VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 2, Issue: 58
Date: 10-18-2002

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Congratulations Dan Caron

Congratulations to Dan Caron, an aerospace and technology education teacher at Kingswood Regional High School who was named teacher of the year and was honored by the New Hampshire Chapter of the Airforce Association.

LiftOff 2003 - Exploring the Unknown
Summer Institute for Middle and High School Educators
July 14 18, 2003

Register for this all expense paid, week-long professional development training for teachers. This workshop is FREE for Texas Teachers. This aerospace workshop series emphasizes science, mathematics, and technology learning experiences by incorporating a space science theme supported by NASA missions. Teacher participants are provided with information, materials, and experiences through hands-on activities and field trips that will promote space science and enrichment activities for themselves and others. LiftOff 2003 features: Presentations by NASA scientists and engineers; Tours of NASA and Space Center Houston; Hands-on, inquiry based classroom activities; Free curricula and space science materials aligned to educational standards; Teacher activity share; Opportunity to interact with researchers dedicated to space missions. Complete the on-line registration form at the above URL. Applications are due March 22, 2003.

Space Puzzles

Teachers, work interactively with your students on space related puzzles. Choose from Astronauts, Lunar Missions, GRACE in Space and Mars topics. Visit the above URL.

Planetary Geology

Find a comprehensive site with planetary images, wallpaper and screen savers, a map-a-planet interactive that allows you to create a map at your preferred level of customization, a current research section, a kids' section, and even GIS for the planets: U.S.G.S. Planetary GIS Web Server. Audience: middle school and up.

Astro-Venture - Interactive education

Astro-Venture is an educational, interactive, multimedia Web environment highlighting NASA careers and astrobiology research in the areas of Astronomy, Geology, Biology and Atmospheric Science. Students in grades five through eight are transported to the future where they role play NASA occupations and use scientific inquiry, as they search for and build a planet with the necessary characteristics for human habitation. Supporting activities include chats with real NASA scientists, on-line collaborations, classroom lessons, student publishing area and occupations fact sheets and trading cards.

Engineering Essay Contest (6-12)

The National Academy of Engineering is sponsoring an essay contest open to ALL students in grades 6-12. In 300 to 400 words, we'd like students to tell us How they think engineers have changed and continue to change the world. Essays should focus on ONE of the following topics: Engineering's Great Achievements What engineering achievement do you consider to be the greatest? Why? History's Great Engineers Who would you nominate for an Engineering Hall of Fame? Why? The Future of Engineering What is one of the significant technologies that engineers will develop in The next 50 years? How will it change the world? Monetary prizes will be awarded for top essays in each topic area in both divisions. Winning essays in each topic area will be published on the EngineerGirl web site.

Internet-based bridge design contest

Check out the Internet-based bridge design contest run by West Point. The purpose of the contest is to provide U.S. middle school and high school students with a realistic, engaging introduction to engineering. The neat innovation is the fact that students can download and use a free bridge design software program that is both powerful and simple to use. Once designed, bridges can be posted to the web site as part of a publishing activity. Prizes are given to the top designs.

(NOAA) Office of Global Programs (OGP) looking for Teachers

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Global Programs (OGP) is looking for an energetic, adventurous, dedicated teacher for its first sponsored Teacher in the Field project. The Teacher in the Field will get to participate in the SALLJEX research project (described below), travel to South America, and teach her/his classes via near real-time Web broadcasts. The Teacher in the Field project is an extension of NOAA's Teacher at Sea program. OGP, in partnership with the National Science Foundation (NSF), has successfully supported 5 Teachers at Sea.

Sleep is Good Campaign

Univ. of Texas at El Paso, Energy Center, who is helping with the Energy education programs, has pledged to have over 100,000 computer monitors in Texas schools to sign up for the EPA's "Sleep is Good" campaign. For more information, please see above URL.

Virtual Skies Education

NASA's "Virtual Skies" Web site transports students and teachers into the exciting world of aerospace research and air traffic management without leaving the classroom. "Virtual Skies," a collaboration among aerospace and education experts from NASA's Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, Calif., is part of NASA's expanding commitment to education. The Web site introduces students to several aspects of the exciting world of aviation with a series of virtual field trips using air traffic management as the main theme. "Virtual Skies" contains numerous interactive elements to encourage students to explore the excitement and variety of aviation and aerospace research. Geared for grades 9 through 12, "Virtual Skies" is aligned with national education standards in mathematics, science, geography and technology. The Web site also provides teachers with lesson plans and worksheets to allow easier incorporation of material into a regular high school curriculum.

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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