VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 2, Issue: 47
Date: 4/26/2002

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2 Free Astronomy and the Solar System Workshop
May 7, 2002 or May 8, 2002
El Paso Texas

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

4-H Blast Off for Fun Space Camp

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.

Teacher in Space

Barbara Morgan, an Idaho Elementary school teacher and Christa McAuliffe's backup to fly aboard the ill-fated Challenger mission in 1986, is headed to space. Morgan will be assigned as a mission specialist on a shuttle flight to the international space station in 2004. She has been in astronaut training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston since 1998, when then NASA chief Dan Golden announced the official resumption of the Teacher in Space program. Morgan has worked with NASA as the Teacher in Space Designee, mostly giving speeches at schools around the United States.

Cyber Space Day- Adventure to Mars
Thursday, May 2, 2002

Why are we interested in exploring Mars? Find out in the first hour of the Cyber Space Day Webcast. What do we know so far about our ability to send humans to Mars and to bring them safely home? What kind of crew will be needed to get to Mars? See Mars experts such as Orlando Figueroa, Director of NASA's Mars Exploration Program; Dr. Matthew Golombek, Chief Scientist for the Mars Pathfinder Mission, discuss these questions in the second hour!! Join us again for the fifth annual Cyber Space Day Webcast, to hear about these topics and a whole lot more. See scientists and astronauts - some of whom are currently working on the Mars Odyssey and other robotic missions to Mars. See space legends Sen. John Glenn and Dr. Sally Ride. See above URL for more information.

Earthworks Workshop: Earth System Science for Secondary Teachers
July 27 - August 3, 2002

Earthworks is a free one-week workshop that provides an opportunity for teachers to investigate Earth Systems Science at the local level through The interconnections between the geosphere, atmosphere, biosphere, and hydrosphere. The goals of the workshop include: providing teachers with an introduction to Earth system science that will encourage and enable them to pursue learning about our planet with their students, guide teachers through a learner-centered experience in which they can develop an understanding of Earth systems and share that understanding with others, connect teachers with scientists who study Earth systems and develop an Earth system science learning community, composed of workshop participants and scientists, which will be maintained throughout the school year.

The Futures Channel's Encyclopedia of Math and Science

The Association of Women in Science (AWIS) will be participating as a Contributing Organization for The Futures Channel's Encyclopedia of Math and Science in the Real World, a digital video-based reference work for teachers, students and parents. Customizable teacher resources and unique student projects, the Encyclopedia will be published on CD-ROM and DVD-ROM. Customized editions to supplement specific textbook and educational on-line services will also be produced and licensed, as well as special versions for school district servers and intranets. "The Encyclopedia will be a highly visual resource that actually takes students behind the scenes at work places they might never have imagined, much less had the opportunity to visit. They will see all kinds of role models achieving fascinating things because of their skills in science.

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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