Texas Space Grant Consortium Teacher Newsletter
Volume: 2, Issue: 11
Date: 05/19/2000

Table of Contents

Congratulations to the Fly High Class of 2000

We would like to give special recognition to the Fly High Class of 2000. The High school teams (listed below) worked very hard on their projects. Take a look at the wonderful picture archive at the above web site. Great Job Fly High Class of 2000!!

North Crowley High School
Brewer High School
Rogers High School
Teague High School
Gatesville High School
Belton High School
Penelope High School
Thrall High School
Jarrell High School
Merkel High School
Sweetwater High School
Brownwood High School
Del Rio High School
Bovina High School
Miami High School
Roosevelt High School
Tahoka High School

Cosmic Calendar -- A Project ASTRO Activity for grades 4-12

In "Cosmic Calendar", students scale the evolution of the universe to an one year calendar, with the Big bang occurring on the first moment of January 1st. Students estimate where on this one year time line significant events (like the formation of the solar system, the appearance of dinosaurs and the emergence of humanity) should be placed. More advanced students can research the dates of significant events and calculate when in the model time line these events occurred.

Comet Facts and Classroom Activity (GRADES 5-8)

Stardust Mission's educational site offers a variety of classroom activities for students to gain a hands-on knowledge of comets and space exploration. Activities range from researching famous comets and designing their own return capsules to creating an edible comet using ice cream, ginger ale and toppings.

The site also features an educational program that allows students to design a spacecraft on-line or off. Visit the Stardust education site at

Earth System Science Education (ESSE) Meeting
June 14-16, 200


The Universities Space Research Association (USRA) will hold the next ESSE meeting June 14-16, 2000, at the American Center for Physics facility near the University of Maryland, College Park. ESSE supports the development of undergraduate curricula in Earth System Science and Global Change at forty-four participating colleges and universities. Topics will emphasize on needs and opportunities to impact classroom education in Earth System Science through collaboration and use of the Internet and Digital Library for the creation and exchange of educational resources. For more information, contact Martin Ruzek at ruzek@usra.edu.

Planet Earth: A Science and Methods Course for Pre-service and In-Service Teachers
August 14-18, 2000


The UMass Planet Earth Education Program is funded by a grant from NASA's Earth Science Enterprise. It serves pre-service teachers and in-service teachers of grades 4-9. Each day will focus on an important Earth-system area: acid rain, global warming, the water cycle, oceans and climate, and planetary environments. The content sessions will employ student-active learning methods, and will be integrated with web based, hands-on, and field-based activities. Each participant will develop and implement a lesson plan or curriculum unit during the fall semester. In-service teachers will participate in a fall semester program of classroom Earth systems research plus two Saturday workshops. They will be eligible for 3 graduate credits in Geosciences or Education or 42 "Professional Development Points." Tuition and fees will be approximately $270 for participants receiving credits; They will receive three credits for Education 462, Elementary Science Methods. To register, contact Eugenie Harvey, eharvey@k12s.phast.umass.edu, (413) 545-1290. Questions should be addressed to Morton Sternheim, mort@k12s.phast.umass.edu, (413) 545-1908.

The National Awards Program for Effective Teacher Preparation
Deadline: July 3, 2000


To highlight the correlation between student learning and the quality of the programs that prepare teachers, and to continue its efforts to honor excellence in education, the U.S. Department of Education has announced the first competition under the National Awards Program for Effective Teacher Preparation. To support efforts across the country to improve students' learning in reading and mathematics, the initial year of these awards will focus on programs that prepare elementary teachers or middle and/or high school mathematics teachers. All programs that prepare elementary teachers or middle and/or high school mathematics teachers for initial certification, including those that are not university/college-based, are eligible for this award. For more information, contact: Sharon Horn, Office of Educational Research and Improvement, US Department of Education, Phone: (202) 219-2203; Fax: (202) 219-2198; Email: sharon_horn@ed.gov

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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