VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 2, Issue: 42
Date: 02/08/2002

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The Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA)

ESSEA has created a national professional development program aimed at improving the knowledge, skills, and resources of Earth Systems Science educators. This professional development program offers state-of-the-art, online courses to promote understanding of Earth Systems Science, to encourage communication and cooperation among teachers, and to facilitate the use of exceptional classroom materials. And you'll do it from the comfort of your home, at a schedule that accommodates you, and while earning graduate or continuing education credit! The three available ESS courses (for teachers of grades K-4, 5-8, 9-12) use an innovative instructional design model. Delivered over the Internet, they feature participant-centered, knowledge-building virtual communities, the optimal method for teaching and learning.

Search for a Habitable Planet (Grades 5-8)

Searching for a fictional planet on which people could live is only one of the student activities available Astro-Ventures, a new interactive NASA Web site. A cartoon guide leads students through a series of role-playing steps. Young people can observe the effects of changes to the Earth and draw conclusions about what is needed for survival. Participants can 'feel' that they are part of an Internet world by receiving information seamlessly, through use of graphics, audio, video and audio transcriptions. Webcasts enable students to watch live video, listen to audio and interact in real-time on the Internet with experts.

Energy and a Sustainable Planet K-12 Educators Conference

"Energy and a Sustainable Planet," will be held March 10-12 in New Orleans, Louisiana. The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE), the event organizer, is making scholarships available for K-12 educators to attend. To further a dialogue between educators, policy makers, business leaders, and young people, AIChE is also providing free registration to high school students. The conference will feature three distinct forums. Panelists will bring divergent points of view on Global Climate Change, Alternative Energy Options, and Nuclear Power.

NSTA/JASON Academy Online Courses for Teachers

Beginning in January, the new NSTA Institute is sponsoring online graduate courses for science teachers of grades 4-9 in collaboration with the JASON Academy for Science Teaching and Learning. These five-week, online courses offer one graduate credit or five CEUs and include:

Teacher and Student Launch Activities at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

If you'd like to see the launch, Cornell University and the CONTOUR mission team invite teachers and students to participate in the launch activities at Cape Canaveral, Florida, by developing a plan to share their excitement and experiences with their community. U.S. students in grades 5 through 12 and their teachers are eligible to participate. All proposals must be received by March 31, 2002.

Journey from spaceship Earth to places unknown!

Take your community on a journey from spaceship Earth to places unknown! The Window on the Universe program takes students, educators, and families in underserved communities to the frontiers of exploration. The application deadline is March 18. Educator Workshops for over 100-200 K-12 teachers, powerful K-12 educational materials mated to the national science standards, a national team of researchers visiting thousands of students in classrooms, and family science events each for hundreds of parents and children, celebrate the joy of learning, and bring science and exploration alive for an entire community.

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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