VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 3, Issue: 2
Date: 2-11-03

Table of Contents
In Memory of the Space Shuttle Columbia STS-107 Crew

STS-107 Condolences

NASA has a book on-line where individuals can express their condolences to the families of the STS-107 crew.

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.

Earth Science Flashcards

From Flashcard Exchange, find over 90 flashcard sets for testing knowledge in geology, astronomy, oceanography, and meteorology. Available in an html and java format, the cards won't tap higher order thinking skills and some of the flashcard answers lack depth; still, this site is a quick way to gauge subject matter mastery. It is also a good site to have brighter students critique: what is wrong with a flashcard answer and why? Flashcards are also available for the humanities, languages, and the humanities. (Audience: middle school and up)

Feb 25 2003 - CoSN's 8th Annual School Networking Conference

The conference theme is "Achievement, Assessment & Accountability." The K-12 School Networking Conference is the premier event for education leaders on learning through the Internet and technology. The conference attracts more than 500 district, state, and national education technology leaders, all looking to enhance their careers and learn from other leaders in the industry to define the future of Internet and telecommunications in our nation's schools.

Distance Learning Course for Physical Science and Physics Teachers

The University of Virginia offers a new videotape-based distance learning physics course for physical science and physics teachers. PHYSICS 609--Galileo and Einstein, can be used toward certification in physics and may be transferred into the University of Virginia Master of Arts in Physics Education program. Lectures and demonstrations on how the natural world developed are part of each video. Case studies will focus on Galileo Galilei, first to appreciate the importance of experiment, and Albert Einstein, first to realize time is not absolute and mass can be changed into energy. Problem sets and exams are submitted via WebAssign, a web-based homework delivery and grading system. The course runs from March 2003May 2003.

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