VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 3, Issue: 14
Date: 9-12-03

Table of Contents

Earth Science Week Workshops

In Support of Earth Science Week, October, 16-17, 2003, Texas Space Grant Consortium is sponsoring teacher 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 (Mopac and Braker) in Austin Texas. If you are interested in signing up, please visit the above link for form.

Classroom Challenge Design a Martian

October 13 - December 5: Classrooms around the world are invited to investigate what makes our planet habitable. Using Astro-Venture on-line tools, you will find the different characteristics of our planet and star system and discuss why they are important. You will compare Earth to Mars and research what characteristics are important in supporting human life. Then, you will be ready to design your Martian, a life form that could live on Mars. For more info, please visit the above web site.

IGES 8th Annual Art Contest

This year's contest supports the following content standards for K-4 (National Science Education Standards, National Research Council, 1995). Students should develop an understanding of science as a human endeavor. Fundamental concepts underlying this standard include: Science and technology have been practiced by people for a long time; Men and women have made a variety of contributions throughout the history of science and technology; Although men and women using scientific inquiry have learned much about the objects, events, and phenomena in nature, much more remains to be understood. Science will never be finished; Many people choose science as a career and devote their entire lives to studying it. Many people derive great pleasures from doing science. Deadline is October 31. For more information, visit the above web site.

NASA Asks Students to Help Design Orbital Space Colony

As children around the world begin the new school year, NASA scientists are seeking their help in designing an orbital space colony. NASA Ames Research Center, located in California's Silicon Valley, is holding its annual Space Settlement Contest and inviting students from around the world to develop and submit their designs for permanent space communities.

"The annual Space Settlement Contest inspires our next generation of explorers to use the science, technology and mathematical skills acquired through formal learning to become engaged in shaping and sharing the experience of exploration and discovery," said contest organizer Barbara Navarro of NASA Ames.

Sponsored by the NASA Office of Biological and Physical Research through the NASA Ames Life Sciences Division, the contest is open to students in grades 6 through 12. Contestants are invited to submit their models, artwork and stories by mail to Bryan Yager at Mail Stop 236-7, NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Field, CA 94035. Deadline for submissions is March 31, 2004. Visit above web site for details.

Meet an Astronaut Days January 2004

Do any of your students dream of becoming an astronaut? Dare your student to contemplate a career in the space program! In January 2004 astronauts will be speaking with students about their training and what it takes to become part of the NASA team. Make reservations now! Visit the above web site.

World Space Week Oct. 4-10

This year's World Space Week has a galaxy of activities to excite students about math and science including a chance for students to meet Space Week spokesman, Lance Bass of NSYNC. There is also a chance for teachers to receive a $500 grant simply by reporting on how they use space in their classroom during World Space Week. K-12 teachers can get activity ideas in the free activity guide. For more information visit the above link

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: Fri Sep 12, 2003