VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume IV, Issue 5
Date: 3-5-04

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.

CAST 2004

The CAST 2004 Planning Committee in Corpus Christi is hard at work planning an exciting conference. Seated from left to right: Tara Schultz, Local Arrangements: Lola Grundy, Social Functions Chairperson; Katie Budzinski, Texas State Aquarium Education Coordinator; Joe Martinez, Transportation Chairperson; Barbara McFall, Volunteer Chairperson. The featured keynote speaker will be Dr. Sylvia Earle, Program Chair for the Harte Research Institute for the Gulf of Mexico Studies at TAMUCC. Great field trips, short courses, and workshops are in the making! Start making your plans now to attend CAST 2004, Corpus Christi, Nov. 4-6, 2004.

JASON Academy's New Teaching Science Safely Online Courses Debut March 8

The JASON Academy, part of the NSTA Institute, offers an innovative approach to professional development for busy teachers who want to take content-rich, continuing education science courses anytime, anywhere via the Internet. Several new online science courses have been announced for the spring 2004 semester of JASON Academy: "Teaching Science Safely in the Elementary School" and "Teaching Science Safely in the Middle School" lead teachers and administrators to investigate best practices in the area of classroom and school safety, and make important decisions in the selection of methods and materials. The courses emphasize inquiry in the spirit of the National Science Education Standards and offer positive alternatives for hands-on exploration of the natural world. The legal implications of classroom practice are also addressed. Courses are based on the NSTA Press books Exploring Safely--A Guide for Elementary Teachers and Inquiring Safely--A Guide for Middle School Teachers which are used as textbooks for the course. Browse or purchase the books by clicking on the links. Also new for spring are "Science and Young Children" (preK-grade 3) and "Rainforests -- Endangered Ecosystems". Sessions begin March 8 and space is limited, so register now--click on the above link and follow the JASON Academy link.

Excellence in Science, Technology and Math Education Week

March 15, 2004. The Department of Education (ED) and the National Science Foundation (NSF) are partnering with other United States government agencies and scientific societies to sponsor activities for this years ESTME Week. The activities provide an opportunity for the nations schools to focus on improving math and science education. The exploration begins with activities for students, parents, and teachers, presented by participating organizations on the ESTME Week website below. During ESTME Week, scientists, engineers, and mathematicians are standing by to visit classrooms in every community across the nation. Federal agencies, private corporations, and the scientific community are planning activities nationwide. ED and NSF have compiled a directory identifying groups of volunteers ready to visit classrooms and help engage students in the marvels of science, mathematics, and technology. In Washington, DC, President Bush will announce the winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching, and Education Secretary Rod Paige will preside over the nations first Science Education Summit on March 16. The week is intended to focus on the No Child Left Behind goal of ensuring that schools use research-based methods to teach science and mathematics and measure results. The ESTME Week website will assist schools in planning activities during the week that focus on mathematics, science and technology. See website for more info.

Unique learning experiences for K-12 Teachers

Teacher GeoVentures 2004 are Earth Science Experiences just for Teachers. Explore an active volcano, stand on a mid-ocean ridge, learn geology, understand folds and faults or dig up a dinosaur fossil. Learn how to turn, your experiences into fantastic classroom lessons. Sponsored by the Geological Society of America, the four 2004 trips are as follows:

Teacher GeoVenture are trips designed by teachers for teachers and led by people who are experts in their field. Every participant is a teacher who wants to share their classroom ideas while making new friends across the nation and the world. Graduate Credits are available for attending. For information on these trips, please visit the above link and click on Teacher GeoTrips. Don't delay!

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