VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Volume: 2, Issue: 31
Date: 08/24/2001

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Earth Science Week, October 7-12, 2001 and get a free kit

On October 6, 2000, President Clinton issued a message recognizing Earth Science Week and the contributions geoscientists make toward "stewardship of Earth's fragile and precious environment" and "on such present concerns as global climate patterns, natural disasters, and the conservation of our natural resources." The President's message joins more than 25 proclamations from state governors and city mayors across the nation. Earth Science Week is celebrated annually during the second week of October to increase public awareness and understanding of the earth sciences and to give people of all ages the opportunity to discover the connection between their lives and the Earth. Teachers can go onto the web site to request an Earth Science Week kit free of charge!

Telescopes in Education

Teachers are learning how to take control of a telescope located high above Los Angeles. They will learn how to operate the telescope using the Internet and how to download bountiful images of far out galaxies right to their classroom computers. The Telescopes In Education program, managed by NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., is sponsoring the two-day workshop on Aug. 17 and 18 for more than 15 teachers. The program aims to give educators and students access to research-quality telescopes and charge-coupled device cameras created at JPL and located at the Mount Wilson Observatory.

"We realize many people live in remote areas and that visits to observatories by schools are sometimes not feasible," said Gilbert Clark, program manger. "We wanted to bring science and astronomy home. That means giving teachers the access and the ability to remotely operate a telescope from the comforts of their classroom."

Educators and students can reserve observation time lasting from one hour to all night for any evening of the week. Special observation times or long-term, repetitive observing runs require special arrangement. More information about the program is available at their web site.

A Virtual Journey into the Universe

"A Virtual Journey into the Universe" is an information-rich interactive, educational tour of the Solar System. It covers a range of topics from planets and their moons to theories and phenomena. The site features cutting-edge technology making your journey a truly unique experience. While learning about theories and laws -[rules that govern the physical aspects of the universe ], you can see the action of planetary orbits from many views. Select a planet, see the facts, and interact with the movies that show you each planet's features.

Have your students design a mission to Mars

A Liftoff Participant Kathy Herron would like to share this web site. This site is a web quest that allows students to design a series of missions to Mars. Planning and research are essential, since they must use internet resources and related pages to define their mission objectives, choose a landing site, and decide if their missions will be manned or unmanned, all while adhering to a strict project budget. They will present their proposal to the "board," who will decide whether or not they receive funding for their project. The presentation can be as simple as a speech, or as complex as a web page. Thanks Kathy!

Aerospace Education Services Program

The 2001 version of the brochure "Aerospace Education Services Program" (AESP) is available on NASA Spacelink. AESP specialists provide services such as staff development programs, lecture-demonstration programs for students and faculty, curriculum development projects, and other education related events in all 50 states and U.S. territories. The brochure contains information about how to request a program. The "Aerospace Education Services Program" brochure is located at the above referenced web site.

Give your students a comprehensive picture of the Universe

This web site is being shared by Janice Dillard of St. Charles, MO. This is a great web site, prepared by scientists. It is very informative concerning the subjects of computers, microscopes, and micro- and macrospace. It would be great as a demonstration for teaching the powers of ten, and for presenting a comprehensive picture of the universe. It is a great "jumping off" point for many kinds of math, science, and geography discussions, fairly similar to the presentation made by the video "Cosmic Voyage". Thanks Janice!

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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