VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 2, Issue: 45
Date: 03/28/2002

Table of Contents

4-H Blast Off for Fun Space Camp
July 15-19, 2002

Blast off at Space Camp. Ages 9-13 are welcome to register. Kids, build and launch model rockets and build and race solar cars, experience an orbital simulator, learn about aerodynamics and GPS systems. The camp is held at Martin Jr. High in Austin, Texas. All campers receive a visit to NASA Space Center in Houston, Model Rocket, Lunches, Snacks, and awards ceremony and a T-shirt. For more information and to register your camper, Contact Texas Cooperative Extension at 512-854-9600 or visit the above referenced website.

Middle School Students begin exploring Mars

A group of small, unnamed craters in the martian southern hemisphere is the first site captured by a group of middle school students who are operating the camera system onboard NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft this week. The acquisition of the image marks the beginning of the Mars Student Imaging Project, a science education program funded by NASA and its Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, Calif., and operated by the Mars Education Program at Arizona State University, Tempe. The project gives thousands of fifth to 12th grade students the opportunity to do real-life planetary exploration and to study planetary geology using Odyssey's visible-light camera. "It was incredible to watch their faces. They really understood and appreciated what they were doing and that they were the first people on Earth to see that place on Mars," said Dr. Philip Christensen, the camera system's principal investigator at Arizona State University. The Mars student imaging project began with Christensen, who wants to give students a chance to participate in the fun of exploration. To see and download the image, go to the above URL.

Wings and Astronaut Fun

This week, NASA explores features lessons on wings that bend and what astronauts do for fun in space. NASAexplores includes lesson plans for grades K-4, 5-8 and 9-12. To access the articles and lessons, please go to the above URL.

Conference for the Advancement of Science Teachers (CAST)

CAST is the annual meeting of the Science Teachers Association of Texas and regularly attracts up to 4500 teachers, K-12. It is one of the largest regional science teachers' conventions in the United States. CAST 2002 is the first science education conference to address the needs of the bilingual student. This year's conference is in El Paso, Texas on November 7-9, 2002. A teacher workday is scheduled in the El Paso region for November 8, 2002, so science teachers in that area will be attending CAST. For more information see url.

Anything but Math Activity Contest

Enter the "Anything but Math" Activity Contest and you could win cool TI Technology. Get creative, and explain how you could use your favorite TI product in a class other than math. Just submit a classroom activity for any grade from 7th on up and you could win. See details at the above website.

Solar System Educator recruitment

Announcement of Opportunity for the new Solar System Educator recruitment. There are 20 positions to be filled. JPL is looking for outstanding candidates who meet the requirements. They also want to have more minority Solar System Educators so that the Educators better represent national diversity. These states currently do not have a Solar System Educator from their state: Alaska, Delaware, New York, Rhode Island, South Dakota, Vermont, DC and Puerto Rico. Geographic diversity is also a goal. Get specific info and download an application at the above referenced web site.

Galaxy Hunter

New educational activities from Amazing Space: in "Galaxy Hunter," students can go online and use actual data from the Hubble Space Telescope to study galaxies in deep space. When students are finished hunting for galaxies, they can try unscrambling the schedule for a Hubble telescope servicing mission. Or send a comet smashing into Jupiter and watch what happens.

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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Last Modified: Fri Mar 29, 2002