Texas Space Grant Consortium Teacher Newsletter
Volume: 2, Issue: 9
Date: 04/23/2000

Table of Contents

Congratulations Shannon Miller, Solar System Educator

Congratulations to Shannon Miller who is among 33 Teachers who were selected for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory project to train 33 educators from 22 states to inspire and educate other teachers to share the wonders of the solar system with students during a Solar System Educators Institute at JPL March 26 through 29. Back in their home states, each educator will train approximately 200 additional colleagues.

Congratulations to the Liftoff 2000 "Return to Mars" Teachers

Congratulations to the teachers below who were selected to attend the TSGC Liftoff 2000 "Return to Mars" workshop in Houston, Texas.

Space Day 2000 - May 4, 2000

Space Day 2000 Features Live, Interactive Webcast For Kids Around the World
May 4, 2000 - 12:00 noon to 3:00 p.m. EST Special Webcast Guests include former Senator John Glenn, Dr. Sally Ride, Dr. Kathryn Clark, Chief Scientist for the International Space Station, NASA Administrator Dan Goldin and many others. On Space Day, children will have the opportunity to talk shop with the visionaries and pioneers of the space industry by logging on to the Cyber Space Day Webcast Cyber Space Day, a live, three-hour interactive Webcast, is an integral part of Space Day, a global celebration dedicated to the extraordinary achievements, benefits and opportunities in the exploration of space. Living and Working in Space is this year's Space Day theme.

A View from the Top-Space Basics and Earth Studies" June 18-23, 2000

To get a feel for the essentials of earth and space science for the classroom, take part in "A View from the Top-Space Basics and Earth Studies" from June 18-23, 2000, at the Glen Eyrie Conference Center. This course is designed to provide an in-depth study of aeronautics, astronomy, and shuttle operations. It includes a full day of study dedicated to a variety of experiments on Pikes Peak. For more information, contact Julie Howell / Space Foundation 719-576-8000 julie@ussf.org

Beam Me Aboard- Advanced Space Technology - July 30 - August 4, 2000

Finally, if you want to astound your students with real space technology, "Beam Me Aboard- Advanced Space Technology" is the class for you. This advanced space technology class at the Air Force Space Command from July 30-August 4, 2000, explores enhanced technologies used in space exploration and their practical applications on earth. Participants discuss life and technology on the International Space Station, build their own programmable robotic arm, and study the utilization of remote sensing satellites. For more information, contact Julie Howell / Space Foundation 719-576-8000 julie@ussf.org

The NSF-funded TE-MAT project

Professional Development Materials for K-12 Math/Science Teachers Sought . The NSF-funded Teacher Education Materials (TE-MAT) Project is seeking to increase the availability of materials for professional development of pre-service and in-service K-12 Mathematics and Science Teachers. The National Center for Improving Science Education (NCISE), together with Horizon Research, Inc. (HRI), are trying to locate materials that are already published and readily available. NCISE is looking for unpublished materials and out-of-print materials. Please recommend: fugitive materials (unpublished or out-of-print) -- contact Mary Huntley (huntley@ncise.org) published and readily available materials -- contact Gail Gellatly (TE-MAT@horizon-research.com)

Human Space Flight

Discover America's thrilling and heroic adventures in Human Space Flight as NASA reflects on Projects Mercury, Gemini, Apollo, and Skylab, and looks beyond to the exciting information and knowledge the Space Shuttle and International Space Station (ISS) will provide as research platforms for sustained human presence in space.

Life Sciences

What is the fundamental role of gravity, cosmic radiation, isolation and confinement on the vital biological, chemical, physical and psychological processes of living systems in space, on other planetary bodies and on Earth? Explore how NASA will answer these and other vital questions related to humans living in space.

Living and Working In Space

In many ways, living in space is not very different from living on Earth. In other ways, it is quite different. Space travelers in orbit above the Earth eat, work, exercise, relax, maintain hygiene, and sleep. Learn about endeavors to sustain life on future missions into unfamiliar territories. Microgravity Science and Applications - The microgravity environment gives researchers a unique opportunity to study the three fundamental states of matter--solids, liquids, and gas--and the forces that affect them.

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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