VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Volume: 2, Issue: 30
Date: 08/08/2001

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VOYAGE to spread space excitement Newsletter Evaluation

Texas Space Grant Consortium would like to hear feedback from you on our newsletter. We have created a short evaluation that will only take a moment of your time. As a thank you for letting us know your thoughts, we will send you a classroom set of your choice of either pencils, rulers, buttons or bookmarks. In order to get your gift, please complete the evaluation no later than Friday, August 31, 2001. We value your opinion and want to continue to give you a high quality newsletter to serve you and your classroom's interest.

TSGC Liftoff Educational Summer Institute Workshops

"The total experience was wonderful! I have never experienced such a concentrated valuable amount of information and experiences." - LiftOff Summer Institute 2001 participant. In July 30 teachers from across the nation landed in Houston, Texas to participate in a week long working where they visited with astronauts, talked with NASA scientist, toured NASA labs and facilities, and shared how they are exciting their students by using space in the classroom. Come share in their experiences by visiting the program web site. Information and applications for LiftOff Summer Institute 2002 will be distributed in future newsletters.

Teacher Share Web site

I would like to share a web site created by Dick Osso of Brockton High School, Liftoff 2001 participant and Planetarium Director. This web site contains information about great teacher resources. It was designed to help the classroom teacher with hard to find products for the space science classroom. All the information is free and he does not sell anything. You will notice that the companies that are Working Dick Osso on their web site have also asked him to be a field rep so if a teacher wants more info on products, then that company sends a demo copy to use and Dick will tell teachers where to buy it and the cost. He attempts to bring teachers and companies together. You get so those teachers can use the newest and latest toys and everyone is happy. Teachers then want to take your class or they pass the word around because you have provided them with resources. If you have any questions, contact Dick Osso through his web site. The web site is very user-friendly and creative.

Conservation and the Coral Reef World Workshop

We wanted to inform you of an exciting forthcoming workshop we are hosting entitled Conservation and the Coral Reef World. This is an on-line workshop for teachers and educators, sponsored by the Sustainable Seas Expedition and National Geographic, designed to bring explorers, scientists and teachers together for four weeks of learning about the oceans and coral. All activities are Web-based so the only thing you need to bring is your browser! The program will be running in July and October 2001 - so we hope one of these dates will fit your schedule. If you are interested in finding out more about this project and want to register to participate, please go to our web site and pass this information on to friends or colleagues who may be interested in participating.

Space-Buff Volunteers wanted as solar system ambassador.

The Solar System Ambassadors Program is a public outreach program designed to work with motivated volunteers across the nation. Volunteers are asked to organize and conduct public events that communicate exciting discoveries and plans for exploration in Solar System research and technology through non-traditional forums, e.g. Rotary Clubs, libraries, museums, planetariums, "star parties," mall displays, etc. There are now 206 Ambassadors in 47 states bringing the excitement of space to the public. Ambassadors are space enthusiasts, K-12 in-service educators, retirees, community college teachers, and members of the general public interested in providing greater service and inspiration to the community at large.

From the Top of the World to the Bottom of the Food Web

A comprehensive web site which addresses the topic of NASA's ocean color satellite instruments. The instruments are more sensitive than the human eye, surveying our global oceans in a few hours. But what are they sensing: Plants? Animals? Something else? Why does ocean color vary in time and place? Can we detect whether microscopic marine organisms are potentially harmful? The links help learners discover more about the connections between marine ecology, light's behavior in ocean water, and satellite observations with on-line and hands on activities. A free poster is also available, and the material is also keyed to national science education content standards.

Seed pods from space will liven up Earth-bound biology classrooms

Seed pods from a commercial gardening experiment aboard the International Space Station are back on our planet. The far-out pods will liven up Earth-bound biology classrooms and may hold the key to long-term habitation of space.

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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