VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume: 3, Issue: 17
Date: November 21, 2003

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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTColumbia Remembered Specialty License Plate

The Texas Department of Transportation and the Aviation and Space Foundation of Texas are offering a Columbia Remembered specialty license plate. Out of the $30 application fee $22 will be used to provide Columbia Crew memorial scholarships and to further aviation and space activities in Texas.

Liftoff 2004 Journey to the Red Planet
Applications now available on-line

Mars has been a beacon for exploration. Mars Challenges the explorer in each of us. Apply now for Liftoff 2004 Journey to the Red Planet. Join NASA Scientists and Engineers, get involved with hands-on inquiry based classroom activities, receive curricula and space science materials, tour NASA and Space Center Houston and get the opportunity to interact with Researchers dedicated to the Mars space missions. Application is on-line now. The deadline to apply is April, 2004. Visit the above website to apply.

Earth Crew Web cast

The next Earth Crew Web cast is just around the corner! On Monday, December 1st at 10:00AM (ET), leaders from NASA's Earth Science Enterprise will be answering questions dealing with NASA's exploration of our home planet. In addition, NASA's Chief Financial Officer will be on hand to share with students how money and exploration are related. Questions contributed by Earth Crew teams will be answered during the broadcast. Another set of questions and answers will be featured on the Edspace Web site. Earth Crew is comprised of students, teachers, and other adults dedicated to supporting the Educator Astronauts as they prepare for and explore space. In addition, Earth Crew members will participate in ground-based projects and missions. NASA is currently recruiting students, educators, and families to join the Earth Crew Team. If you want participate in this great, new way to be a part of the space program, visit the above Web site for information.

Free Flight Centennial Materials (K-12)

The NASA Regional Educator Resource Center has free Centennial of Flight classroom kits available on a first-come, first-served basis. The kits include posters, classroom activities and a magazine of flight history. The kits commemorate the Wright Brothers flight at Kitty Hawk on Dec. 17, 1903. To receive a kit, please e-mail your name and mailing address to

Annual Young Producers Contest (k-12)

The annual Young Producers Contest, sponsored by the Earth & Sky radio series and the National Science Foundation, gives students around the world a chance to create their own science radio programs. The five best shows will air on the Earth and Sky program in the spring, 2004. The deadline for entries is Dec. 15. For contest information, go to above website

Virtual Solar System Adventure

NASA is launching 28 brand-new 60-second "news breaks" for the Kids Science News Network (KSNN). The breaks are geared for kids in grades 3-5, educators and parents.

Produced by NASA's Center for Distance Learning at the Langley Research Center, Hampton, Va., the video and Web-based series includes animated activities featured in a new section of the Web site for grades K-2. Kids frequently ask how a CD works, what makes leaves turn colors, and how to tell time in space. NASA is answering these and many other questions, by reaching out to early childhood educators. NASA wants to help educators teach science, mathematics and technology concepts through the newest additions to KSNN programming. NASA's KSNN also helps explain everyday phenomena and corrects misconceptions. The one-minute on-line videos feature kids answering science, mathematics and technology questions, as well as sharing facts about NASA, in an interesting and instructional format. The companion Web site provides follow- up written explanations, related print and electronic resources, activities and computer-graded quizzes. Visit the above website

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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