VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 3, Issue: 4
Date: 3-7-03

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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.

The Great Desert: Geology and Life on Mars and in the Southwest

The workshop is designed for teachers of space sciences, grades 6-12. Participants will learn about planetary geology and astrobiology via field studies (Grand Canyon, Meteor Crater, Valles Caldera volcano), laboratory investigations, and Classroom exercises. Teacher trainers will include active researchers in geology and Astrobiology from the Lunar and Planetary Institute, the University of New Mexico, and NASA Ames Research Center. We will provide a quality, in-depth experience -- as can be seen in the web record of last summer's teacher training workshop at Yellowstone. For more info, visit the above website.

Robot Design Challenge

March 1 through May 1, participate in an activity in which students do parallel research with NASA engineers, solving a real NASA "problem."

If you're a K-12 teacher looking for a way to capture your students' attention while teaching them science or technology concepts in the context of real research, then this is the project you've been searching for! Throughout the design challenge your students will acquire and employ decision-making skills and collaborative skills while applying principles of science and technology. This project will include several opportunities for students to interact live with NASA experts in the course of the design process. All activities correlate to the national standards in science and technology. Careers in engineering will be showcased as well as NASA research in robotic design. To learn more information and to apply, visit the above website.

Teacher Flashcards available on-line

Over 90 flashcard sets for testing knowledge in geology, astronomy, oceanography and meteorology are available at the Flashcard Exchange. Cards on the site won't tap higher order thinking skills and some of the flashcard answers lack depth. However, the site is a quick way to gauge subject matter mastery. Flashcards are also available for the humanities, languages, and the humanities. To browse the cards, go to the above web site

Columbia website

As Space Education continues, we still mourn the loss of Columbia, but we must learn and teach from it for future frontiers into space. Here is an amazing website on the Columbia shuttle by USAToday depicting the Columbia data.

New Property of Water in Space

Quite by accident, we have made a most surprising observation," reports Don Pettit, the science officer of the International Space Station. It happened during his spare time on a Saturday morning last month. Pettit was preparing to make some weightless soap bubbles--just for funwhen he discovered a very curious property of water in space. Full story at above website.

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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 May 21, 2003