VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Volume: 2, Issue: 24
Date: 05/04/2001

Table of Contents

2000-2001 NASA Student Involvement Program (NSIP)

Over 3,000 students developed and submitted entries to the 2000-2001 NASA Student Involvement Program (NSIP) -- NASA's national competition for students -- in five competition areas: My Planet Earth, Watching Earth Change, Design a Mission to Mars, Aeronautics and Space Science Journalism, and Space Flight Opportunities. A list of all winning entries can be found on the NSIP WWW siteThe Center winners (regional winners selected at seven NASA Centers) of the high school Watching Earth Change competition will be honored at the upcoming NSIP National Symposium, May 5-9, at Kennedy Space Center, Florida. At the symposium the winner of the Thacher Scholarship will be announced. The Thacher Scholarship is an independently-funded scholarship, awarded in cooperation with NSIP, to the Center high school winner of the Watching Earth Change competition who displays the best use of satellite remote sensing in understanding the changing planet. Four thousand dollars will be provided to the student for educational expenses.

Intel Teach to the Future Training

Intel® Teach to the Future is a worldwide K-12 program sponsored by Intel, Microsoft, and other industry leaders. Register to meet from 8:00-4:00 on Tuesday, May 29th-Friday , June 1. You will have almost 2 months to complete your units. We will meet again for ½ days on July 23 andJuly 24 for you to turn in your units, pass out certificates, celebrate and get extra help to finish your units if needed. You may work in groups to complete units (highly recommended) Each person that completes the training will receive an Intel Curriculum notebook, Intel curriculum CD, Encarta encyclopedia, Microsoft Office(professional) version and access to many resource sites. Also the district will supply the basic Office suite for whatever platform you have in your classroom up to 4 additional computers in your class. For specific info on this training visit and register at the website.

DEVELOP: Digital Earth Virtual Environment and Learning Outreach Project

Digital Earth is a project formed to incorporate maps and data - everything from satellite imagery, topographical and population maps, to data about migration and weather patterns - into a geospatial system accessible worldwide by scientists, students, and the public. NASA is the lead Federal Agency for Digital Earth. DEVELOP is an outreach and education venue for Digital Earth. The Summer 2000 DEVELOP Team had approximately 60 faculty and students who worked on national projects related to Digital Earth. One example is a collaboration with the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT), James Madison University, Norfolk State, Virginia Tech, and industry in which DEVELOP students worked on visualizations using federal information that display options for relocation of major Virginia interstate exchanges. Other DEVELOP projects included creating a 3-D virtual fly-through of Douthat State Park to increase Virginia tourism and identifying telecommunication "dead zones" in Patrick County, VA using Federal data sources.

High School Teachers Join Research study in new methods of professional development

With Hands-On Universe (HOU), teachers and students at all ability levels use high-quality astronomical images to explore central concepts on science, math, and technology. By analyzing real astronomical images with HOU image processing software, similar to the software professional astronomers use, students become more engaged and more excited about math and science. The HOU high school curriculum is used in Earth science, Astronomy, Mathematics, Physics, and Technology courses. A middle school curriculum is also available. Teachers joining the study will participate in one of the HOU courses to learn to implement the HOU curriculum in your classroom. The key measure of effectiveness will be student performance, so if you join the study, you will administer assessments to your students. The assessor/evaluator partner for this study is the Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) team who made headlines with their ground breaking findings on how U.S. students compare in math and science education to their global counterparts.

Site of the week - What causes the seasons?

The University of Michigan, sponsored through NASA, has compiled What Causes the Seasons? What makes this site notable is that it is one of the few science sites that tailors the explanation of the seasons according to beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, although the latter two are often the same. The site is thus truly compatible to the needs of a K-16 audience.

Students From Across Nation to Present Jupiter Results to JPL

A few of the 2,300 students from 13 states who have used a huge remote-control radio telescope to measure energy from Jupiter's radiation belts during the past six months will present their results May 4 to scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif. The students' measurements span the period when NASA's Cassini spacecraft flew near Jupiter four months ago, so they are useful in the interpretation of radio measurements that Cassini made to map the invisible belts, said Dr. Michael Klein, a JPL radio astronomer and science adviser to the Cassini-Jupiter Microwave Observation Program. Tracy Sibbaluca, a 14-year-old eighth grader from Detroit, looks forward to meeting the scientists, but even more to seeing the big radio-antenna dish in the Mojave Desert that she helped to run from a classroom computer at Detroit's University Public School. "It gave me a lot of confidence because they trust kids like us with such a valuable telescope," said Arkira Jordan, 14, an eighth grader from Opelika, Ala. "I didn't like science so much before, but now I like it better." For more exciting information see the website.

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