VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Volume: 2, Issue: 23
Date: 04/20/2001

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Newsletter Name Change Announcement

We would like to announce that the Texas Space Grant Newsletter has changed it name. Your new Teacher newsletter is now called "VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter" We love to hear your feedback and continue to welcome questions and ideas from you.

NSTA and State Farm Partner on Good Neighbor Teacher Award

Each year State Farm Insurance Company works closely with a national education association to honor outstanding and innovate teachers in their fields with the Good Neighbor Teacher Award. State Farm partnered with NSTA in 1992 and in 2000. NSTA is proud to once again be selected by State Farm Insurance Company to participate in its Good Neighbor Teacher Award Program. Through this program, State Farm recognizes select members of the science teaching profession who provide leadership and further excellence in education. The Good Neighbor Teacher Award program honors each selected educator with a $10,000 contribution to the educational institution of his or her choice, along with a presentation of the award at a school board meeting in each educator's town.

Submit your questions to Astronaut Susan Helms

Submit your questions now 4/6 - 4/26. NASA will select the best questions and send them up to Susan Helmson board the International Space Station. Join them during a live webcast coming up April 26th as Susan Helms, the first female astronaut to live on board the International Space Station, answers some of your questions. Specific information on the website.

NASA Quest's 6th Annual Virtual Take Our Daughters to Work Day
April 26, 2001

Thursday NASA Quest's 6th Annual Virtual Take Our Daughters to Work Day Join us all day for interactive webchats, webcasts, and a forum featuring our nation's coolest, brightest, most intriguing and talented women and men who develop and utilize breakthrough technologies that benefit our world!

Take a virtual tour of the ISS mockups.
April 27, 2001

Take a virtual tour of the ISS mockups and the astronaut training facilities. Then meet and "talk" with an astronaut about living and working in space. More information on the website. There are also lesson plans to help in preparation.

Your students can interact with NASA Ames Research Center

Join NASA and the Stanford SOLAR Center in a special webcast where students will present results from a variety of solar activities and discuss their findings. The webcast format will allow students and teachers from across the country to interact with their student peers in our California NASA Ames Research Center auditorium via the chatroom and compare results from other schools. We'll also have guest scientists on hand to help answer questions.

Science Teachers in Conversation online magazine

The staff of EDC's K-12 Science Curriculum Dissemination Center announces its first installment of the Science Teachers in Conversation online magazine. In the premiere issue, four high school teachers explored the decision to choose an inquiry-based science curriculum and exchange their views on topics such as the kind of professional development that teachers need to move toward inquiry science teaching, inquiry as an approach for every student and parents' concerns and misconceptions. A round-table discussion is also available.

Resources for Earth Science and geography Instruction

This Central Michigan University site doesn't look flashy, but it is thorough and offers dozens of links to images and other raw materials that could be useful in the classroom projects. Links are organized around the sequence of topics typically taught in a college-level, introductory Earth science or physical geography class. Links are also available for environmental science, earth science/geography education, career opportunities, and more. The sites selected are based on "image quality, ease with which lesson plans can be developed, organization, authenticity, scope, and format." The Resources for Earth Science and Geography Instruction page is available at

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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