VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 3, Issue: 16
Date: 10-21-03

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K-12 Educational Workshops Nov. 6 & 7, 2003

Attention teachers! Do you want to launch learning excitement into your classroom? Do you want to stimulate your students minds and give them goals and role models to strive towards? On November 6th and 7th you can make this happen! The Space Foundation has been officially recognized by the United States Centennial of Flight Commission as the host for the 2003 Colorado Centennial of Flight Celebration. The Space Foundation has teamed up with the United States Air Force Academy and NASA to offer you an exciting educational workshop filled with hands-on activities, knowledge, and historical importance The Space Foundation is offering an educational opportunity called The Celebration of Flight: Past, Present, and Future.This historical event includes an evening of educator training, followed by a day of K-12 student activities and tours at the United States Air Force Academy. The educator training includes seminars on aviation and space and will introduce standards-based curriculum and materials on physical science, mathematics, earth science, history, and integration into literacy and art.

Help Create an Orbital Space Colony (6-12)

NASA Ames Research Center is holding its annual Space Settlement Contest and inviting students from around the world to develop their designs for permanent space communities. The contest is open to students in grades 6-12. Participants can be individuals, small teams of two to six, and large teams of seven or more (even whole classrooms with teacher leadership). Grades 6-9 and 10-12 are judged separately, except for the grand prize. 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. For details, go to above website

Weather Contest of the Century (K-12)

On Dec. 17, 2003, there will be an attempt to recreate the Wright brothers historic flight at Kill Devil Hills, N.C. Students are being challenged to predict what the weather conditions will be on this day, the 100th anniversary of the first powered flight. The 2003 Flight Forecast program is a national contest developed by the U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission and The Franklin Institute Science Museum. It provides teachers with fun and interactive activities and historical weather data that students can analyze as a basis for predicting the weather at Wright Brothers National Memorial. All activities align with the National Science Education Standards, the National Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, or some combination of both. The deadline to register on line and participate is Nov. 3. Forecasts will be collected in three grade groupings -- K-4, 5-8 and 9-12 -- with the complexity of the forecast increasing at the higher grade levels. Forecasts must be submitted online no later than Nov. 17 and prizes will be awarded for the most accurate forecasters within each grade group. To participate, go to above web site.

Earth Science by Design Seeks Help with Field Testing

Earth Science by Design" seeks 8 organizations (such as a school district, a museum, a consortium, or a college department) to field-test its year-long program of professional development for middle school science teachers, beginning in summer 2004. There is $10,000 program support for each organization selected. This program has been developed through a grant from NSF to TERC and AGI. For further information, see Contact Harold McWilliams, Ph.D., Project Director, at 617-873-9673 (Email: for additional information and to apply.

Science News for Kids - New Website

The goal of this website is to offer timely items of interest to kids, accompanied by suggestions for hands-on activities, books, articles, Web resources, and other useful materials. The emphasis is on making the Web site appealing by offering kids opportunities to comment on the subject matter, ask questions of scientists featured in articles, try out mathematical puzzles, and submit their own work for possible Web publication. At the same time, promoting interest in offering teachers creative ways of using science news in their classrooms. Take a look.

Helping Your Child Learn Math K-5

The second edition of "Helping Your Child Learn Math" is for parents of children in kindergarten through fifth grade. It includes a variety of activities that will help children learn and apply mathematical concepts such as geometry, algebra, measurement, statistics, and probability. All of the activities in this book relate math to everyday life and complement many of the math lessons that children are learning in school. The activities use materials that are easy to find. For more information, go To above web site.

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Last Modified: Tue Oct 21, 2003