VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume IV, Issue 3
Date: 2-6-04

Table of Contents

LiftOff 2004 Journey to the Red Planet - Free Teacher workshop

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. July 16-20, 2004 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.

MarsQuest on-line

NASA's second rover, Opportunity, successfully landed in a small impact crater on Mars on Saturday, January 24th. This crater offers a quite different view of the surface of the planet, including exposed bedrock and extensive deposits of a mineral called crystalline hematite, which usually forms in the presence of liquid water. The Spirit rover landed January 3rd in the Gusev Crater and is currently experiencing some software problems following two weeks of exploration and imagery transmission. MarsQuest Online offers a variety of interactive resources that engage the user in the science of this mission as well as previous Mars research. There are classroom resources as well as visualizations and games designed for independent inquiry of water, life, volcanoes and canyons of Mars.

Penn State Workshops for Science Educators

Inspire Your Class - Penn State's 2004 Workshops for Science Educators will help you bring standards-based teaching and thought-provoking learning into your classroom. Middle school and high school teachers in all science disciplines--including earth science, physics, chemistry, meteorology, astronomy, life sciences, and biology--are encouraged to take part.Grants from NASA and PA Space Grant cover lodging, meals and $100 travel. In addition, the following workshops offer tuition subsidies: Astrobiology, Stars and Planets, Galaxies and Cosmology, and Mechanics of Materials.

Send in your Schoolhouse Rocks
Mars Scientists need your help

Mars scientists are asking students from around the world to help them understand the red planet. Send in a rock collected by you or your classroom and they will use a special tool to tell you what it's made of. The rocks will be kept in a special collection where scientists from around the world can come to study them. Rocks should be no smaller than 2 inches nor bigger than 6 inches. Make sure to only take a rock in or on the ground in its natural setting. Avoid rocks that are decorative or used in landscaping as they could have come from other regions on Earth. Students might want to include the latitude/longitude of sample site, the name of a geographic feature (if it has one) where rock was collected and a copy of map with location where rock was collected. For more information on sending in your rocks, visit

Despite far-reaching goals, NASA benefits Earth most

The next time you reach for your cell phone, thank NASA. If your doctor recommends an MRI, thank NASA. The space agency deserves another moment of gratitude when you pop in a DVD and settle back for a good movie, or when you reach for a composite golf club, hoping to out-drive your buddies. And think of NASA when a smoke detector blares to save your life. Why? Read the great article on the link above

NASA and Apple Computer Provide Resources to Help Educators

NASA's multimedia exhibits and educational resources are now available to educators for classroom use through the Apple Learning Interchange (ALI) on-line educational environment. NASA's educational technology team, led by staff from NASA Ames Research Center, Moffett Filed, Calif., is disseminating NASA's mission and research-based instructional content to support professional educators as they strive to improve the quality of teaching and learning. The "Teaching & Learning" section of ALI includes lessons, media-rich exhibits and events appropriate for classroom use. With the help of Apple Computer, Inc. of Cupertino, Calif., several NASA educational technology products that have already become popular among educators and students will now be available to a wider audience. View the above website for more information and take a tour.

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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