VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 3, Issue: 5
Date: 3-25-03

Table of Contents

Deadline Extended
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. The Deadline has been extended and the Applications are due April 4, 2003.

****Special Note****

If any teacher has applied for liftoff and not received a confirmation e-mail from Margaret Baguio, then please contact our office or e-mail

Educator Astronaut Report Card, Join NASA's Earth Crew

NASA's Educator Astronaut Program (EAP) invites students, educators and parents to join the Earth Crew and interact with NASA in projects and missions. Earth Crew members meet NASA astronauts and employees, learn what astronauts do, what it's like to live in space, and discover how space exploration affects lives here on Earth. Earth Crew is an exciting, interactive Web-based program that links participants with space-related educational activities. The current Earth Crew mission is to send in original artwork showing how astronauts help people on Earth through activities in space. Several pieces of artwork will be posted in the Earth Crew Gallery in honor of the Columbia crew. The EAP is recruiting teachers to become permanent members of NASA's Astronaut Corps. To date, the program has received more than 6,200 teacher nominations. Earth Crew members and the public are encouraged to nominate teachers. The EAP application deadline is April 30, 2003.


MindSight helps students learn to organize thoughts, make connections and think intuitively. The program enables them to create compelling reports and Web projects with links to videos and sounds (including MP3s), live Internet sites, and any document or application. Visit the above web site.

Project Astrobio Seeks Partners (Grades 3-12)

Project AstroBio -- an amalgamation of "classic" Project Astro with a new component of astrobiology -- is now forming partnerships between amateur/professional scientists and teachers of grades 3-12. Project AstroBio currently has 63 partnerships representing about 1,900 students in participating schools throughout the Puget Sound region. Astrobiology is the study of the origin, history, and extremes of life on Earth, and possibly on other planets. Project AstroBio is especially interested in hearing from potential science partners. The deadline for applications from teachers and scientists is April 15. For more information see above website.

Project Cool (Coastal Ocean Observation Laboratory)

From Rutgers University, the site includes tutorials and modules for grades 6-12 using real-time data based on the latest ocean science research and technology. Modules are tied to national science standards and frequently incorporate mathematics. ` Each module consists of a series of 4-6 individual lessons designed to progressively build upon one another. Each lesson cluster can either stand alone, or be used in conjunction with other clusters to develop greater understanding and skills. (Audience: middle school and up)

Viewing Earth From Space

Are you looking for satellite images of areas and regions on Earth, or images of Earth as the "Big Blue Marble"? NASA Spacelink's latest Focus article "Viewing Earth From Space" can help. "Viewing Earth from Space" showcases NASA's educational products, websites and missions that highlight various images of Earth. Included is a listing of missions that research Earth's various attributes - land, water, air/atmosphere as well as a list of multimedia resources available through the Center of Resources for Educators (CORE). "Viewing Earth from Space" can be found at the above Internet location:

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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