VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Volume: 2, Issue: 32
Date: 09/17/2001

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VOYAGE to spread space excitement Newsletter Evaluation Results

Texas Space Grant Consortium would like to thank you for your valued opinions on our VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Newsletter Survey. We received lots of good feedback. Most of you would like to see more Classroom activity focused and Educator Workshop focused newsletters. We will gather work to accommodate your request in future newsletters. Your input is important to us and if you have any other items to share, please don't hesitate to do so. We want to continue to give you a high quality newsletter to serve you and your classroom's interest. Please continue to give us feedback.

Help Name the New Space Telescope

NASA wants your help in naming the Space Infrared Telescope Facility, a space-based observatory that is currently called by its acronym, SIRTF. This is a move away from cryptic acronyms, and a way to make the public more aware of this important mission. SIRTF is the fourth and final component of NASA's Great Observatories Program, which includes the Hubble Space Telescope, the Chandra X-ray Observatory and the Compton Gamma Ray Observatory. Together, these four space-based missions enable scientists to study space across many different wavelengths of light. The deadline for entries in the name the telescope contest is Dec. 20, 2001. The prize is a trip to the Kennedy Space Center to see the spacecraft's launch. Follow the link to find out more and enter the contest.

Smoke Plume World Trade Center, New York City from the Space

(CNN) -- The smoldering aftermath of air attacks on Washington and New York was clearly visible in images released Wednesday, snapped by satellites and an international space station resident. The extent of damage to the Pentagon was evident in a picture from one of the most powerful imaging satellites, which offered a rare overhead glimpse of the charred southern section of U.S. military headquarters, since authorities grounded air traffic after the Tuesday assault. The picture was taken by IKONOS, a private imaging spacecraft that can distinguish features one meter across, sharp enough to discern the particular stroke of a swimmer in a pool.

IKONOS also aimed its camera on the wreckage of the World Trade Center in Manhattan. The image, taken from a height of 423 miles, shows an area of white and gray dust and smoke where the 110-story twin towers had stood the day before.

Students invited to submit artwork - Grades 2-4

Students in grades 2-4, from all over the United States, are invited to submit artwork to the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) 2001 Art Contest. The focus of this year's contest is life in water environments. The contest is sponsored annually by IGES. The winning entry will be printed-along with the artist's name, age, school name, and hometown-as the 2001 IGES greeting card. Additionally, the winning artist will receive a $250 savings bond. The second place winner will receive a $100 savings bond, with a $50 savings bond awarded to the third place winner. For more information, including complete guidelines and an entry form, see their web site.

Space Frontier Conference, October 18-21, 2001

The Space Frontier Foundation, an organization of people dedicated to opening the space frontier to human settlement as rapidly as possible, goes "In Search of '2001'" Thursday, October 18 through Sunday, October 21 at the Sheraton Gateway Hotel near the L.A. International Airport. It's an opportunity to meet and talk with the people making things happen in space, hear their latest papers and progress reports, and sit in as they discuss and debate their different approaches-sometimes heatedly. Space Frontier Conference 10 presentations and workshops will cover not only developments toward private space travel and tourism, but timely issues such as getting solar energy from space. Space medicine, nearby asteroid tracking, space education, space colonies, a return to the Moon and women in space are some of the other topics. Then there's the subject of Mars exploration Send robots? Send astronauts? Terraform and colonize it? What to do with the Red Planet always stimulates passionate debate. There will also be exhibits, receptions, an art show and parties-a chance to hang with the people opening the space frontier and see what they're like after hours. Pod doors are always open on this space odyssey. Information is also available by calling (800) 78-SPACE.

Barrick Goldstrike Exemplary Elementary Earth Science Teaching Award

This award is given to an elementary science teacher (grades K-6) who has demonstrated exemplary Earth science (specifically environmental or geology) teaching practices in one or more of the following areas innovative design and use of hands-on Earth science materials; creative design and implementation of Earth science lesson plans/curriculum; and fostering student, school, and school-community instructional programs in elementary Earth science. Award Desktop or laptop computer system; $2,500 for the purchase of Earth science materials and/or equipment for the awardee's school; an all-expense paid trip to the National Science Teachers Association's National Convention; and an all-expense paid trip to the Nevada Mining Association's Minerals Education Workshop for teachers. Guidelines and a cover form are available at URL.

K-14 Education Workshop for Geoscientists, Engineers, and Education Managers in Boulder, Colorado

Sunday, 21 October through Wednesday, 24 October, 2001 Highlights of the Workshop Agenda include Visiting a classroom using contemporary hands-on science instruction Dialoguing with classroom teachers Experiencing exemplary inquiry-based curriculum Considering a diversity of roles for geoscientists in K-14 education and public outreach Learning about the national science education standards and how to apply the results of education research Addressing issues of diversity and educational technology.

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