VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 2, Issue: 40
Date: 01/03/2002

Table of Contents

Free Astronomy and the Solar System Workshop

Middle School Teachers! Want to increase your knowledge and comfort level in teaching about Astronomy and the Solar System? Want to go back to your classroom with dozens of new hands-on activities? Come to one of the following FREE workshops: January 16, 2002 in Austin, TX, February 14, 2002 in Edinburg, TX and February 21, 2002 El Paso, TX - (All times - 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.). Topics include The Solar System, Reasons for the Seasons, Life Cycle of the Sun, Solar Motion, Distance to the Planets, Phases of the Moon, Common misconceptions, and NASA Missions. Teachers will receive a notebook of free curriculum, resources, videos and suggested lesson plans. Register Now! Visit our web site to register or contact Margaret Baguio at

Earth System Science Course for 5th-9th Grade Teachers

The WestEd Eisenhower Regional Consortium is pleased to provide a NASA-sponsored, online Earth System Science course for teachers in grades 5 through 9. This middle school course is a 16-week graduate course that was developed at the Center for Educational Technologies, Wheeling Jesuit University. It is structured as a collaborative experience and is held exclusively in an online environment. Participants in this exciting professional development course experience online, collaborative learning; master new content; design new classroom activities; and become knowledgeable about new resources. The course implements a student-centered Earth system science-based classroom where participants learn from the student's point of view. Teachers participating in this course work in collaborative groups to tackle problems and process new information. Teachers can directly use this content and pedagogy in their own classrooms. For more information about the course and an application, visit the above referenced URL.

Using Atlas of Science Literacy workshop
Austin, Texas April 4-6

Professional Development workshop for Educators about Atlas of Science Literacy. Atlas is an exciting new resource that presents nearly 50 strand maps developed by Project 2061 of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Strand maps present conceptual connections among the ideas and skills that serve as goals for student learning. They graphically display how students might develop from kindergarten to grade 12 in their understanding of topics such as gravity, symbolic representation, design constraints, natural selection, and scientific investigations. This three-day workshop will give participants a new perspective on standards-based reform and a new tool for the work that lies ahead. Participants will use Atlas and other Project 2061 resources to enhance their understanding of science literacy, and to improve curricula, instruction, and assessment. This new workshop will be held in Austin, Texas on April 4-6, 2002.

Summer Teacher Internship in Science Education

The National Center for Microgravity Research on Fluids and combustion (NCMR) at NASA Glenn Research Center has a select few dynamic summer internship positions available for teachers and high school students. Interns work directly with NASA scientists and the education outreach team. Internships are one aspect of NCMR's commitment to providing educators and students with experiences that make science accessible, share the excitement of space exploration, and encourage the pursuit of careers in science, math, engineering, and education. For more information or an application, visit the URL.

Apply for Computer Grants (K-12)

Grants of computer equipment and software are available to schools and youth organizations that provide educational programs in low-income communities. The Oracle Help Us Help Foundation donates new Internet appliances and laser printers as well as all the ancillary equipment necessary to connect the devices. Public schools are eligible if 50 percent or more of the student body qualify for the subsidized lunch program or can otherwise be documented as low-income, and/or the school's most recent test scores indicate that students are struggling to meet achievement standards. Deadlines for applications are Feb. 28 and May 21. For more information, visit the URL.

Free Math and Science Skills available (K-12)

Get Smarter, a new free science and math Web site, offers K-12 students a chance to test their skills against their international peers -- and have fun in the process. The Council on Competitiveness, a nonprofit, nonpartisan association, sponsors the site. To visit Get Smarter, go to the above web site.

National Space Biomedical Research Institute Teacher Academy Project

The Teacher Academy Project (NSBRI TAP) is a 3 year nationwide teacher staff development project that will prepare Experienced Space Science Teachers/Leaders to assist their local middle school peers in implementing cutting-edge space-based science concepts related to NASA's planned mission to Mars in the classroom. The NSBRI TAP will engage today's grade 5-9 students in cutting-edge space research and make them excited about space flight. It will improve their scientific literacy on the subject to enable them to make informed decisions about space flight during their adult lives. 90 Experienced Science Teachers will be trained over 3 years to train local teachers in the resources and concepts available to engage students in the highly motivational study of space science. Teacher Academy participants for 2002 will work closely with NSBRI research scientists; attend two national meetings, the National Science Teachers Association Convention in Philadelphia, PA and one other; participate in a two week summer institute, June 22-July 3 at Texas A&M University and at Johnson Space Center, Houston, Texas. Upon successful completion of the project, participants will be certified as Fellows of the NSBRI Teacher Academy. Additional project information, can be found at the web site above.

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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