VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 3, Issue: 3
Date: 2-21-03

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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.

Out of This World Opportunity for Teachers - Educator Astronauts

Teachers - Do you want a chance to be an actual astronaut? NASA is beginning its efforts to recruit and select K-12 educators to join NASA's Astronaut Corps and become the first class of Educator Astronauts. As pioneers for NASA and the education profession, these K-12 educators will help NASA to explore the bold frontiers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in ways never done before. The men and women selected for these unique positions will be a key element of NASA's direct connection to classrooms by sharing with their fellow educators and students the talents and disciplines necessary to make history, break barriers, and explore frontiers.

Educators may apply using the Educator Astronaut website above. The application deadline is April 30, 2003. Educators with questions about the program, or who do not have access to the Internet, can call (877/332-7876) toll-free. NASA will review the applications and select Educator Astronaut candidates to begin training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston to join the astronaut corps. After graduation, new Educator Astronauts will be eligible for a Space Shuttle flight assignment as fully trained Mission Specialists.

Young Inventors

The entry deadline for the Craftsman/NSTA Young Inventors Awards Program is fast approaching! You still have a few weeks left to challenge your students to invent or redesign tools that solve everyday problems. Every student who enters the competition receives a Craftsman item; a personalized certificate; and a chance to win awards$250, $500, $5,000, or $10,000 U.S. savings bonds! The deadline for entries is March 4, 2003. For full details and entry forms, please visit web site for details.

National Science Teacher Association Convention
March 27-March 31, 2003

NSTA generally hosts four conventions each year - a national convention in the spring and three regional conventions in the fall. In 2003 our national convention will be held in Philadelphia Pennsylvania, March 27-30. Any Liftoff Summer Institute teachers that are planning on attending, please notify Margaret Baguio at Texas Space Grant. 1-800-248-8742 or e-mail

NASA Explorer Schools Program (NES)

Reaffirming its commitment to education, NASA is announcing a new initiative to bring exciting learning opportunities to educators, students, and their families. he NASA Explorer Schools Program (NES) will provide a unique relationship between schools and the agency to "inspire the next generation of explorers." The program is designed to provide customized, extended professional development for educators. It will also provide authentic mathematics and science experiences for students and their families. Fifty NES teams will be chosen and have a week of intensive training at one of NASA's 10 Field Centers in July. Each team will consist of 3 or 4 science, mathematics, or technology educators and an administrator. The teams will develop and implement action plans to address local needs in science, mathematics, or technology education for the following three years. During the 2003 pilot year, the program will focus on grades 5 to 8 content. Selected educator/administrator teams will work with NASA specialists to integrate agency science content into their curriculum through problem-solving activities and to incorporate challenges into their mathematics and science curriculum. Students and their families will be the focus of interactive local and on-line learning experiences. All NASA Explorer School Teams will be eligible for a $10,000 grant. See Website for more info.

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Last Modified: Wed May 21, 2003