Volume IV, Issue 14
Editor Talia Jurgens
Columbia Specialty License Plate
The Texas Department of Transportation and the Aviation and Space Foundation of Texas are offering a Columbia Remembered speciality 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.
To apply for this specialty plate submit an Application for A Specialty License Plate. For more information about specialty license plates and see a picture of it, visit the above web site.
NSTA is Looking for a Few Good Leaders
Know an NSTA member you believe could be an effective leader in the world's largest professional organization for science educators? Could you?
Nominations are being accepted from now through Sept. 10 for candidates to assume key roles with the National Science Teachers Association. Those elected will benefit from truly unique professional experiences and gain career enhancement as well as the opportunity to contribute to the science education field.
Hurry! Sept. 10 is the absolute deadline for all applications and information, which must be submitted on-line.
Space Vision: Making Astronomy Accessible to Visually Impaired Students
Astronomy, with good reason, is thought of as a visual science. Spectacular images of deep space objects or other worlds of our solar system inspire public interest in Astronomy. People encounter news about the universe during their daily life. Developing concepts about celestial objects presents an extra challenge of abstraction for people with visual impairments. The Texas Space Grant Consortium with educators at the Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired developed a 2 day workshop held in April 2004 to help students with visual impairments understand these concepts.
The Science Lab
The Science Lab web site has lots of great information listed into categories and subcategories from topics that range from Agriculture to physics. Take a look. Many teachers have thought this web site is very helpful.
Space Biology online
Space Biology (BO 277) is an undergraduate course covering a wide range of topics in the area of gravitational and space biology. It is available to everyone this fall via distance education through NC State University. Space Biology is an overview of the biology of plants, animals and humans as related to gravity and the spaceflight environment. The survey nature of the course exposes college students (both science and non-science majors), working professionals, K-12 teachers and advanced high school students to a range of topics and ideas in biology and space exploration.
For more information on the course, including how to register, go to the above website.
Landmarks for Schools
Landmarks for Schools now provides links to information building blocks: Web sites, pages, and interactive tools that provide information in the form of a raw material. The information and data that it provides can be imported into other information processing tools and used in the meaningful construction of unique and valuable information products, within the context of social studies, science, mathematics, and other disciplines.
On each resource listing page, there are links to instructions for moving text into word processors, tabular data into spreadsheets and images into computer drawing tools. This site promotes the ideas that students (and teachers) should be spending time building information products and using their work to accomplish specific goals.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.