VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 2, Issue: 37
Date: 11/21/2001

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VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement

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Sharing a LiftOff Experience

Michael Parkhill, a LiftOff 2001 participant wanted to share with you that he is still being asked to make presentations on his LiftOff experience this summer. He is speaking to a couple of 8th Grade Earth Science classes and the Chamber of Commerce in Gainesville has him set up at the first of the year to do presentations for the local Rotary Club and Optimist Club. "I am still using all of the 'stuff' that I got from you guys as well as the sample of Mars simulate soil from NASA. My class 6th Grade class really liked looking at the soil when we studied Geology last six weeks and it was a big hit at my Halloween party. Have a great Holiday Season!" Michael Parkhill. If you are interested in completing a LiftOff application for 2002, the new 2002 Have Spacesuit Will Travel is downloadable on the above link.

2001 Leonid Meteor Shower

If your students couldn't wake up to see the Leonid Meteor shower, show them the wonderful photo gallery and full animation video on the above referenced link. It was a spectacular show.

Spanish-Language version of NASA's educational Web site

NASA's popular educational Web site, Space Place, has announced a new Spanish-language version for children and their families. It serves children 8 to 13 years of age. The site contains approximately 40 activities, including games and "amazing facts" about space, Earth and NASA. The 2000 census data shows that Spanish is the primary language for more than 27 million people living in the U.S. Of those, nearly 13 million feel they do not speak English very well.

Amazing GRACE

A pair of satellites will soon blast off on an extraordinary mission: to measure Earth's surprisingly irregular gravitational field. Named "GRACE," the satellites will reveal how mass moves around and beneath the globe. Share the kids Stories & Lesson Plans at the referenced site.

Brain Pop

Designed for grades 5-8, but adaptable to an older audience, Brain pop is a commercial venture that features Science, science movies, drought, exotic species, science stamps, Biology and Technology subjects [using Flash animations] that correspond to the National Science Education Standards for 5-8 grades. Each subject contains a 3-4 minute Animated Movie, an Interactive Quiz, an Experiment, a Comic Strip, a How-to hands on application, a Timeline and a print-able Activity page. Users may watch three movies free daily; This is a good site for providing an interesting, visually appealing overview on a growing list of over 50 science topics ranging from air pollution to wind.

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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