Texas Space Grant Consortium Teacher Newsletter
Volume: 2, Issue: 20
Date: 03/11/2001

Table of Contents

Sun-Earth Days Kits - K-12

NASA CORE and the Lorain County JVS students have had the wonderful opportunity to work with the Space Science Division in packaging and disseminating their Sun-Earth Day Kit. This kit will be available at the NSTA, NCTM and ITEA national conventions for educators. Sun-Earth Days Kit Level: Grades K-12 (Packet 002.2-22P) There are 10 educational products in the packet meant to support and Provide additional knowledge for those participating in Sun-Earth Days. For additional information, visit their web site.

Teacher Camp-in 2001
April 6-7, 2001

Spend a night of fun and learning at Space Center Houston. Teachers of all grade levels can learn about rockets from the experts, design a rocket car, participate on hands on activtities on rocket stations and sleep under the stars in the Starship Gallery. To register and for more information, either call 281-2283-2149 or visit the above url.Attendance and participation is limited so register now!

The Solar System's Wildest, Wackiest and Worst Weather

When the next mission to Mars lifts off in April, another robotic probe will be sent to learn more about conditions on a planet where humans may one day live. One great reason that we send robots: They don't mind crummy weather. When we humans follow, to Mars or anywhere else in the solar system, weather extremes like none we know await.

Students can create their own "mission to Mars."

To get a taste of what it's like to be a Mars mission scientist, students from the Marcy Open School in Minneapolis created their own "mission to Mars." The first step in the planning process was to create a model of the planet's surface. The next step was to design a vehicle that could successfully traverse the landscape without getting stuck or, worse yet, falling over. The students tried rovers with different numbers of wheels, rovers of varying heights and widths, and rovers with different kinds of traction. After each test, design changes were made until the final working model was built. The last step was to create a computer program to actually make the system run. Once the program was "de-bugged," the class ran its model trip to Mars.

Bugs on Mars?

Bugs on Mars? An international team of researchers has discovered compelling evidence that the magnetite crystals in the martian meteorite ALH84001 are of biological origin.

Views of IO's Busy Volcanoes come from Galileo

New imagery of Jupiter's moon Io, including a fly over animation of one volcanic area and three-dimensional views of another, shows a world so volcanically hyperactive that nearly its entire surface is likely to be lava that's still in various stages of cooling. The images are based on observations made by NASA's Galileo spacecraft during flights close to Io in 1999 and 2000, and are available online from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif.

Space Day Posters Available Again (1-12)

Free Space Day 2001 posters are again available on a first-come, first-serve basis from the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center. Posters for the May 3 event include several student activities on the back. In your request, be sure to give your name, address, school name and grade(s) you teach. To request a copy of the poster, call (206) 543-1943, or e-mail, nasa@u.washington.edu

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 space_edu@tsgc.utexas.edu.

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