VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter
Editor: Talia Jurgens
Volume IV, Issue 8
Date: 4-29-04

Table of Contents

NASA Science and Technology Scholarship Program

Texas Space Grant needs your assistance in identifying High School seniors who desire to study Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics!!! NASA is expected to release a new scholarship program later this summer for undergraduate students, including incoming freshman, who are pursuing a career in a Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics discipline. Initial applications for this program my be taken during the summer of 2004.

TSGC is participating in an effort to build a database of students who are interested in receiving additional information about this scholarship opportunity once it is announced. We would like to have 100s or, even better, 1000s of High School Seniors (Class of 04) in the database. TSGC is requesting that you encourage High School graduating seniors at your school who are going to college to study Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics to submit their name to the database. Thanks for your assistance.

NASA Names New Astronaut Class on Space Day

The next generation of explorers is here. NASA will announce a new class of astronaut candidates, including three educator astronauts, May 6. The announcement is part of the Space Day celebration at the National Air and Space Museum Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center in Chantilly, Va. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. EDT and will be broadcast live on NASA Television.

Just in Time Teaching

Teaching Tip: Just in Time Teaching, Indiana University Purdue, `Just-in-Time Teaching (JiTT for short) is a teaching and learning strategy based on the interaction between web-based study assignments and an active learner classroom. Students respond electronically to carefully constructed web-based assignments which are due shortly before class, and the instructor reads the student submissions "just-in-time" to adjust the classroom lesson to suit the students' needs. Thus, the heart of JiTT is the "feedback loop" formed by the students' outside-of-class preparation that fundamentally affects what happens during the subsequent in-class time together.` Find resources and examples of this technique merging web technology and active learning.

NASA's Windows to the Universe

NASA's Windows to the Universe has three levels, and many windows of information it is an integrated technology project. It has many ways of teaching and many ways of learning involved and is free to the public and is a great web site. Visit the above URL.

NASA in Everyday Life

Finding ways to apply NASA technology to improve life on Earth is one of the most important by-products of the agency's aerospace exploration and research. "Spinoff 2003" profiles the latest products incorporating space innovation in health, medicine, transportation, recreation, consumer products, public safety, computer and manufacturing technology. Among the innovations featured are a hand-held personal safety device that warns pilots of potentially dangerous cabin-pressure altitude conditions and the cochlear implant, which has restored hearing for thousands of individuals and given thousands of others a chance to perceive sound for the first time.

Since 1976, "Spinoff" has featured between 40 and 50 of these commercial products each year. "Spinoff" also maintains a searchable database of every technology published since its inception. To view the database or obtain a copy of "Spinoff 2003," go to above website.

Science News for Kids ages 9-13

Science News for Kids is a new website devoted to science news for children of ages 9 to 13. The goal is to offer timely items of interest accompanied by suggestions for hands-on activities, books, articles, Web resources, and other useful materials. Children have opportunities to comment on the subject matter, ask questions of scientists featured in articles, try out mathematical puzzles, and submit their own work for possible Web publication. They also offer teachers creative ways of using science news in their classrooms.

Science Service, the publisher of Science News, is a nonprofit corporation based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1921, the organization administers the Intel Science Talent Search, the Intel Science and Engineering Fair, the Discovery Channel Young Scientists Challenge, and other programs in science education. Visit Science News for Kids at above website

Cosmic Trivia Quiz

Teaching Tip: Way Out: a Cosmic Trivia Quiz Game, Space Telescope Science Institute's Office of Public Outreach, (suggested by Carl Katsu, Fairfield, PA), Celebrate Astronomy Week with a test of your astronomy knowledge. Choose from novice,pretty smart about space, and astro braniac categories. Animations accompanying questions will heighten student interest. Take the quiz at the above web site.

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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Last Modified: Fri Apr 30, 2004