VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 2, Issue: 55
Date: 9-10-2002

Table of Contents

Who Wants to be a Martian?

Who wants to be a Martian? Is that your final answer? Maybe you should poll the audience? Have your class participate in the Who Wants to be a Martian on line quiz with questions about Mars. Visit the link above to start the quiz. Good luck.

Protein Crystal Growth Experiments in Space
Once in a lifetime opportunity for Teachers and Students

The Texas Space Grant Consortium will offer students and teachers in Texas the opportunity to conduct protein crystal growth experiments in their class and load flight samples for space flight. While the teachers and students learn how protein crystals grow on earth and why growing crystals in space is important they will conduct experiments and research on the importance of biomedical studies. Selected teachers and students will load flight samples that will launch on the Space Shuttle and fly in the International Space Station. This is a first come, first served opportunity as supplies are limited. Information about the Protein Crystal Growth and a printable application can be downloaded at the above URL.

Science & Our Food Supply Teacher Curriculum

Get free supplementary curriculum for middle and high school science teachers, as well as a professional development opportunity. It is sponsored by the NSTA and the FDA. Please visit the URL below to learn more. "Science & Our Food Supply: Investigating Food Safety from Farm to Table" offers a supplementary curriculum for middle & high school science teachers. It also invites teachers to apply for an expenses paid 2003 professional development program in food science. (FDA). It is Guided by the National Science Education Standards, includes varied activities easy to incorporate into all curriculums and includes insider interviews with real-life scientists and a career guide.

Remote Sensing Interactive CDs for Teachers

Are you looking for ways to teach students about Wetlands and Remote Sensing. Interactive CD's are available for grades 7 12 at a minimal cost. Many different Earth-sensing satellites, with diverse sensors mounted on sophisticated platforms, are in Earth orbit or soon to be launched. These sensors are designed to cover a wide range of the electromagnetic spectrum and are generating enormous amounts of data that must be processed, stored, and made available to the user community. This rich source of unique, repetitive, global coverage produces valuable data and information for applications as diverse as forest fire monitoring and grassland inventory in Mongolia, early typhoon warning over the vast Pacific Ocean, flood assessment in coastal zones around the Bay of Bengal, and crop health and growth within the plains of the United States.

Teachers needed for on line science education

We are looking for teachers to take a fully on line course that focuses on science education - designing lessons that teach students how to collect, analyze and present data. You will come out of the course with a lesson that you can use in your class. In the process, you learn strategies for integrating technology, you learn inquiry design strategies, and you learn to apply your curriculum standards in the design of your lesson. The courses have been very well received by teachers and most teachers tell us that the lesson they designed in the course were used in their classroom. And you will be paid for taking the course. We are looking for people who: teach upper elementary or middle school; feel that a science education professional development course would be helpful to them; have regular computer and Internet access; know how to use email and how to attach documents to email messages and have not completed an LTTS course in the past twelve months. Visit the above web site for details.

Ninth Annual Panhandle Area Mathematics and Science Conference "Tackling the TAKS"

Registration still open for the Ninth Annual Panhandle Area Mathematics and Science Conference "Tackling the TAKS" on Saturday, September 28, 2002 at West Texas A&M University in Canyon, Texas. To register, visit the above URL.

The Sun Times, The Global Sun/Temperature Project

Your school and students can join to collaborate with other schools throughout the world in determining how the average daily temperature and hours of sunlight in a specific location are affected by how close that location is to the equator. Subjects: General Science, Mathematics, Language Arts Grade Level: Ages 9-12 (Although any age may participate) Join schools from around the world in this collaborative project as students measure the local temperature and record the number of minutes of sunlight per day over a specific week. This information, along with latitude and longitude descriptors of the school location, is submitted to the web site. This data is then compiled into a database that the students will use to compare and contrast their results with other classes from all over the world. The students will then be able to answer the question, "How does proximity to the equator affect average daily temperature and hours of sunlight?"

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 Sept 16, 2002