VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 3, Issue: 9
Date: June 24, 2003

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Out of This World Ecards

Send an Out of This World E-Card to anyone in the world! Pick a card our of 144 cool Space images in categories relating to Astronomy, Satellites, Astronauts, Planets, etc. If you have an astronomy picture you would like to share, send it to us and we can add it to our E-Card selection!!

NASA Kids, NASA needs your help

NASA KID, we need YOUR help! Check out the NASA Portal and discover that this gateway to the best of NASA includes a specific section "For Kids." Please help NASA in identifying the types of things that you think kids your age would like to see in this section. For starters, there are to be games, cartoons, and activities. But what else would you like to have in this section? What types of things would you like to be able to do? What features of NASA Kids would you recommend? Please visit the NASA Portal "For Kids," think about what you would like to see and do, and then write us to send us a message. While we are not accepting new members, the NASA Kids Club is again open for current members, and will remain open until September 1st, 2003. All features will be available with the exception of e-mail.

Represent a Space Satellite Mission

Ten highly motivated educators will be given the opportunity to represent space satellite missions in NASA's Structure and Evolution of the Universe theme as educator ambassadors. Those chosen serve for renewable one-year terms, beginning Oct. 1 and extending through at least September 30, 2007.

Educator ambassadors share their excitement about space-based astronomy by assisting NASA team members in the development of workshops and curriculum. Those selected will participate in one-week summer training institutes at Sonoma State University. The sessions provide interaction with NASA scientists, engineers, project team members, and other educators. Educators will receive travel and per diem funding for these training sessions, as well as yearly stipend of $2,500, and travel reimbursement of up to $1,000 for attendance at a regional or national educator conference. For more information, go to the above referenced website

Digital Library - Worlds largest collection of Science Related Material

The National Science Digital Library (NSDL), a National Science Foundation (NSF) web site, offers free science-related resources to the public, including text, graphics, interactive video, links, and other resources pertinent to computing, engineering, global mapping, physics, mathematics, earth science, paleontology, and more. By 2007, the site will house the largest collection of science-related material available on the Internet, and it will include three portalsmega-web sites that can personalize a broad array of Internet functions. The portals will be titled Using Data in the Classroom, NSDL Educators Portal, and Science Pictures. The digital library opened to the public in December 2002, and NSF continues to accept proposals for projects that enhance the quality and widen the scope of the site. Currently, 119 projects have received NSF funding for inclusion on the site. These projects consist of smaller-scope digital libraries (such as the Digital Library for Earth System Education), message boards that link visitors with experts, collections of news articles, and more.

NASA Online Courses for Teachers

As part of the NASA-supported Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA), SJSU is proud to host "Earth Systems Science for Teachers" two on-line courses for high school and middle school teachers in fall 2003. Because the courses are on-line, distance learners are encouraged to enroll. There is no need to formally apply to the university, since most of the registration process has been streamlined through SJSU's Open University. Each course yields 3 graduate credits and potential participants need not be Earth Science educators.

Gateway to Educational Materials

The Gateway to Educational Materials. This web site is the key to one-stop, any-stop access to high quality lesson plans, curriculum units and other education resources on the Internet. You can search by broad or narrow subjects. The Gateway to Educational Materials is a Consortium effort to provide educators with quick and easy access to thousands of educational resources found on various federal, state, university, non-profit, and commercial Internet sites. Visit the 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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