VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 2, Issue: 56
Date: 9-20-2002

Table of Contents

Sign up for NASA's new Online Robotic Course

Join NASA's top authorities in robotic technology for an exciting new series of on-line, interactive lectures featuring the latest on NASA robotics. Registered participants will be given opportunities to interact directly with NASA experts as well as other robotics enthusiasts. You will learn about a humanoid robot called Robonaut, discuss how a free-flying AERCam (Autonomous Extravehicular Activity Robotic Camera) can perform routine tasks on the International Space Station, explore the results of a Sojourner Rover experiment on the Mars Pathfinder Mission, and much, MUCH more! NASA's series of eight robotics lectures starts September 24, so sign-up now! For more information, please visit the above URL.

Space Based Quizzes

Test your space knowledge with our space based quizzes. You will find various topics ranging from the Moon, Mars, and the GRACE and TOPEX missions. All the answers can be found on the quizzes referenced web sites if you look carefully. Visit the link above to start the quiz. Good luck.

Design a Flying Car

The NASA Langley Research Center, Aerospace Vehicle Systems Technology Office, invites high school classrooms and/or student teams to submit their ideas for a practical flying car. The competition encourages all levels of high school students to engage in the process of submitting an entry. Inter-classroom teaming is encouraged, as is inter-school teaming. For example, a local school district may want to sponsor a team that represents the district science classes. A state junior academy of science may want to sponsor a team from among their student members. Traditional science fair competitions could be modified to use the flying car concept as a category. Winning entries from the local science fairs could be improved and submitted to the national NASA sponsored competition. For details visit the above referenced URL.

Mars Student Imaging Project

NASA and Arizona State University's Mars Education Program is offering students nationwide the opportunity to be involved in authentic Mars research by participating in the Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP). Teams of students in the 5th through 12th grade will have the opportunity to work with scientists, mission planners and educators on the THEMIS team at ASU's Mars Space Flight Facility, to image a site on Mars using the THEMIS visible wavelength camera on board the Mars Odyssey spacecraft which is currently orbiting Mars every 2 hours. Visit the URL for details.

Toyota's Investment In Mathematics Excellence (TIME) Teacher Awards

Toyota's Investment In Mathematics Excellence (TIME) is granting awards to teachers of up to $10,000 for innovative projects that enhance mathematics education within a school. This grant is sponsored by Toyota Motor Sales, USA., Inc through its partnership with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and its Mathematics Education Trust Board. Any K-12 classroom teacher with 3 years experience teaching mathematics within the United States is eligibly to apply for this award. The deadline for applications is January 8, 2003. The program summary, proposal guidelines, proposal requirements, eligibility, selection committee and proposal cover form (Adobe Acrobat Reader 3.0 or higher required) are all available to you now at the above web site.

Internet Astronomy Course for Middle and High school students

Astronomy! Even the word conjures up wondrous images in your mind. Images of distant galaxies, maybe, or exploding stars, or comets, meteors, stars, constellations, telescopes, or maybe even your own memories of a night under a truly dark sky where the universe seemed to glow with "billions" of stars. Whatever image the word astronomy creates in your mind, the subject of astronomy has captured the interest and attention of virtually every human on the planet since humans were able to look up. What follows is a course on astronomy using the Internet. It is adaptable to most age and interest levels. Each of the units in the course are listed in the Table of Contents, and each unit has its own separate "page." Visit the web site for the curriculum.

Earth Science Internet Campus

Find a series of clever, interactive, shock wave animations, ranging in size from 36 K to 2000 K, that can be used to introduce the following concepts: 1. Earth: Earthquakes, Seismic Waves and Activity, Earthquake Epicenter; Tectonic Plates and Tectonic Mapping; Glaciers; Hydrological Cycle; 2. Ocean: Sea Pressure and Depth; Secchi Disk; Animal Adaptations - Animals Which Camouflage; Fill the Earth with Oceans (sea level change); 3. Atmosphere: Variations of Tropospheric Thickness; Temperature of the Atmosphere; Wind Direction - The Jet Stream / Jet Stream Map; The Coriolis Effect; Sun's Radiation on Earth - Angle of Incidence/solar altitude; Weather Education, Facts and Trivia; Lightning Game; 4. Space: The Solar System Planets; Satellite Remote Sensing / Taking Satellite Pictures; 5. Science: Periodic Table of Elements; Weight Mass Volume Density Gravity; Characteristics of All Waves. To access the animations go to the above web site.

Grants for Teachers Deadline, October 1, 2002

The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants totaling $50,000 in 2001-2002 to help teachers, curriculum developers, and others improve the quality of civics instruction, with priority on the role of Congress in our federal government. Areas of interest include designing lesson plans, creating student activities, and applying instructional technology in the classroom. Teachers (4th through 12th grades), community college faculty, and college and university faculty are eligible as are teacher-led student teams and individuals who develop curriculum. Priority will be given to the following disciplines: history, government, social studies, political science, and education.

World Space Week October 4-10, 2002

Declared in 1999 by the UN General Assembly , World Space Week marks the anniversary of two great milestones of humanity's expansion into space: 4 October 1957 -- Date of the launch into outer space of the first human-made Earth satellite, SPUTNIK I, thus opening the way for space exploration. 10 October 1967 -- Date of the entry into force of the Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies. The Benefits of World Space Week is it educates people around the world about the benefits they receive from space; Encourages greater use of space for sustainable economic development; Demonstrates public support for space programs; Excites children about learning and their future; Promotes institutions around the world that are involved in space and Fosters international cooperation in space outreach and education. Participate in World Space Week.

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

Subscription Information

To subscribe or unsubscribe to this newsletter please visit

Please note, Texas Space Grant Consortium does not sell or give away its address lists.


Last Modified: Mon Sept 23, 2002