VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 3, Issue: 1
Date: 1-16-03

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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 online registration form at the above URL. Applications are due March 22, 2003.

Design Challenges in the Classroom

If you want to involve your students in Space Day 2003, it's not too late you can still sign up today! The design Challenges are meant to inspire students in grades 4-8 to create innovative solutions to aviation and aerospace challenges. The Challenges encourage teams of students to utilize math and science concepts, initiate independent research and connect directly with some of the best minds in the field. The 2003 Design Challenges are: Fly to the Future challenges students to envision, design and build a model aircraft of the future; Planetary Explorers Students design a model spacecraft that can fly on Earth and on another planet or moon in our solar system; and Watt Power! Students build a model aircraft that can remain airborne using a renewable energy source. The deadline for submission of the Design Challenges solutions is March 3, 2003. Submissions received by this date will be considered for national recognition. Stellar Design Challenges teams will be selected from grades 4- 5 and 6-8 by the Space Day Educational Advisory Committee and recognized at the Space Day Opening Ceremony on May 1, 2003 in Washington, D.C.

NASA On-line Teacher Courses

San Jose State University will be offering a NASA-approved on-line Course for teachers starting in spring, 2003. The ESSEA (Earth Systems Science Education Alliance) courses were developed by the Center for Educational Technologies, home of NASA's Classroom of the Future Program. SJSU Will run the ESSEA on-line course for high school teachers in spring, 2003, And the ESSEA on-line course for middle school teachers in fall, 2003. Each course is cross-listed as either a Geology or Science Education class (Geology 204/ Science Education 204), and yields three (semester) graduate credits. Both the high school and middle school courses may be taken, for a maximum of six graduate credits. Courses are moderated by Profs. Paula Messina, Ellen Metzger, and Richard Sedlock. For further information, contact, or visit SJSU's ESSEA Website

Classroom Exploration of Oceans

The National Geographic Society and NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration are planning an exciting series of virtual teacher workshops on ocean topics. They will be held next year on-line at the College of Exploration virtual campus.

On-line Earth Science Lessons

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.

Bad Astronomy

Bad Astronomy from Philip Plait, Sonoma State University, The Bad Astronomy web pages are devoted to airing out myths and misconceptions in astronomy and related topics. Find reviews of popular movies, TV, news, and news briefs. Find out whether an egg stands on end during the vernal equinox.

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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