VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 2, Issue: 53
Date: 8-09-2002

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NASA Kids alert! There are a lot of new and very cool info about the International Space Station! Find out how the Space Station works, and what it's like to live and work there. Just click on the link above and explore the Space Station "Brain Terrain."

Surf the Solar System
Games and Puzzles

The Astronomical Society of the Pacific has just released "Surfing the SolarSystem," a new treasure hunt game and puzzle about the solar system. The online game is part of a new program called Family ASTRO, which is developing activity kits and evening and weekend events that help families enjoy doing astronomy together. In "Surfing the Solar System," players are given clues in words and pictures to specific worlds or features among the planets and moons in our system. The first letters of the answers then spell out what is likely to be one of the most popular tourist attractions when travel among the planets becomes routine. The puzzle provides a clue for each question and suggests some sites for finding out more if you get stuck. A free Flash player is required and can be downloaded from the game site. To play, visit the above URL.

NSIP Competition "Watching Earth Change"

The NASA Student Involvement Program (NSIP) is a national program of six competitions that links students directly with NASA’s diverse and exciting missions of research, exploration, and discovery. NSIP supports national education standards for science, mathematics, technology and geography. Earth-science related competitions in 2002-03 include: My Planet, Earth -- grades K-1 and 2-4 and Watching Earth Change -- grades 5-8 and 9-12. A $4,000 independently-funded scholarship will be awarded to a grade 9-12 NASA Center winner in this competition. For downloadable application and instructions, visit the above referenced website.

Online Courses for Teachers

Several colleges, universities, and other science education organizations across the U.S. are offering online Earth system science courses for K-12 teachers that were developed for NASA by the Center for Educational Technologies (CET) at Wheeling Jesuit University. The organizations are part of the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA), a program led by CET and the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), through funding from NASA's Earth Science Enterprise. The three ESSEA courses (for elementary, middle, and high school teachers) use an innovative instructional design model. Delivered over the Internet, they feature student-centered, knowledge-building virtual communities, the optimal method for teaching and learning. For list of courses, visit the above URL.

Conference for the Advancement of Science Teachers (CAST)
November 7-9, 2002

El Paso, Texas. Come join us at the Annual meeting of the Science Teachers Association of Texas -- one of the largest regional science teachers' conventions in the United States. For more information see above URL.

Bridges to New Frontiers
NSTA Workshop October 24-26, 2002

Learning sessions on Leadership, Biomedical, Naked Earth, and Design Technology, plus a full exhibition featuring the newest and most exciting products and services available will enhance your teaching effectiveness and engage students at every grade level. A roster of distinguished speakers will be led by Dr. Kathryn Clark, Chief Scientist for the Human Exploration & Development of Space Enterprise, NASA; and Dr. Robert Dowling, Associate Professor of Surgery at the University of Louisville and pioneering lung transplant surgeon. The social event highlight will be “A Grand Slam Evening,” at baseball’s Louisville Slugger Museum and the Louisville Science Center. A wide variety of tours will be offered including a visit to Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby Museum, Gheens Science Hall and Rauch Planetarium, Louisville Science Center and several outside of Louisville including Mammoth Cave and the Labrot and Graham Distillery…and much more. For a full schedule of daily sessions and to register, go to

The Gateway to Educational Materials

The Gateway to Educational Materials is a Consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites. GEM is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. Teachers, parents, administrators can search or browse The Gateway and find thousands of high quality educational materials, including lesson plans, activities, and projects. Visit above URL.

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 Aug 09, 2002