VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 2, Issue: 52
Date: 7-26-2002

Table of Contents

Jason-1 Poster/Board Game

Voyage on the High Seas, the new Jason-1 Poster/Board game is now available from the Ocean Topography from Space web site. The game can be printed or ordered. Check out the features section at the above referenced web site. Based on feedback received so far, you'll find the game to be a welcome supplement to your Earth Science curriculum. We'd appreciate your feedback as well. Please send your comments to Include in the subject line "Feedback on Voyage on the High Seas"

Essay Contest on "Space and Daily Life"
Deadline July 31, 2002

Satellites and spacecrafts (manned and unmanned) are sent into orbit to collect data and to carry out experiments on board with the objective of improving living conditions of man on Earth and contributing to the advancement of scientific knowledge. Earth observation satellites provide fast and accurate information on the Earth's resources (land, air, water, minerals, rocks) necessary for better environmental monitoring, reduction of natural disasters, management of water resources, assessment of crop yields, etc. Meteorological and oceanographic satellites are vital for weather forecasting and measuring ocean temperature for successful fishing activities. Communication satellites are catalysts for innovative teaching and learning methodologies, medical technology and global dissemination of information. The International Space Station (ISS), symbol of international partnership and a revolutionary site for scientific investigations, will bring new discoveries and deliver unprecedented responses to questions unresolved to date. In view of promoting the peaceful use and exploration of outer space and raising awareness of the important contribution being made by space to society, UNESCO is holding an essay contest on the theme "Space and Daily Life".

Yes I Can! Science Project

The YES I Can! Science Project, hosted by the Faculty of Pure and Applied Science of York University, Toronto has just launched a series of online professional development courses for K-12 Science teachers. The courses are self-paced and designed to enable participants to log on and off and arrange their schedules to suit their work and other commitments. Registration for all courses is ongoing on a continuous intake model. There are no prescribed course dates; participants may register at any time and start and finish courses at their convenience. All courses are approved and accredited by the Ontario College of Teachers. They comply with the Professional Learning Program standards set by the College and are available online to Ontario teachers either in Ontario or abroad. These courses are also available to teachers in other countries wishing to expand their current knowledge and experience in curriculum, teaching strategies or use of technology.

K-8 Aeronautics Internet Textbook

The K-8 Aeronautics Internet Textbook is an electronic multimedia text, teachers' supplement and student workbook designed to be used over the internet in conjunction with the World Wide Web. This "electronic textbook" presents a comprehensive, cohesive study of the science of aeronautics at a level elementary and middle school students and their instructors can easily understand and enjoy. Internet communication media include written text, sign language for the deaf, still pictures, and short video clips.

Astronomy Quiz

Take a quiz and test your space knowledge. Compare your answers with the scientists' at NASA. A quiz is a fun way to learn. It tests not only your knowledge of facts, but also your intuition.

High-School Student uses NASA Probe for Science Fair

A high-school student teamed up with a professional astronomer to make observations of the remains of a star explosion with NASA's Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer (RXTE) spacecraft. Harish Khandrika, an 11th grade student has won a series of awards from the project.

Ride a Rocket!

This 50-minute VHS video cassette from Space flight Now features spectacular "rocketcam" footage from the launch of NASA's 2001 Mars Odyssey probe. Available now from the above referenced web site. Show your students what is like to ride a rocket.

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: Mon Jul 29, 2002