VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Volume: 2, Issue: 29
Date: 07/27/2001

Table of Contents

Build a Droid for the International Space Station

Inspired by the science fiction classics Star Wars and Star Trek, NASA scientists are building a robotic helper for astronauts. Today's issue of Thursday's Classroom includes 3rd-to-4th and 5th-to-8th grade-level news stories about the real-life droids that may soon inhabit the Space Station. Students can make their own droid from papier-mache or color original droid-art by Duane Hilton. Visit the website for Lesson Plans.

Get an Astronaut's View of Earth with EarthRISE!

Check out over 100,000 photos taken by astronauts out the windows of the Space Shuttle and other space vehicles. EarthRISE contains photos from the past 35 years and is a great resource for students, educators, and the general public interested in our planet.

The Mad Scientist Network

The Mad Scientist Network. Any Ideas you have the urge to share and don't know where or need ideas for a project??? This is a great site for science fair ideas or a place to start when you don't know where else to go! This site is aimed to all levels of youth and adult. Share ideas with them but also with us of course.

Happy Birthday Viking Lander

Twenty-five years ago NASA's Viking Landers descended safely to the surface of Mars and revealed a truly alien world. It was an important milestone in space exploration! But there's more to the story ... beginning in the days of Galileo Galilei. Read all about it in a pair of Martian history lessons suitable for 3rd-to-4th and 5th-to-8th graders. Visit the website for stories and lesson plans:

Mars Dust, for Kids

A giant dust storm is raging on Mars! This issue of Thursday's Classroom includes 3rd-to-4th and 5th-to-8th grade-level news stories about the ongoing tempest. Students might also enjoy experimenting with an edible Mars dust storm as they color original martian art by Duane Hilton.

Designs for Science Literacy

Designs for Science Literacy addresses one of the most difficult education reform questions: how to design K-12 curricula in a way that reflects local needs and interests and, at the same time, enables all students to reach national goals of literacy in science, mathematics, and technology. For an overview of Designs for Science Literacy, including a detailed description of the entire book, the press release, and ordering information, see the referenced web site.

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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