VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 3, Issue: 6
Date: 4-7-03

Table of Contents

The Virtual Astronaut

The Virtual Astronaut Project is an interactive 3-D web site that integrates existing life science research data and NASA educational products into a suite of instructional materials. It provides students and educators with a tool that integrates leading-edge technology with recent findings in physical sciences, space sciences, space medicine, biomedical research and living in space. Theses activities are combined into a single educational tool that provides fun and informative educational activities. Take a look at the above web site.

Mars Rover Contest

You can win a LEGO® Discovery Saturn V Moon Mission set by providing the winning names for the Astrobots on board the Mars Exploration Rover spacecraft! Who are the Astrobots? The Mars Exploration Rovers launch for Mars in May and June 2003! Onboard each rides a new breed of explorer and adventurer -- we like to call them Astrobots. These Astrobots need names, and that is where you can help. The Astrobots are representations of LEGO minifigures suited up for space. They appear as part of the structure that mounts a mini-DVD onto each Mars Exploration Rover spacecraft. The Planetary Society provided the DVD to the mission to carry the names of 4 million people to the surface of Mars! Enter by visiting the above web site.

Robert H. Michel Civic Education Grants

The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants totaling $35,000 in the two selection rounds, October 2002 and May 2003, to help teachers, curriculum developers, and others improve the quality of civics instruction, with priority on the role of Congress in our federal government. Areas of interest include designing lesson plans, creating student activities, and applying instructional technology in the classroom. Teachers (4th through 12th grades), community college faculty, and college and university faculty are eligible as are teacher-led student teams and individuals who develop curriculum. Priority will be given to the following disciplines: history, government, social studies, political science, and education.

REESS Program

REESS is a 7-week program to educate Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology (SMET) undergraduates in the visualization and interpretation of global climate change data. This will be achieved by the assignment of research projects relevant to NASA’s Earth Science Enterprise coupled with a rigorous educational program. In previous years, projects have included Earth Radiation Budget, Sun Photometry, El Nino, Ozone Hole, Digital Earth, Biomass Burning and Monsoons. REESS applicants have been students of Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Geology, Geography, Mathematics, Physics and Science Education. REESS will be held at Norfolk State University, from June 2 - July 18, 2003. Application deadline April 15, 2003. Stipend, room and board and travel assistance will be provided to successful applicants. For more details see above web site.

Space Station Science Picture of the Day

Science officer Don Pettit and his Expedition 6 crewmates onboard the International Space Station have been sending us some extraordinary pictures. Some show breathtaking views of the sky through the station's windows. Others highlight ongoing scientific research in physics and biology. We want to share these pictures with you, so we've developed a "Space Station Science Picture of the Day" web site. Every weekday, Monday through Friday, we'll post a new and cool photo taken by someone on the ISS. Click here:

A Guide to Highschool Programs

This web site provides a wonderful list of Highschool programs. It is a great resource and if you have a Highschool program that you want people to know about, you can list it on this web site.

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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Last Modified: Wed May 21, 2003