VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 3, Issue: 13
Date: August 22, 2003

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Attention Teachers: Earth Science Week Workshops
(Grades 5-8)

In Support of Earth Science Week, October, 16-17, 2003, Texas Space Grant Consortium is sponsoring teachers workshops covering Lunar Meteorite, Solar System, Mission Geography and Earth Science. You may sign up for one or both days and professional development credits are available. The workshops will be held at the MCC building in Austin Texas. If you are interested in signing up, please e-mail Talia at and a registration form can be sent to you. Registration forms will also be printable on the web in the next week.

Mars on August 27, 2003

Every second you count one one-thousand, two one-thousand, three one-thousand.. Mars gets approximately 30 km closer to you. Earth and Mars are rapidly converging. On August 27, 2003 -- the date of closest approach -- the two worlds will be 56 million km apart. That's a long way by Earth standards, but only a short distance on the scale of the solar system. Get your telescopes, binoculars or just your eyeballs and make sure you take a look.

2003-2004 NSIP Compitition (K-12)

Posters announcing the 2003-2004 NASA Student Involvement Program (NSIP) competitions for K-12 students are now available. Categories include Earth-focused research, planetary mission design, communicating the story of flight in print or on videotape, and creating experiments for NASA launch. The competitions are easily adapted to local curriculum and support science, math, geography and technology standards. All participants receive NSIP certificates. Awards include plaques, medals, NASA ceremonies at schools, Space Camp scholarships, and trips for high school students and their teacher to the National Symposium and/or Student Flight Weeks. Posters and additional competition information are available at the above website. offers a wealth of classroom resources including star maps, an astronomy dictionary, puzzles and games, online lessons for ages 7-11 and 12-18, and a great demonstration of the size of the universe, courtesy of Powers of Ten. For more information, go to the above website.

DLESE Opportunity for K-12 Teachers

Headed to the NSTA Regional Conference in Reno Dec 4-6? The Center for Science, Mathematics and Technology Education at Colorado State University is looking for 25 teachers to take part in a Digital Library for Earth Systems Education (DLESE) training workshop. DLESE offers Earth science information on the Web for teachers, students and the general public. The workshop will acquaint teachers with all aspects of the site so that they will be able to serve as ambassadors at their state and local education meetings. Participating teachers will receive one night of lodging in Reno. They will be expected to make presentations at two local or statewide venues over the next year. Logistical and financial support will be available and a $200 honorarium will be made after the presentations are completed.

Out of This World E-Cards

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!!

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: Mon Aug 25, 2003