VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume IV, Issue 4
Date: 2-20-04

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.

Mars Odyssey Teacher workshop at Space Center Houston

Space Center Houston presents a 2004 Mars Odyssey April 2-3, 2004. Come be apart of the exciting adventure of Mars exploration! The camp-in is for teachers of all grade levels and subjects. This is an all night adventure full of fun, activities and networking. Spend a night of fun and learning and be a part of the exciting adventure of Mars exploration! Learn all about the "Red Planet" and bring home exciting, hands-on classroom activities. For more information or to register, please call 281-244-2149, email or visit the web site above

On-line Knowledge Magazine

This is an fantastic web site for teachers and students.The link above takes you directly to the Orbits page which is an interactive activity to show just how planetary orbits work. Click on a planet and see it's orbit in action. Take a look.

Women Working on Mars

As part of National Engineer's Week and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, NASA's Mars Public Engagement Office is producing the third in the "Women Working on Mars" webcast series airing live on Feb. 26th at 4 p.m. PST. The show will focus on the science results and engineering accomplishments of the Mars Exploration Rover mission, along with discussion about what it takes to pursue a career in science and engineering. Discussion will be generated by in-studio and online questions. We will also air pre-taped questions from museums across the country. For more information on how to participate, visit

Student Scholarships/Teacher Fellowships for NASA MESSENGER Mission

NASA's MESSENGER (MErcury Surface, Space ENvironment, Geochemistry, and Ranging) Mission to explore the planet Mercury will be only the second spacecraft to ever study the innermost planet of the Solar System. MESSENGER is set for a launch during this coming May, and will take about 5 years to reach Mercury. There are two opportunities for students and educators associated with this mission: The NASA MESSENGER mission to Mercury is offering two $500.00 scholarships to eligible recent high school graduates as an essay contest. For more information about the scholarship: MESSENGER Education and Outreach Program is implementing a program for master science teachers at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. The program is a nationwide teacher training initiative where a cadre of 30 Fellows for a two-year fellowship will be selected to conduct educator workshops on inquiry-based educational materials created in support of the mission. Applications are invited for the next Fellowship cycle. To receive an application or if you have any questions, please contact Senayt Assefa at the Challenger Center either by e-mail at or phone 703-683-9740 or 1-800-969-5747. Deadline to apply is March 31, 2004.

Space Center Houston Day Camps

Does your child want to become a space cadet? Space Center Houston offers EXCITING Day Camps for children ages 4- 14 that are out of this world! Campers will learn in a fun and unique environment where they can explore the wonders of space through hands on activities and one-of-a kind space exhibits. Camp topics include Rockets, Space Suits, Robotics, Planets, Stars, Space Shuttle, International Space Station, and much more! For more information or to register, please call 281-244-2148 or 281-244-2131, email or visit the website above

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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