Texas Space Grant Consortium Teacher Newsletter
Volume: 2, Issue: 3
Date: 01/28/2000

Table of Contents

LiftOff Summer Institute - Return to Mars - Applications Due Feb. 28th

LiftOff Summer Institute 2000 is a series of educational/training workshops for middle and high school teachers that emphasizes science, mathematics, and engineering learning experiences by incorporating a different NASA mission area as the central theme each year. Liftoff 2000 will focus on the mysteries of the Red Planet with the scientists and engineers at the forefront of Mars research and exploration. Teacher participants are provided with knowledge, materials, and experience through hands-on activities and field trips that will promote aerospace enrichment activities. Applications are due February 28th, 2000.

NASA Student "Web Chats" Highlight Black History Month

Students from across the nation will be able to 'chat' via the Internet with at least nine NASA African-American professionals during Black History Month. During the chats, students will be able to use computers to direct questions and receive "live" answers from African Americans who will describe their roles in and contributions to the space program. The chat sessions will begin on Thurs., Feb. 3, at 1:00 p.m. PST, and are scheduled throughout the month on NASA's Quest website.

New Company Offers Sky Images

On March 1, the Global Telescope Network (GTN) will start taking thousands of images of the night sky and offering them to subscribers. The new commercial venture plans to provide educational materials and telescope hosting for universities, individuals, groups, and corporations - a custom-designed program that allows outside interests to have their own telescopes managed and maintained at dark-sky sites.

Space Day

Space has always fascinated humankind. In 1997, some people got together and created a tribute to those endlessly engaging phenomena which constitute our universe -- and to the people who, through their space-related work, have contributed so much to science, medicine and everyday life. Be sure to mark your calendars and visit us on May 4, 2000 for the Space Day Millennium celebration.

Learning About the Space Shuttle Lesson Plan (Grades K-3)

The students will become aware of the purpose of the space shuttle through exposure to written and information and class discussions. Each student will demonstrate skills in listening and follow-ing directions by helping to build a space shuttle cabin in the classroom. They will demonstrate an understanding of what it means to live with others in a small space by formulating rules of behavior after spending a period of group time in the shuttle cabin.

A Colony on Mars Lesson Plans (Grades 4-6)

Through reading and discussion, students will determine what is necessary to sustain human life, physically and socially, on Earth. They will use that information to devise methods of survival on Mars. An awareness of social problems will be demonstrated as problems of maintaining Earth cities will be compared with projected cities on Mars.

Cassini Spacecraft's Mission to Saturn From Lesson Plans (Grades 9-12)

NASA's Cassini mission to Saturn is the most ambitious deep-space mission to date. The "Cassini Teacher Guide" contains lesson plans that enables this extraordinary mission to become a real-world motivational context for learning standards-based science. The extensive "Question and Answer" section is valuable to teaching these lesson plans. Cassini scientists and engineers from the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have collaborated closely with science educators from the Space Science Institute, the Boulder Valley School District, and McREL to produce this unique educational resource. An evaluation form can be found in the complete Cassini Teacher Guide, available at SSI's Web site.

The Young Astronaut Council

Formed by the White House in 1984 to help kids experience the fun and adventure of learning. Today it is the largest youth aerospace organization in the world. Its integrated, multimedia educational programs have been used by more than 2 million students and educators worldwide in Young Astronaut Chapters, the Young Astronaut Club, Space School, Young Astronauts on-line, and Young Astronauts International. We invite you to Get with the Program. Check out what the Young Astronaut Program offers.

NEWEST - NASA Educational Workshop for Elementary School Teachers

NASA Educational Workshops annually give outstanding educators the chance to personally experience NASA's state-of-the-art research and development activities. Selected teachers spend two weeks between mid-June and mid-August at a NASA center observing specialists at work and learning about the latest technology. Participants are given the opportunity to update their knowledge and to develop interdisciplinary and team-teaching strategies.

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