Texas Space Grant Consortium Teacher Newsletter
Volume: 2, Issue: 5
Date: 02/25/2000

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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.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!

Space Day 2000

Join the 2.3 million students and teachers registered to date to receive Space Day 2000's FREE 45-minute satellite broadcast with rich, Space-themed classroom content which airs on February 29, 2000 from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET. Three 15-minute segments about some of the challenges of living and working in space and the people who help solve them. A classroom resource you can use time and time again for career discussions, problem solving, and team building topics. Fun and informative information for anyone participating in the Space Day 2000 Design Challenges and EVERYONE interested in space exploration.

Teaching, Technology and Satellites in the Classroom - March 11, 2000

The conference, hosted by West Chester University, West Chester, Pennsylvania, includes workshops, presentations, and exhibits for elementary through college-level educators. It is co-sponsored by West Chester University NASA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Lockheed Martin. To register, present, or exhibit call (610) 436-2393, Fax (610) 436-3045, or E-mail: nmcintyre@wcupa.edu.

Interactions & Diversity: Earth System Science & Beyond residential workshop

The workshop, organized in partnership with the NASA Earth Science Enterprise, and in collaboration with the Pennsylvania Space Grant Consortium will be offered at different sites of the Island of Puerto Rico from July 11 to July 20, 2000. This 10-day summer program will explore the Earth's interconnections in Tropical Environment with a focus on active NASA-sponsored research being carried out in the Island. Participants will collaborate in designing and testing curricular activities for the teaching of ESS, and in devising plans to bring these products into their own classrooms. Deadline is March 15, 2000. See above URL for details.

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.

The Space Place

NASA's "Space Place" -- an educational program and Web site designed for young students -- has recently welcomed its 100th partner and first aquarium, the Newport Aquarium in Newport, KY. Space Place, developed by the Jet Propulsion Laboratory's New Millennium Program, provides display materials and hands-on activities to its partner museums and libraries -- and now an aquarium -- in 43 states. The program has been targeted to include small- and mid-sized cities that do not have major space exhibits. Partners set up bulletin boards in their display areas with space-themed items such as press clippings and children's drawings.

Watch Orbiting Satellites in Real Time

Show your students where orbiting satellites or the shuttle are in orbit and watch them travel in real time. This web site created J-Track so you could quickly and easily keep track of your favorite orbiting objects. J-Track lets you choose from a fairly large list of satellites.

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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