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VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter

Volume IV, Issue 18
Editor Talia Jurgens
Date 11-12-04

Actually, This is Rocket Science

Kids dig rockets. And now they're going to feel the same about science. Watch your students' enthusiasm blast off while they explore Newton's three laws of motion through rocketry activities. They'll learn about aerodynamics and how the many parts of a rocket propel it skyward. Then they'll build and launch their own rockets. See above web site for details.

A Free On-line Weather School

Log in to weather at your finger tips. Website is easy to navigate to any subject. Includes Intersperseds which are learning lessons which can be used to enhance the educational experience and learn and teach general meteorology. See above web site.

NASA Explorer Schools '05 program registration now on-line

Applications are now being accepted from educators and administrators interested in becoming a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) Explorer School. Once accepted into this exciting program, your school or school district will enter into a unique three-year partnership with NASA to bring exciting opportunities to educators, students, and families.

NASA Explorer School educator and administrator teams, working along with NASA personnel and other educational partners, will develop and implement team action plans for staff and students. The action plan will promote and support the use of NASA content and programs that address the teams' local needs in mathematics, science, and technology through authentic experiences. NASA Explorer Schools receive grants up to $17,500 over the three-year partnership.

The NASA Explorer Schools (NES) program is sponsored and implemented by NASA through a cooperative agreement with NSTA. Deadline to apply for this exciting NASA/NSTA opportunity is January 31, 2005. For additional information and/or questions about the program, and to apply, visit the above web site.

Design a Toy, Learn New Science

Toys are a great way to learn about science, engineering, and the design process. TOYchallenge is designed to engage kids in an engineering activity that is fun. As girls and boys create a toy or game, they experience engineering as a creative, collaborative process, benefiting from a diversity of perspectives and relevant to everyday life.

Interested students must find a coach; form a team of between three and eight members - half of whom must be girls - and sign up by December 15. There is a $25 registration fee per team. Teams choose from among several toy categories such as Build It!, Get Out and Play, or Remarkable Robots. For more information, go to above web site.

Math and Science Songs (K-12)

The Math And Science Song Information, Viewable Everywhere (MASSIVE) database contains information on over 1700 science and math songs. Some of these songs are suitable for second graders; others might only appeal to tenured professors. Some songs have been professionally recorded; others haven't. Some are quite silly; others are downright serious.

MASSIVE is maintained by Greg Crowther, who is affiliated with the University of Washington, Science Groove, and the Science Songwriters' Association. The database itself is part of the National Science Foundation's National Science Digital Library. A companion site, MASSIVE radio, is an Internet radio station devoted entirely to science/math songs (requires a connection speed of at least 64k per second). For more information, go to

Heavenly Bodies - What happens to us in Space? February 24, 2005

Sure, floating around ins pace looks fun, but what does it do to our bodies? Students take part in activities that demonstrate what our minds, muscles, bones, balance, senses, and bodily fluids go through when astronauts travel into space. Guest speakers will discuss these effects and show why every body behaves differently in space. For more information, visit the above web site.

Contact Us

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 space_edu@tsgc.utexas.edu.

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