VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 2, Issue: 36
Date: 11/12/2001

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Liftoff 2002 "Have Spacesuit Will Travel"

People can endure many discomforts in exchange for the thrill of living in space. The nausea of space sickness, fitful sleep without the familiar pressure of a bed, meals eaten from plastic bags - it's fine as long as the novelty of being in space lasts. But what happens to space travelers psychologically and physically during long-duration space flight to extreme environments? Will they long for the comforts of home? Join us for this professional development training workshop for middle and high school teachers. In the words of former participants

"The opportunities are so awesome I can't even begin to list them."

"This has been a fantastic workshop. I have learned lots of background information that has given me a better understanding. The amount of materials we have been given is unbelievable"

"The total experience was wonderful! I have never experienced such a concentrated valuable amount of information and experience. Wow!"

NASA Earth Science Enterprise Summer Workshop Announcement

An interdisciplinary professional development program for teachers on Earth system science using information technology The University of Pittsburgh at Bradford is offering a one- week interdisciplinary workshop on Earth system science aimed at preparing pre-service education students and in-service teachers for the 21st Century. The objective of this interdisciplinary teacher-training course is to develop in students an understanding of the Earth processes shaping the past, present, and future. The course provides hands-on training and experience in applied environmental problem solving through fieldwork, lab practicals, and space-based technology. The purpose of this announcement is to solicit a group of 16 motivated, energetic pre-service and in-service science teachers who wish to grow professionally. The selected applicants will participate in Pitt-Bradford's weeklong professional development program on applied earth system science, July 13 - 19, 2002. Deadline to apply for this workshop is April 1, 2002.

International Education Week 2001

NASA Joins the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education for the second annual celebration of International Education Week (IEW) November 12-16, 2001. During this week, schools are encouraged to highlight the role of education in preparing students for a global society. Perhaps the best example of international collaboration is the International Space Station (ISS). Beyond the engineering challenges of creating a space station, each crew has to address language and cultural barriers to work effectively as a team to complete their project successfully. The public is invited to participate in the international celebration by exploring the ISS special events, educational materials, and opportunities offered from a specially created NASA 2001 website.

NASA Sponsorships for Robotics Competition Available

High school students from Southern California can cash in on an opportunity to get NASA money to build their own robot. "We want to expose new schools to this activity because it's a cool way to interest kids in science and engineering," said Alice Wessen, manager of solar system and technology outreach at JPL. There is no limit to how many students can participate on a team, and there is something for every student. Tasks range from pneumatics and mechanical engineering to publicity and web design. There are needs for space, materials and resources to support all of their involvement. The regional competition will take place in March and is one of 13 competitions around the country. More than 500 teams will compete in the national robotics competition held at Walt Disney World's Epcot Center in Orlando, Fla., in April. Registration for the regional competition is open through Dec. 7. The deadline for submitting a sponsorship application is Nov. 2. Those interested in participating should contact JPL's Public Services Office at (818) 354-0112.

Solar explosion movies and website:

A powerful solar explosion on Nov. 4th sparked an X-class solar flare and hurled a bright coronal mass ejection toward Earth. The expanding cloud will probably trigger strong geomagnetic activity when it sweeps past our planet on Nov. 6th or 7th. Sky watchers, even those living at middle latitudes, should be alert for auroras during the nights ahead. The mpeg movies really show just how powerful this event was. Visit the above url.

Access Earth

Access Earth is a NASA and National Science Foundation-funded program for high school students with disabilities and teachers to encourage students with disabilities to enter careers in Earth system science. Students and teachers attend an intensive week-long summer institute focusing on land-ocean-atmosphere interactions, with field activities based at the Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve on the coast of Maine. Participating teachers will work with scientists, educators, and students with disabilities to develop, test, and refine accessible Earth system science curriculum. Students will work with scientists, collecting and analyzing scientific data, and will learn about career opportunities in Earth system science.

The 2002 Institute will be offered from July 19 through July 26, 2002, for high school science teachers, and from July 21 through July 26, for high school students with disabilities. The program is limited each year to 10 teachers and 15 students from Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont. High school teachers of Earth science, general science, or environmental science are especially encouraged to apply, but applications will be accepted from other disciplines. Students should be entering ninth or tenth grade. Participating teachers are expected to further test and refine curriculum in their classrooms during the school year. Course materials and room and board are provided. Teacher participants also receive a $500 stipend upon successful completion of the institute. For more information visit webiste or contact Nancy Lightbody at

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