Texas Space Grant Consortium Teacher Newsletter
Volume: 2, Issue: 12
Date: 06/05/2000

Table of Contents

Dive With a Research Submarine

Don't miss these two exciting Webcasts in June! Mark your calendar to Dive into National Oceans Day, June 8th, with NASA Oceanography and the Sustainable Seas Expeditions online. We will take you to California's Anacapa Island in NOAA's Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary and the Channel Islands National Park. Enjoy a great virtual underwater adventure as we meet up with the DeepWorker, a one-person submarine. Viewers can ask live questions of the submarine pilot and a scuba diver in the Internet chat room. A second Webcast event is planned for June 30th from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary off the central California coast. We will explore this amazing underwater environment, again with the DeepWorker, and you will learn first-hand why this is such a special place. See it live on the Internet via RealMedia technologies

President's Council Teacher Professional Development Awards
Deadline: June 30, 2000

The President's Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ), in partnership with the National Environmental Education & Training Foundation (NEETF), announces a new program of Environmental Education Teacher Professional Development Awards. This program identifies outstanding K-12 teachers who are environmental educators and/or use the environment as an integrating context for learning for their students. One teacher from each state and six additional jurisdictions (Washington, DC; Puerto Rico; Department of Defense Dependent Schools; Department of State Overseas Schools; Bureau of Indian Affairs Schools; and U.S. Territories as a group - American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, and the Virgin Islands) will be selected for this honor. Awardees will receive a Certificate of Merit and an award of $1000 to be used for their own professional development. Teachers interested in applying can find an application packet on the above reference url.

Astrobiology: The Origin and Early Evolution of Life
University Park, PA
June 26-30, 2000

The workshop will cover a mix of topics ranging from prebiotic chemistry to Precambrian geology to molecular phylogeny (the classification of organisms based on their RNA and DNA). The overall goal of the workshop will be to introduce teachers to the current thinking about the origins and early evolution of life in a way that they can pass on to their students.

Galaxies and Cosmology for Science Teachers July 17-21, 2000

The workshop begins with an understanding of our Milky Way Galaxy any proceeds outward to study other galaxies, galaxy clusters, and distant quasars. The origins and evolution of the Universe itself is described in the context of Big Bang cosmology

Become a Webwatcher

NSTA will conduct a three-year program to train a cadre of teachers to become webwatchers. This cadre - selected for their knowledge of science, education, and technology - will research and select web sites which can be integrated into science curricula, and they will share the fruits of their research with other teachers through the sciLINKS web site. Cadre members will receive travel and lodging expenses, a daily per diem, and a $60/day stipend for the 11 days of the Institute. The first Institute will be held this summer from July 17 to 28 and will focus on grades 7-12 educators. In the summer of 2001, grades K-6 educators will be added to the mix. If you would like to be considered for this summer's Institute, please complete the application form located at the above url by June 5, 2000. You will be asked to review a web page using criteria derived from NSTA's highly successful sciLINKS program, and you will need to clip and paste your c.v. or resume.

Leadership Workshop for Digital Library for Earth System Education

As part of the community-wide effort to develop a Digital Library for Earth System Education (DLESE), Montana State University is hosting a Leadership Workshop: Building the Community, which will be held June 28 - July 2, 2000 in Boseman, MT. The conference program includes several sets of simultaneous sessions to guide library design. The conference conveners seek representatives from the breadth of the DLESE community to participate in each of these sessions (e.g., K-16 education; system design, etc.).

Share Your Ideas

Do you have a science or math Web site you've found especially helpful to your students? Send us the URL address and the grade level it best serves. We'll pass it on. Ideas should be sent to space_edu@tsgc.utexas.edu.

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