VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 2, Issue: 41
Date: 01/18/2002

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: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

Energy and a Sustainable Planet - Educators Conference

K-12 Educators: Every day you teach your students how to shape their world. Now you have the opportunity to learn the latest on how to sustain the planet and fuel the future. As an educator, you are invited to an important and unprecedented conference, "Energy and a Sustainable Planet," March 10-12 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), organizer of the event, is making scholarships available for K-12 educators. To further a dialogue between educators, policy makers, business leaders, and young people, AIChE is also providing free registration to high school students. "Energy and a Sustainable Planet" will feature three distinct forums. Panelists will bring divergent points of view on the controversial subjects of Global Climate Change, Alternative Energy Options, and Nuclear Power.

K-12 education standards
Austin, Texas April 4-6

At its December meeting in San Francisco, the AGU Council adopted a position statement in support of K-12 education standards for Earth and space science. A copy of the policy statement can be found at this link:

Museum Offers Science Online Courses

The American Museum of Natural History has developed science-rich courses that help teachers meet the new national science standards that call for increased rigor and authentic, inquiry-based experiences for their students. Each six-week on-line seminar will engage teachers in scientific inquiry with research tools and techniques and will wrestle with the unanswered questions that intrigue, motivate, and even plague researchers. The Museum has partnered with Classroom Connect, the largest provider of K-12 Internet resources, to bring these courses to teachers nationwide. Connected University is Classroom Connect's division that runs on-line courses for teachers Graduate Credit and Continuing Education units are available for successful completion of the courses. This spring the Museum will offer four on-line seminars through Connected University.

Space Day 2002's "Adventure to Mars!"

Prepare for Space Day 2002's "Adventure to Mars!" NASA Quest and the Johnson Space Center's Distance Learning Outpost bring you three one-hour webcasts to help students prepare their design challenges. After a short intro about each challenge, NASA experts will answer questions from students concerning their work on the challenges live, via the Internet. Challenges cover all curriculum areas. The webcasts are scheduled for January 22 and 23. For complete details see:

ISS - A Home in Microgravity: What is Microgravity?
Tuesday, January 29, 2002

Join us on an expedition to the world of microgravity. Often misperceived as weightlessness or zero gravity, microgravity is the unique gravitational environment astronauts experience on a spacecraft orbiting the earth. Joining us will be John Charles, who specializes in the effects of spaceflight on the heart and blood vessels. Visit the URL for more info on this K-12 Workshop.

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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