VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume IV, Issue 1
Date: 1-8-04

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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 web site to apply.

Mars Mania Day-January 29, 2004

A special day to celebrate the soaring success of Spirit and Opportunity, the Mars exploration rovers! Exciting hands-on activities will incorporate rovers, probes, satellites and planetary exploration.

International Space Station Educators Conference

On February 5-7, 2004 Space Center Houston will be offering a once in a lifetime experience for educators from around the country. A two day intense educator conference on techniques for integrating the International Space Station and the theme of space into all curriculum areas for all grade levels. Over 100 sessions and tours are offered that will inspire teachers with new and exiting classroom ideas. The sessions range from lecture to hands-on to make and take. Many sessions are aligned with state and national standards. Math, Science, Language Arts, Physics, and Geography are just a few of the subjects that are included in the multitude of sessions. Teachers will have the opportunity to network with other educators, discover new and exciting ways to integrate the International Space Station into the existing classroom curriculum, meet and talk with NASA scientists and astronauts that are currently working on the development of the Space Station, and bring back a wealth of knowledge and materials to share with their fellow colleagues.

Texas Science Education Monthly on-line

The Texas Science Education Monthly is now available on-line. Experience on-line access to problem based learning, elementary labs, middle school labs, and Texas science news roundups. Visit the above url.

Earth System Science Course for Middle School Teachers Spring Registration Deadline, Jan. 16

The Earth System Science Course for Middle School Teachers is a sixteen-week professional development course developed by the Center for Education Technologies (CET), and facilitated by educators at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning. Successful participants will earn three semester hours of graduate credit from the Colorado School of Mines (CSM). The cost of the course is $200, which includes all of the materials. This course utilizes a student-centered, Earth system science-based classroom. Participants from all over the country work in collaborative groups in problem-solving activities. Active participation and reflection on learning in a student-centered model enables participants to transfer new learning techniques to their own teaching. See URL Above for more information.

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