VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 2, Issue: 38
Date: 12/07/2001

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NASA TV Needs Your Ideas

NASA Television (NTV) -- designed to provide real-time coverage of the agency's activities and missions as well as providing educational programming to teachers, students and the general public -- has created a survey to gain a better understanding of how NASA's education programming is viewed, used, and how it can be improved. Survey responses will be kept confidential and will be used to help improve NASA's services to the educational community.

Earth Science Education Meeting
January 11-13, 2002

The Coalition for Earth Science Education (CESE) is committed to bringing together the combined forces of the Earth and space science community, to enhance Earth and space science literacy, and to provide a united voice on national and regional policy issues that affect Earth and space science education and to focus attention on implementation of the National Science Education Standards. The 7th CESE meeting, "Promoting the Revolution in US Earth and Space Science Education," will provide an opportunity to share resources, and build networks in support of science education reform in the Earth and space sciences. Information on submitting abstracts, meeting agendas, and other logistical information is available on the above web site. Anyone who is a representatives of a society, agency or organization active in science education, or with an interest in Earth and space science education and the implementation of the National Science Education Standards should attend this conference.

AGI to Create Earth Systems Textbook for Middle Schools

The National Science Foundation (NSF) has awarded the American Geological Institute (AGI) a $1.7 million grant to develop an inquiry-based Earth science textbook for middle-school students over the next three years. The new curriculum-development effort, Project CUES (Constructing Understandings of Earth Systems), will be based upon the modular Investigating Earth Systems program recently released by AGI. CUES will feature more than 50 "profiles in Earth system science." These inquiry narratives will be written by scientists about the fundamental questions they are exploring and the ways they use Earth science to tackle issues that confront society. In addition, CUES will feature 40 guided inquiry investigations, extended student-driven research projects on local issues, as well as four videos that provide additional profiles of Earth scientists at work. CUES is planned to be available commercially for the 2005-2006 school year by It's About Time Publishing of Armonk, NY. For more information, visit the AGI web site.

New Earth System Science Education Forum

Want to get a message out to colleagues without sending mail to the whole list? Looking for a place to share ideas and strike up a discussion, or perhaps find partners for a joint project? Try the new Earth System Science Education forum - anyone can post and membership is not required. The discussion is moderated to help assure an Earth System Science focus. If you like, you can have responses emailed to you directly. See and feel free to start your own new topic of discussion.

Earth Science Picture of the day

The Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) highlights the diverse phenomena that shape our planet and our lives. EPOD collects and archives photos, imagery, graphics, and artwork with short explanatory captions and links exemplifying features within the Earth system. Visit the Earth Science Picture of the Day at

"Astro Claus" Conducts Math Contest / Webcast for Students

Hoping to see and hear their names during an upcoming NASA Internet webcast, thousands of first- to fifth-grade students are expected to participate in on-line, holiday-related math activities. Students will submit answers to math problems and can send a 'stumper' problem of their own to the Merry Math website that features Astro Claus and Dr. Joy, two characters played by website personnel. The webcast will enable students to watch live video, listen to audio and interact in real time on the Internet with Astro Claus and Dr. Joy on Friday, Dec. 14, at 10 a.m. PST (3 p.m. North Pole Time). "The primary focus is to get children excited about math by relating it to holiday activities," said Linda Conrad of the NASA Quest program at NASA. Ames Research Center, in the heart of California's Silicon Valley. "Ourwebcasts are designed to engage the classroom in science and mathematics, including lesson plans and curricula developed by NASA." Students can participate in the NASA-sponsored Internet events without pre-registering.

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

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