Texas Space Grant Consortium Teacher Newsletter
Volume: 2, Issue: 10
Date: 05/08/2000

Table of Contents

Dr. Art's Guide to Planet Earth

The following education resources are on topics related to NASA's Earth Science Program. A listing here does not imply an endorsement, but is provided only for information purposes. Dr. Art's Guide to Planet Earth is billed "For Earthlings ages 12-120" provides an introduction to the concept of Earth system science. Chapters are richly illustrated with color graphics, figures, and diagrams on the following subjects: Matter Cycles, Energy Flows, Life Webs, Think Globally, and Act Locally. An accompanying Website Features animations, brainers, and experiments that will enrich your Experience of the book.

Explore the Origins of Life in the Solar System

The Solar System Educators Program (SSEP) gives 20 teachers a chance to explore the origins of our solar system with the scientists who leading breakthrough projects such as the Cassini mission to Saturn. Solar System Educators receive training at a four-day, all-expenses paid Institute at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, plus training throughout the year via the Internet.

The program is open to K-12 educators and those from the informal education community (museums, science centers, learning centers, planetariums, etc.) with a strong background in teaching science or math and in teacher training. The institute will be held Aug. 2-5. All applications must be received by 4 p.m. (EST) May 19.

Teacher Voices 2000: Making a Difference, Shaping the Future
Thursday, May 11, 2000 ~ 8:00 - 9:00 p.m. ET

A live teleconference featuring U.S. Secretary of, Education Richard Riley and six National Teachers of the Year from the 1950's to the present. How can we ensure that there is a talented, high-quality teacher in every classroom in the nation? Schools and communities have been asking this question for many years. Every decade presents new challenges and opportunities for our nation's schools and teachers - from Sputnik to standards, from equity to school violence. And the lessons from the past can offer insights for the future. This very special one-hour program will look at what must be done to recruit talented people to become teachers, provide for their education, guide their entry into the profession, and ensure their continued professional growth. Use our on-line registration system to register your participation.

Digital Library for Earth System Education

If you haven't had a chance, take a look at the plans for DLESE, the Digital Library for Earth System Education, The library is in its startup phase and needs participation from educators across all disciplines, kindergarten - graduate. Please register as a community member and sign up for one of the discussion groups - it's a great time to get involved!

Teacher Training on Applied Earth System Science

The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is offering a one-week (July 9-14, 2000) interdisciplinary workshop on Earth system science aimed at preparing pre-service education students and in-service teachers. The objective of this interdisciplinary teacher-training course is to develop in students an understanding of the Earth processes shaping the past, present, and future. The course provides hands-on training and experience in applied environmental problem-solving through field work, lab practicals, and space-based technology. Sixteen participants will be selected. Minorities and women are strongly encouraged to apply, as well as those who teach Earth science to communities under-represented in science education. Teachers who are accepted into the program have their tuition and room and board underwritten by the NASA grant. Successful participants will be awarded one college credit for pre-service or 55 hours of continuing education credit/contact time for in-service participants. To apply use the electronic application.

How to Participate in NASA Interactive Internet Projects

NASA Spacelink's newest Educator Focus article features NASA Interactive Internet projects. The article describes a variety of NASA interactive projects, their benefits, and how to participate.

Awards Program & Summer Institutes: Teacher Preparation & Teacher Quality

The National Awards Program for Effective Teacher Preparation is holding its first competition to recognize teacher preparation programs that produce graduates who are effective in helping all K-12 students improve their learning in reading &/or mathematics. (Applications are due July 3.)

Undersea Learning Project (Grades K-12)

The REVEL Project (Research and Education: Volcanoes, Exploration and Life) will offer eight science teachers an opportunity to sail and do field research in the Northeast Pacific this summer. Washington teachers are eligible. REVEL 2000 starts with an Aug. 1 workshop for teachers at the University of Washington, School of Oceanography. The program will continue by sending teachers on one of two NSF-funded cruises to study hydrothermal vents at a depth of 1.5 miles on the Juan de Fuca Ridge.

Applications must be postmarked by May 26, 2000 to be considered for the selection process. Selected Revelers will be contacted mid-June. For more information, visit

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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