Texas Space Grant Consortium Teacher Newsletter
Volume: 2, Issue: 7
Date: 03/27/2000

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NASA Opportunities for Visionary Academics (NOVA)

Learn about NOVA, a program for Education, Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology university faculty involved in the content education of future K-12 teachers.

The Universe in the Classroom 2000, July 13-16, 2000

A national workshop on teaching astronomy in grades 3-12 will be offered at the Pasadena, California, Convention Center on July 13-16, 2000, as part of the 112th Annual Meeting of the nonprofit Astronomical Society of the Pacific. The workshop will include a series of sessions for teachers who are just starting to teach a unit on astronomy, as well as a strand of innovative ideas and updates for veteran science teachers. For more information and a registration packet, teachers, librarians, curriculum supervisors, or youth leaders should contact the society by calling 415-337-1100 x100; e-mailing: meeting@aspsky.org; writing to: Workshop Info, A.S.P., 390 Ashton Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112 Pasadena, California

NASA Urban Community Enrichment Program (UCEP)

The NASA Urban Community Enrichment Program (UCEP) is a NASA Aerospace Education Services Program specifically designed to serve middle school students in urban areas. The program exposes teachers and middle school students from urban communities to interesting and broadening educational activities. Special emphasis is placed on communications, logic, and reasoning skills that are curriculum related.

Space Day 2000

If you would like to know about other teachers particpiating in the Design Challenges of Space Day 2000, visit their web site, perhaps there is someone in your area with whom you would like to collaborate! If you do come up with great joint activities, we'd love to know about them and assist you if we can.

"Earth From Space" Target: Grades 5-8

Explore how scientists use satellites to study the impact of human activities on the global climate. Examine the mathematics behind the collected data from space-based instruments to study Earth's environment. In this video student "researchers" conduct rubber-band rocket experiments to investigate the differences in distances traveled when the launch angle and the amount of force vary. By working in pairs or small groups during the "Challenge Point" designed for grades 5-8), viewers will better understand how research teams must work together to conduct investigations.


Mathcounts is an annual math competition for 7th and 8th grade students which brings NASA and other organizations together to promote math education. Teams are selected in local schools and advance to regional, state, and national competitions. Mathcounts is the national math coaching and competition program for 7th and 8th grade students. On their website you will find the problem of the week, problem solving, a math challenge, rules and procedures, and information for participating in the competition.

Space Policy and International Issues Seminar - An Educator's Resource for Workforce Preparation - April 5, 2000

Secondary teachers, higher education professionals and students can enjoy a wealth of educational opportunities at this year's National Space Symposium. Activities range participate in a special seminar addressing space issues relating to educational needs for the 21st century. Attend the Workforce of the Future Luncheon, View and tour Space Education Showcase-an exhibit of classroom projects, Attend a symposium session and tour the exhibit hall. The Symposium takes place April .3-6 in Colorado Springs. Register today, as the seminar is limited to 60 participants. The registration fee is $99.

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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