VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 2, Issue: 61
Date: 12-6-02

Table of Contents

ICESat Shuttle 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.

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.

Map the Sea Floor
GRACE Gravity Recovery and climate Experiment Educational on-line activities

This curriculum allows teachers in grades 6-8 to show students This 3-5 downloadable classroom activity will help you teach your class how to use graphing skills to picture the sea floor and identify sea floor features that are found throughout the worlds oceans. Download this hands on activity and many other classroom activities at the above URL.

Is it Soup Yet?
Space Explorers Curriculum

This 8th grade curriculum will enable your students to know the nutritious needs of Astronauts in space and create a menu of food for their missions. Everything from Weight of food to breakdown of foods are essential to astronaut survival. Download this curriculum and many other classroom activities at the above URL.

Finding Impact Craters with LandSat

In this Grad 5-8 classroom activity, students consider the sudden release of a tremendous amount of kinetic energy when an extraterrestrial object strikes the Earth. They write about the effects that such a collision might have on the land, atmosphere, water, and living things. Students then read descriptions of the actual effects of impact events and the evidence these leave behind. In small groups, they study satellite images that show possible evidence of impact events, selecting one or two images to interpret for the class, and explain how the image does or does not show evidence of an impact event.

The On-line Journal of Math and Science Needs Teachers

Here's an opportunity to make a high-impact contribution to K-12 education with a relatively small investment of time and effort. PUMAS is an on-line journal of brief examples illustrating how math and science concepts taught in pre-college classes are actually used in everyday life, with many of the examples related to the Earth sciences. They are intended mainly to help K-12 teachers enrich their presentation of science and math in the classroom. Interested in participating? The examples are available to everyone via the PUMAS web site. The project needs teachers at all grade levels, scientists, and engineers to volunteer for the pool of PUMAS reviewers.

NASA Student Involvement Program

The NASA Student Involvement Program (NSIP) is a national program of six competitions linking students in grades K -12 directly with NASA's diverse and exciting mission of exploration, research, and discovery. Students may prepare entries as individuals, as teams of 2-4, or as a whole class, depending on the competition category and grade level. NSIP is a rewarding experience for students and for their teachers. It provides educators with instructional material and classroom-ready resources that support an inquiry-based approach to science, math, technology and geography education. In preparing their investigations for submission to NSIP, students sharpen their inquiry, problem solving, and creative writing skills. It is a great opportunity to watch students excel! Entries are due January 2003.

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: Wed Dec 11, 2002