a row. «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay State University to hold Career Fair for students in STEM field

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University College of Science and Mathematics will host a career fair from 10:00am to 2:00pm on February 27th, in the Morgan University Center Ballroom.

The event will allow students to meet with regional employers to discuss career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields. «Read the rest of this article»

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Northeast Middle School Students Place First in STEM Competition

 

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Tennessee State Representative - House District 67Clarksville, TN – The Northeast Middle School Robotics Class needs our help. In December last year, these highly talented and motivated students placed first in the robot programming category in Memphis, TN, which is quite a feat for this young program.

Led by educators Polly Kopp and Whitney Joyner, the success of these students offers them a chance to compete in the LEGO Open Invitational Tournament in California this May.

As background, the Robotics class competes in the First Lego League. «Read the rest of this article»

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Applications sought for June Science and Math Academy at APSU

 

Austin Peay State University

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – Austin Peay State University and the Tennessee Board of Regents will sponsor the Science and Mathematics Academy (SAMA), a free two-week summer program for interested area high school students, from June 3rd – 15th.

SAMA will allow high school students, who will be 10th- and 11th-graders in Fall 2012, to obtain an enhanced view of science and math skills, free of charge. Participants will live in an APSU residence hall, take college courses, attend various events, take college entrance exams, meet faculty and make new friends. «Read the rest of this article»

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Austin Peay State University to host Great STEM Challenge Exposition on April 3rd

 

Austin Peay State UniversityClarksville, TN – The Austin Peay State University STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Center will host the Great STEM Challenge Exposition from 6:30pm to 8:30pm on April 3rd in the campus’ Dunn Center.

The University’s science, engineering and mathematics faculty will interview the student teams from STEM classes in local elementary and middle schools. «Read the rest of this article»

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