Texas Space Grant Consortium Teacher Newsletter
Volume: 2, Issue: 8
Date: 04/07/2000

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TSGC Teacher Survey Grand Prize Winner!!!!!

Congratulations to Bernadette Walterscheid of Muenster, Texas for winning the TSGC Teacher Survey Grand Prize (a poster set, coffee mug, 30 GRACE pencils, and a space ruler). Other winners include 1st prize: Candis Allen and Linette Calhoun; 2nd prize: Gus Becker, Judy Lee, and Deborah Lewis; and 3rd prize: 17 additional winners. If you have not had a chance to complete the survey please do so before April 21st. We value your opinion. Remember, complete the name and address section and you will be entered into the Grand Prize drawing!

Aerospace Workshop, Austin Texas, May 8 & 9, 2000

Take advantage of this outstanding educational opportunity! Teachers in Space training will be held in Austin, Texas on May 8 and May 9, 2000. We have a few spots remaining for teachers. Angelo Casaburri, educator with the Johnson Space Center, will be presenting the following hands-on workshop information: Toys in Space II, Living & Working in Space, Microgravity, and Lunar/Meteorite. To reserve your place, call 800-248-8742.

View Inside Mars reveals rapid cooling and buried channels

Some of Mars' best kept secrets, long buried beneath the surface of the red planet, were recently revealed by instruments on NASA's Mars Global Surveyor spacecraft. New observations of Mars reveal that the planet's flat northern lowlands were an early zone of high heat flow that later may have been the site of rapid water accumulation. Elevation and gravity measurements, which have been used to probe beneath the surface of Mars, indicate a period of rapid cooling early in Martian history. There is also evidence for large, buried channels that could have formed from the flow of enormous volumes of water.

Goldstone-Apple Valley Radio Telescope Project (GAVRT) 2000

The Lewis Center for Educational Research (LCER) in partnership with NASA and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory is offering the Goldstone-Apple Valley Radio Telescope (GAVRT) project that enables middle and high school students to operate and control a 34-meter radio telescope located at NASA's Deep Space Communication Complex at Goldstone, California. Students, using a computer in their classroom, control the telescope via an Internet connection to the LCER Mission Control in Apple Valley, California. Up to 24 teachers per training session will be selected to attend in-depth training at the LCER or our regional training site at Auburn University, AL. Visit their website for information for the annual training sessions.

Tour the Cosmos

Tour the Cosmos is the place to see the latest Hubble Space Telescope images. It is a multimedia program about Hubble Telescope's recent findings on the evolution of extrasolar planetary systems. Hear and see the discoveries from the astronomers themselves. Among the titles are Spinning Stardust into Planets, Hubble Goes Deep, and Life's Cosmic Origins.

Exploring Meteorite Mysteries

The study of meteorites provides a unifying theme that links almost every aspect of Earth and planetary science with mathematics, physics, chemistry and even biology. This educator guide provides information and activities related to meteorites and their origins, whether it be Mars, asteroids, or the moon.

Classroom of The Future

The website for NASA's Classroom of the Future highlights technology activities such as workshops, news and events, CD-ROMs, 21st Century Teacher Initiative, the Challenger Learning Center, and related NASA technology programs.

Hang your Students Space Art

Hang your classroom's space art in the art gallery, share your space adventure stories or catch the latest news and science for your students.

Community Involvement Programs

The Community Involvement Program is an extended event featuring lecture/ demonstrations with NASA models and equipment, teacher enhancement workshops, hands-on classroom visits, and programs for the general public, involving not only schools, but service clubs, local government officials, and the private sector in a community-wide program that places special emphasis on the educational value of the Nation's space program.

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 the TSGC newsletter at tsgc_teachers@www.csr.utexas.edu.

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Last Modified: Fri Apr 07, 2000