VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 2, Issue: 50
Date: 6-14-2002

Table of Contents

National Geo Foundation to Award Teacher Grants

The National Geographic Society's Education Foundation will make grants of up to $5,000 each to help educators make an even greater impact through innovative geography education projects. The foundation seeks to fund projects that either promote geographic knowledge through education, or promote stewardship of natural and cultural resources. Projects should include one or more of the following strategies: exploring uses of new technologies; expanding student experiential learning opportunities; providing professional development and mentoring; and engaging families and/or communities in education. All projects should be scheduled to begin and end during the 2002-03 school year or the summer of 2003. The deadline to apply is June 14. For more information, see the above URL.

Compete for the 2003 GLOBE Expeditions

Approximately 10 student teams will be selected to represent the United States at the June 2003 GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE) in Sibenik, Croatia. Each team will consist of two to four students accompanied by a teacher-chaperone. US teams will be selected based on written presentations of student research projects. GLOBE will arrange for partial support of the winners' costs to attend the 2003 GLE. The international student-teacher conference is a forum for student research teams to present the results of their research projects. It also will be an opportunity for students to experience and measure a new environment, meet other GLOBE students from around the world, and learn from each other and from GLOBE scientists. For more information, go to the above Web site.

Ballunar Liftoff Festival, August 23,24 & 25

Ballunar Liftoff Festival held at Johnson Space Center This unique weekend of fun takes place at NASA's Johnson Space Center - on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday August 23, 24 & 25. The JSC / NASA site transforms into the location of Ballunar Liftoff Festival. It is a one-of-a-kind tribute to human flight - from the beauty of mass hot air balloon ascensions to the high-tech world of modern space flight. Visit his educational, exciting and educational family-oriented event at NASA/Johnson Space Center and enjoy hot air balloon competitions, evening balloon glows, skydiving exhibitions, commercial exhibits, concession booths, food from local restaurants, arts & crafts exhibits entertainment and various aviation equipment displays.

REVEL Project

The Research and Education: Volcanoes, Exploration and Life (REVEL) Project is sailing with five science teachers with strong interest in bringing current oceanographic research to their students an colleagues! You can follow their sea-going adventures in the N.E. Pacific Ocean From May 15 to May 21, 2002. The teachers will sail on the University of Washington research vessel Thomas G. Thompson. During this cruise. Send questions to teachers and scientists at sea at With the REVEL Project, teachers journey on the open ocean and participate in deep-sea field research. REVEL teachers or "REVELers" work closely with scientists, are involved in cutting-edge science and technology. Supporting this sea-going experience are professional development opportunities through which REVELers increase their content knowledge, enhance their teaching skills, transfer their experience to the classroom, assume leadership roles, and collaborate with a network of researchers and education professionals.

Fear of Physics

" shows you physics in action. This site is an interactive, highly visual, and non-technical way for you to see the laws of physics in action." The Web site is suitable for elementary-grade Science teachers. As well, much of the content is useful for the mechanics aspects of physics through to high school. has condensed all the mechanical motions of physics into video snippets that are a few seconds long. It capitalizes on the Web's ability to display motion in a user-controlled way.

TeachFirst, Inc

TeachFirst, Inc., a provider of classroom-proven teaching strategies, lesson materials and mentoring via the Internet, has been chosen to provide online professional development for 200 teachers participating in The New Teacher Project, a nonprofit organization focused on helping school districts recruit and train high quality teachers. TeachFirst takes a unique approach to teacher training by partnering with award winning educators to capture classroom proven teaching methodologies and making them available to your school districts. Additionally, TeachFirst fosters a community of both national and intra district mentoring relationships via live and scheduled chat sessions that encourage sharing successful teaching strategies.

ISS and Space shuttle Endeavor Sightings

NASA's space shuttle Endeavor and the International Space Station (ISS) will make several bright appearances this week over North America. The pair should be easy to spot from most backyards in the United States. Check the URL for times.

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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