Texas Space Grant Consortium Teacher Newsletter
Volume: 2, Issue: 6
Date: 03/10/2000

Table of Contents

Classroom Connect March 13-17

Classroom Connect is almost a "household" term with educators who integrate Internet resources and many of you are probably already familiar with their web site and products. NASA Quest is teaming up with Classroom Connect for a very special week, March 13-17, for Classroom Today's Focus of the Week: The Men and Women of the Space Team Online. Twelve men and women of NASA will be featured during this exciting week of interactive chats and web casts!

International Summer Workshop Opportunity (All expenses paid)
"The Mediterranean Basin" July 12-29, 2000
Le Londe les Moures, Vars France

Workshop Themes include global and regional climatology and meteorology, Ocean dynamics and the future of Earth's coastlines, Bio-geochemical cycles, Vegetation of the Mediterranean sea: the functioning of ecos7ystems, agricultural management, soil erosion and desertification, and the impact of forest fires, Aquatic resources and the problem of urbanization. This workshop's approach is Hands-on activities, projects, and fieldwork using PC laptops and will include 58 French educators at the secondary level and 44 additional educators from all over the world . Contact Deborah Daniels immediately if you think you might be interested in this opportunity by e-mail at ddaniels@nsta.org, by telephone at 703-312-9391, or by fax at 703-522-5413.

Freida Riley Award

Miss Freida J. Riley was a science and math teacher from Coalwood, West Virginia, who, for most of her career, taught while suffering from Hodgkin's Disease. Her impact upon her students is captured in the 1999 award-winning film October Sky. The purpose of the Freida J. Riley teacher Award is to identify and reward an American teacher who overcame tremendous adversity, or made an enormous sacrifice, in order to positively impact students. The recipient of the Freida J. Riley Teacher Award will receive the following recognition at International Space Day 2000, May 4 at the Air & Space Museum on the Mall in Washington, D.C Transportation to and from Washington, D.C., hotel, and meals. A $5000 check to be used as the recipient wishes. A sculpture award sponsored by the Christopher Columbus Fellowship Foundation, the Partnership for America's Future Inc., and presented by Iva Riley Dean, the sister of Freida J. Riley. Recognition nationally via the outreach of the participating sponsors.

Earthworks: Earth system science for secondary teachers & research scientists

Earthworks is a one-week workshop for new science teachers, which will be held June 18-24, 2000 in Jamestown, Colorado. It is designed primarily for "pre-service" (not yet licensed) and beginning in-service secondary science teachers, who are interested or involved in teaching Earth sciences. For the first time this year. The workshop offers an Earth system focus through field research, with much of the time spent outdoors. Teachers and scientists work together in small groups to design and conduct small research projects, building a learning community that is sustained throughout the school year and subsequent years. This is a unique opportunity to enhance teaching skills, share professional knowledge, and contribute to K-12 science education. The application deadline is April 15, 2000. Visit the website or email k12@terra.colorado.edu.

Space Amateur Radio Experiment (SAREX)

The Space Amateur Radio Experiment (SAREX) is a long-running program to use amateur radio equipment on board NASA's Space Shuttle, the Russian MIR space station, and the International Space Station to involve students in exchanging questions and answers with astronauts on orbit. More than 200 schools have participated to date. It is also used to conduct communications experiments with amateur radio operators on the ground.

Space Day 2000br>http://www.spaceday.com

Space Day 2000's unique educational initiative--the National Classroom--is underway! This year's educational program involves students in grades 4 through 6 applying math, science and technology skills to solve three Design Challenges to Living and Working in Space--the theme of Space Day 2000. Submit your students' solutions by March 31, 2000 if you and your students would like an opportunity to be recognized by Space Day.

Once and Future Moon Wallsheet

What did we learn about the moon from the Apollo, Clementine, and Lunar Prospector programs? Find out from the NASA educational wallsheet "Once and Future Moon." Moon facts, classroom activities and the top ten scientific discoveries made during Apollo exploration of the Moon are all included in this poster available on NASA Spacelink.

Internet Explorations: Biofeedback (Grades 6-8)

Microgravity presents a hostile environment for space travelers. The use of biofeedback through NASA's Autogenic Feedback Training System (AFTS) is a method for the prevention of space motion sickness. Because microgravity stresses human physiology, it is a significant factor in the training of flight crews about to live and work in space for long periods of time. This activity allows students to investigate research related to microgravity and the control of motion sickness through biofeedback. Students learn to access the Internet and use it as a tool to learn more about this topic.

Mannequin Madness (Grades 3-5)

Imagine that you are an astronaut trainee. How can you train yourself to function even if you are dizzy or sick? Since many astronauts get motion sickness during the first few days of space flight, research at NASA is helping astronauts to minimize the decreased mental and physical performance that accompanies motion sickness. Mannequin Madness is one of three related Stellar activities in which students imagine they are astronaut trainees and do "astronaut" performance tests that would help them function even if they became dizzy or got motion sickness during space flight.

Rockets: Physical Science Teacher's Guide with Activities:

This is an WWW version of a complete teacher unit, with activities, on rockets. Includes all background information, objectives, lists of materials needed, pictures, and additional projects having to do with rockets. Target audience: Grades 4-12. This is also provided as a set of files saved in Adobe Acrobat's portable document format (Also available as PDF).

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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