VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 2, Issue: 43
Date: 02/22/2002

Table of Contents

Liftoff "Have Space Suit will Travel"

People can endure many discomforts in exchange for the thrill of living in space. The nausea of space sickness, fitful sleep without the familiar pressure of a bed, meals eaten from plastic bags - it's fine as long as the novelty of being in space lasts. But what happens to space travelers psychologically and physically during long-duration space flight to extreme environments? Will they long for the comforts of home? Join us for this professional development training workshop for middle and high school teachers. Hurry - The application deadline is February 28, 2002. See the above website to complete an application.

Lunar-Meteorite Sample Loan Program

Lunar-Meteorite Sample Loan Program Educators must first be certified to borrow lunar and meteorite materials by attending a training seminar on security requirements and proper handling procedures. The same certification applies to lunar and meteorite samples. These briefings are given by NASA staff at locations around the country. Written requests should be sent to the NASA Educator Resource Center (ERC) in your geographic area. Included here is information about contacting the NASA ERC in your area. Click on the link for the NASA Field Center Educator Resource Centers and select your state or region.

SSI's 4-Day K-14 Education Workshop for Scientists, Engineers, and EPO Professionals
21 - 24 April 2002, Boulder CO.

Spend four days in beautiful Boulder learning about science education! This workshop offers scientists, engineers, and education managers the knowledge necessary to design and implement effective Education and Public Outreach (EPO) programs. Who Should Attend: Scientists or engineers interested in K-14 EPO, EPO managers who are tasked with EPO program design and with providing meaningful ways for scientists and engineers to contribute to EPO efforts, Educators interested in gaining perspective about working with scientists and engineers in EPO.

Space Center Houston Teacher Camp In
April 12, 2002

Spend an exiting, fun filled night at Space Center Houston's Life In Space Camp-In. Find out everything you ever wanted to know about the human body in space and discover just how difficult it is to live and work in the space environment. Participate in hands-on sessions and attend the special suit presentation. Visit the Johnson Space Center Educator Resource Center at Space Center Houston and take back lots of materials to the classroom.

Satellite Pictures of the Olympics

Newly released satellite images provide remarkably detailed views of Salt Lake City, its Olympic venues, both in town and up in the mountains. Images from the IKONOS satellite, owned by Space Imaging, peer down on the Olympics from 423 miles (681 kilometers) above, revealing details down to 3-feet (1 meter). One photo shows the 2002 Olympic Village at the University of Utah and the Rice-Eccles Olympic Stadium, venue of the Opening Ceremony Feb. 8 and the Closing Ceremony Feb. 24. The stadium was recently expanded to seat a capacity of 56,000 people. IKONOS also snapped close-up views of the nearby outdoor ski towns of Deer Park and Park City and the slopes above them. Park City will host downhill skiing, slalom, giant slalom, luge and snowboarding events. At Deer Valley, medals will be won in moguls, aerials and slalom events.

Middle School Institutes Offered (6-8)

This summer, the University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials will again offer its MSSTI three-day institutes. Ten teachers will be selected for each of the three institutes. Teachers will receive a stipend and continuing education credits. All institutes include training in engineered biomaterials and hands-on, inquiry based teaching and learning. Upon completion of an institute teachers are allowed to check out curriculum and kit materials to use in their classrooms.For more information, call Janet Blanford at 206-221-5823.

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Last Modified: Fri Feb 22, 2002