VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 2, Issue: 60
Date: 11-15-2002

Table of Contents

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.

Gravity Attraction of objects of different masses in Space
GRACE Educational on-line activities

This 3-5 downloadable classroom activity will help you teach your class how gravity controls the orbit of plants The force of the attraction between two objects and the effect of the orbit around the sun. Demonstrate that gravity is present now, describe attraction forces by using magnets and answer the question "Why doesn't the moon crash into the Earth?" Download this and many other classroom activities at the above URL.

Weightlessness in Space
Space Explorers Curriculum

This 7th grade curriculum will enable teachers to explain to your students what the effects of weightlessness have on the human body from Nutrition to bone mass and weight loss. Download this curriculum and many other classroom activities at the above URL.

Students name the Mars Exploration Rover Contest

NASA announced a contest, which will give American school kids a chance to make history, by naming two rovers being launched to explore Mars. The robotic explorers are part of NASA's upcoming Mars Exploration Rover (MER) mission. The twin rovers will land at two different locations on the mysterious red planet to explore the surface in search of answers about the history of water on Mars. The NASA "Name the Rovers" contest is open to students 5 to 18 years of age who attend a U.S. school and are enrolled in the Fall 2002 school season. Submissions must include suggested names for both rovers and a 50-500 word essay justifying why the students believe the names should be chosen. The contest has many educational benefits and encourages students to do research for their essays and to learn more about Mars and space exploration. The contest is open for submissions through January 31, 2003. NASA will announce the contest winners prior to launching the rovers in the spring of 2003. Visit the URL for details.

NASA's Student Rocket Contest

The joint venture will enable the top 10 teams in the Rocketry Challenge competition to submit proposals to participate in the 2003-2004 Student Launch Initiative at Marshall. Up to three high school teams will be selected to participate and be mentored by Marshall engineers and scientists. With guidance from their mentors and teacher representatives, each student team will design, build, test and launch a reusable vehicle and payload aiming for an altitude of 5,280 feet, or one mile. After completing the project, the three teams will be eligible to receive an invitation to attend Space Camp at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center in Huntsville. The Team America Rocketry Challenge will select winners from the top 100 schools nationwide at a fly-off competition in Northern Virginia May 10-11, 2003.

Space Day 2003

Students and teachers can participate in the Space Day Discussion Boards by asking questions, getting advice, giving tips, or familiarizing themselves with the technology students will use when participating in the Design Challenges. The Discussion Boards are very active with students working with experts and other students on their Design Challenges. In the "Teacher's Talk" section of the Boards, experienced Space Day teachers are helping other teachers on how to do the Design Challenges and Space Day in the classroom. Teachers and students can get ideas on what challenges they can do and learn and share new ideas about the future of flight. Don't miss this opportunity Register at the above web site.

Satellites and Education Conference XVI

This is the internationally recognized, premiere conference for educators interested in using satellites and related technologies as a vehicle for helping students appreciate and understand the complex interrelationships among science, technology, individuals, societies, and the environment while developing and applying inquiry and technology skills to study authentic questions and problems.

Diversity Resource Center Searchable Educators Database

The purpose of the Diversity Resources Center (DRC) is to promote social equality by transforming educational practices and curricula. The DRC offers a searchable database to provide print, media, and web-based resources relevant to developing "diversity-inclusive" curricula and for use by students, faculty, and educators. Take a look at the above website.

ICESat Launch
December 19, 2002

The ICESat Mission (Ice, Cloud and Land Elevation Satellite) will map the vertical elevation of the Greenland and Antartic ice sheets more accurately than ever before and allow us to address the question: are the ice sheets growing or diminishing with time and what is their contribution to seal level change? Online educational activities are currently available at the above web site. Share these puzzles, quizzes and games with your students. The launch date is scheduled for Dec. 19, 2002 from California.

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