VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 2, Issue: 46
Date: 4/12/2002

Table of Contents

Medical Association honors Jean Durrett

Jean Durrett, a past Texas Space Grant Liftoff Summer Institute Participant, received a plaque, $4,000 and a $2,500 grant for Maedgen Elementary and will be honored April 18, 2002 by the Medical Association for Excellence in Science Teaching. Launched hot air ballons, pintail ducks, rockets, salt crystals, puffy-head big-leg syndrome and mars missions are just some of the few activities she does with her science students. For article click on the above URL.

Sally Ride Launches "Imaginary Lines"

Sally Ride, first American woman in space, has launched a company, Imaginary Lines, whose mission is to excite middle school girls about science. Imaginary Lines offers science festivals, a Sally Ride Science Club, and space camp adventures. If you know a middle-school girl, or if you work with girls in this age group.

2nd Annual Space Day Student Survey

The 2nd Annual Space Day Student Survey is a quick and easy way for your students to learn more about living and working in space! The 15-question on-line survey asks students' opinions about various aspects of living and working on Mars - what they think are important priorities and reasons for exploring Mars and some indications about what they would do and where they would go while on Mars. This is a great way to introduce on-line surveys to students and to discuss how surveys are used to gauge public opinion! Please share this information with all the students and teachers in your school so that they can participate in the survey. Hurry the deadline is April 24, 2002. Link on the above website to complete survey.

The Knowledge Loom

The Knowledge Loom is a place for educators worldwide to Review research that identifies best practices related to various Themes, View stories about the practices in real schools/districts, Learn to replicate the success of these practices in your own organization, Add your own stories, knowledge, questions to the collections, Participate in online events and discussions and Discover supporting organizations and resources. It may be helpful for all teachers.

Rocks from Space Teacher Resources

Rocks from Space. The Bureau contributed geologic information as well as historic data from a 1939 exploration of the Odessa Meteor crater to a team lead by UT Astronomy Department researcher Dan Lester and including Austin Independent School Distinct staff and teachers in this project funded by NASA. The above Web site is a useful Teacher Online resource.

Earth from Spac Maps (grades 3-12)

Help students use photo images from space to create a large map of the United nStates or the world, find where they live, and label other places they know.

2002 NASA Core Catalog now available (K-12)

The 2002 version of the NASA Central Operation of Resources for Educators (CORE) catalog is available as a downloadable .pdf on NASA Spacelink. CORE is NASA's worldwide distribution center for aerospace education materials. Through CORE's distribution network, the public has access to more than 200 videotape, slide, CD-ROM, and DVD programs chronicling NASA's state-of-the-art research and technology. The catalog is located at the above web site.

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: Thu Apr 11, 2002