VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 3, Issue: 15
Date: 10-3-03

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTAttention 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 or complete the registration form downloadable on our website.

Design a Martian

Beginning Oct. 13, classrooms around the world will investigate what makes our planet and others habitable with the final goal of designing a life form that could live on Mars. Students will use Astro-Venture online tools to find the different characteristics of our planet and star system, as well as to discuss why they are important. They will compare Earth to Mars and research what characteristics are important in supporting human life before designing their Martian. The deadline to submit their final designs is Nov. 28. The following week they will hear feedback from NASA scientists. For more information, visit above website

Earth System Science Education Alliance Courses for K-12 Educators

The NASA portal has three new articles highlighting the Earth System Science Education Alliance (ESSEA), a national professional development program sponsored by NASA ESE. ESSEA supports colleges, universities and science organizations offering online, Earth system science courses for K-12 teachers. Take a look and learn more about the program and these excellent courses - past participants are raving! Look for expanded Earth system science coverage on the NASA portal in the coming months. Visit the above website For more information on ESSEA.

The Teacher Leaders in Research Based Science Education

Ever wanted to study the stars and the sun with telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory near Tucson, Arizona? Funded by a National Science Foundation Teacher Enhancement teacher retention and renewal grant, the TLRBSE program will enhance your skill to be a leader and mentor for those science teachers new to the profession. In addition, teacher-participants learn how to acquire astronomy data and how to support their students in conducting authentic astronomy research projects. The 2004 TLRBSE program includes four primary elements: 1) A 14-week online distance learning program, for which participating teachers receive 3-units of graduate credit from the University of Arizona; 2) A 2-week in-residence workshop (we pay a stipend, partial room & board, and up to $500 for travel) at the University of Arizona, including several nights of research at Kitt Peak National Observatory, a world-class observatory complex high above the Sonoran desert of southern Arizona; 3) A two year program of ongoing mentoring support for beginning teachers; and 4) Partial funding to attend a national NSTA meeting with your mentees; This is an opportunity you don't want to miss! We are now recruiting experienced (five or more years of classroom teaching) science teachers in this exciting project to mentor teachers, participate in an on-line course, and implement research-based science education in their classrooms. Participants will enhance their leadership skills while increasing their knowledge of pedagogy and astronomy over a two-year span. See above website for details.

Virtual Solar System Adventure

Ready for a little space travel? The "Solar System Experience" is a new multimedia feature that lets you ride along with three JPL robotic missions - or allows you to build your own exploratory spacecraft. Join the Voyager mission to the outer planets, get a sneak preview of the Cassini spacecraft's encounter at Saturn, and rove around the red planet with the Mars Exploration Rovers. Or, build your own robotic spacecraft for a mission to Jupiter's moon Europa. The multimedia is available over the Internet for high-bandwidth users or as downloadable files for those with low-bandwidth connections.

Free Idea Book for Educators

The Idea Book for Educators is the biannual teacher's magazine created by the Education Department at A&E Television Networks. The Idea Book includes Teacher's Guides for programs featured in Classroom and a printed version of the A&E Classroom Calendar, which features air dates, program descriptions, and copyright information. The Idea Book is sent free of charge to teachers who request it. To receive your complimentary copy in the mail, please fill out the following form:

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: Tue Oct 21, 2003