VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 3, Issue: 10
Date: July 3, 2003

Table of Contents

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!!

Mars! Explore the Red Planet
First Earth Science Week distinguished speaker series

Dr. Humboldt Mandell, Retired NASA Scientist
Thursday, July 24, 2003, 7:00 8:30

Sponsored by Austin Earth Science Week Consortium and TxDOT. Donations accepted at the door to support Earth Science Week activities. Mars is the next frontier of space exploration. Learn how scientists and engineers plan for future missions to explore Mars and investigate the mysteries of the red planet with someone who has spent his career at the forefront of Mars research exploration! For additional information and a map to the location, visit the above URL.

Science IQ New Website

Are you the kind of person who wonders about how the universe was formed, what pheromones are, or how jellyfish can survive without a brain? Do you think about genetically modified food and wonder what exactly stem cells are? Do you like to cut through the politics of global warming and therapeutic cloning and understand the scientific facts? If your answer is yes to any of these questions, here's a site that's cooked up a daily helping of brain food just for people like you. helps keep you informed and up-to-date about the world outside and within us, from white noise to gray matter to black holes.

Starry NightTM Software Wins 2003 Parents' Choice Gold Award!

Increase your knowledge about astronomy while enjoying a captivating interactive experience ... Blast off and visit any solar system body, or any location up to 20,000 light years away. View 35,000 stars along with 170+ deep-space objects like galaxies, star clusters and nebulae. Watch the phases of the moon and see what the stars looked like on the day you were born! Create your own movies and images. Click on LiveSkyTM to connect to astronomy resources and additional object information on the Internet. Get it at the above web site and download Starry Night's award-winning and brilliantly realistic astronomy software. Immediately view the sky from anywhere on Earth or blast off and visit stars, asteroids, or other planets.

Vinny Award

Combine skills in research and writing with teamwork and creativity to win prizes and recognition. Named after Leonardo da Vinci, the VinnyTM is an award for the best one-minute videos explaining how Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics can help solve common global problems.

The VinnyTM Awards is a contest to produce a one minute video that explains how Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM) is being used or can be used to help solve a global problem. Examples of such problems include pollution or food distribution. Teams of students work with a teacher and a mentor to research a global problem and ways that STEM is or can be used to help solve the problem. You might want to pick a problem that has an impact on your community or is of concern to you and people you know. The team then brainstorms about how to explain the problem and solution to 4th graders with a video, and then produces the video. The team submits the video and other materials. Sometime in the Spring of 2004, CNU will announce the winners and award prizes.

Teams must be composed of students from who are all within the same grade range (Elementary, Middle, or High School). For example, a middle school team would have students from grades 6-8 only. To register, see the above web site

Harry Potter and Moons of Jupiter

Blistering-hot volcanoes that belch snow. Moons bigger than planets. Icy worlds with vast underground oceans. All of these things can be found in the latest Harry Potter novel. And according to NASA space probes, they're all real. This week you can see them yourself in the evening sky.

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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