Texas Space Grant Consortium Teacher Newsletter
Volume: 2, Issue: 4
Date: 02/11/2000

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Our congratulations on Shannon Miller for receiving the Teacher of the Year Award for Middle School. Shannon is TSGC GRACE Master Teacher, LiftOff Alumni and lives in Burnet, Texas. Great work Shannon!

Also, our congratulations to Jean Durrett for receiving the Presidential Award for Elementary Science! She is, obviously, a wonderful teacher. Jeanis a LiftOff Alumni and lives in Lubbock, Texas. Keep up the good work.

If you or someone you know has won an award or would like to be recognized for a special achievement, let us know and we will share the good news!

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

Come join us for a 2 day hands on workshop sponsored by the Texas Space Grant Consortium, Texas Agricultural Extension and Travis County 4-H Youth Program. Monday May 8, 2000 K-12 teachers learn hands on activities such as Toys in Space and Living & Working in Space. May 9, 2000 grades 5-12 teachers will learn Microgravity and Lunar/Meteorite activities for their students. Teachers may choose to attend only one or both days. Daily fee is $20 and includes breakfast, breaks, and lunch. For registration information visit the workshop website or e-mail Margaret Baguio at baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu.

GRACE On-Line Activity

Your kids, 12 and under, can win free stuff from the Texas Space Grant Consortium while they learn about space related information. February's topic is Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE). GRACE is a satellite that will launch in 2001 to measure the earth's gravity field. Have your students learn all about it! All they have to do is follow the instructions to win a neat space related prize. Have Fun!

6th Annual International Space Station Educators Conference

This two-day conference is only $100.00 on Feb. 4 & 5, 2000 for grades K-12. This conference includes presenters (scientists, astronauts, and educators) from around the country. Lunches, a Friday evening banquet, and all curriculum materials are included. Learn everything you ever wanted to know about the International Space Station and how to integrate it into your classroom. This conference is limited to the first 400 people, so register early! Early check-in available on the 3rd. Spend the day at a self-guided tour of Space Center Houston. For more information, Email: suetort@spacecenter.org or call 281-244-2149

Liftoff Summer Institute 2000 Application Deadline - February 29, 2000

Don't miss this wonderful educational/training workshop opportunity to come and investigate the mysteries of the Red Planet with the scientists and engineers at the forefront of the Mars and research exploration at LiftOff Summer Institute 2000: Return to Mars! The application deadline is February 29, 2000. Download it at the above URL or e-mail baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu with any questions.

Houston, We Have a Solution! A Free Satellite Broadcast

Houston, We Have a Solution! will explore several challenges through the eyes of the scientists and engineers who help solve them. We'll talk to the real heroes of space exploration - the men and women who find solutions before there is a problem as well as visit with scientists who work with the problems of the everyday. Visit the link above or call 703-503-7492 to register. February 29, 2000 at 1 p.m. EST

Students Can Measure the Sun's Shadow

The Sun will once again cross the Equator. People living in the northern hemisphere will celebrate the Spring or Vernal Equinox and continue to see longer days and warmer temperatures (we hope). Those in the southern hemisphere will celebrate the Fall or Autumnal Equinox. To mark this date we invite you to participate in our Noon Shadows on the Equinox Activity. Students will measure the Sun's shadow for one half hour before solar noon (not necessarily the same as "clock" noon!) and continue for several measurements past solar noon when they should see the Sun's shadow start to grow longer. You will find the "Noon Shadows Activity" on the LFSUN website in the TEACHERS section.

Happy Birthday Galileo - Special lessons

The birthday of Galileo Galilei is just around the corner. We're celebrating with a special episode of lessons that includes the Edible Leaning Tower of Pisa, Galileo Glasses, and Science Galileo-style.

Tour of the International Space Station Mock Up and Training Facility for America's Astronauts - February 23, 2000

Tour the International Space Station mockup and training facility. Each month (on the 3rd Wednesday of the month) you are invited to join our tour guide at Johnson Space Center (JSC) in Houston, Texas. You will be able to ask your questions during the tour and have them answered during the event. If you are not able to join us this month, we hope you can make next month's tour.

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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