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VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter

Volume V, Issue 3
Editor Talia Jurgens
Date 3-11-05

Liftoff Alumni Volunteers
http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/

LiftOff Alumni - If you are planning to attend the National Science Teacher Association meeting in Dallas, March 31 - April 3, please let us know. We may need your assistance in manning the National Space Grant booth in the exhibit hall. You would be distributing information and telling others about the LiftOff Summer Institute! Please email Baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu if you are willing to assist!


Sun-Earth Day - March 21, 2005
http://sunearthday.nasa.gov/

If you're looking for inexpensive science supplies, science kits, teacher workshop materials, science toys, or eye-catching science fair projects, you've come to the right place. Steve Spangler Science offers hundreds of science experiments and science demos that inspire the imagination and make learning fun!


Enduring Resources for Earth Science Education (ERESE) Workshop
APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 25
http://earthref.org/events/ERESE/2005/

A two-week summer workshop between 17-30 July (2005) is open to middle and high school teachers who teach Earth science concepts in their curriculum to create Enduring Resources for Earth Science Education (ERESE). Support includes a stipend for travel and living allowances. Enable your students to design their own personal voyages of discovery. We will concentrate on the ideas of plate tectonics, using real shipboard data and state-of-the-art global Earth science models. Beginning with the discovery of magnetic seafloor spreading stripes, participants will explore the scientific inquiry process of hypothesis testing. The workshop is funded by an NSF National Science Digital Library (NSDL) award and is a collaborative project involving the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), A.C. Mosley High School in Lynn Haven (Florida)and the UCSD Libraries. A national search is being conducted to select ten teachers to participate in the workshop.


Liftoff 2005 "NASA Spinoffs, Bringing Space Down to Earth"
http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/liftoff/

Some of the most frequently asked questions about the U.S. space program are "Why go into space when we have so many problems here on Earth?" and "What does the space program do for me?" These legitimate questions will be answered when educators become aware of the vast benefits of the space program that increase the quality of our daily lives. The applications on Earth technology needed for space flight have produced thousands of "spinoffs" that contribute to improving national security, the economy, productivity and lifestyle. We would be hard pressed to find an area of everyday life that has not been improved by spinoffs from the space program. So, the next time someone asks "Why do we go in space" and "What does the space program do for me?" You will be able to explain it because of LiftOff 2005: NASA Spinoffs, Bringing Space down to Earth! Application is now on-line.


New Guide Helps Educators Integrate 21st Century Skills into K-12 Science Education
http://www.21stcenturyskills.org/matrices/default.asp

NSTA and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a public-private organization focusing on skills necessary for student success in the 21st Century, have worked collaboratively to release a Science Information and Communication Technology (ICT) Literacy Map. The map demonstrates how educators can develop science lessons that combine 21st century-learning skills, such as information and communication skills, with 21st century tools, such as the Internet and multi-media production tools. It guides K-12 educators through a wide range of learning skill examples, as emphasized in the Partnership‚s report, Learning for the 21st Century, and cites specific student outcomes demonstrating ICT Literacy success for grades 4, 8, and 12. The map is the fourth in a series of ICT Literacy Maps. To view and download a copy of the map, go to above website.


Liftoff 2005 "NASA Spinoffs, Bringing Space Down to Earth"
http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/liftoff/

Some of the most frequently asked questions about the U.S. space program are "Why go into space when we have so many problems here on Earth?" and "What does the space program do for me?" These legitimate questions will be answered when educators become aware of the vast benefits of the space program that increase the quality of our daily lives. The applications on Earth technology needed for space flight have produced thousands of "spinoffs" that contribute to improving national security, the economy, productivity and lifestyle. We would be hard pressed to find an area of everyday life that has not been improved by spinoffs from the space program. So, the next time someone asks "Why do we go in space" and "What does the space program do for me?" You will be able to explain it because of LiftOff 2005: NASA Spinoffs, Bringing Space down to Earth! Application is now on-line.


Flashcard Exchange
http://flashcardexchange.com/

Flashcard Exchange,Tuolumne Technology Group - find a variety of K-12 flashcards on nearly any subject for drilling students on earth and science concepts. There are some misspellings and incorrect or oversimplified answers but after review, these flashcards can be a good study tool for students.


National Environmental Education Week
http://www.EEWeek.org/

National Environmental Education Week takes place April 10-16. The National Environmental Education & Training Foundation has posted a variety of resources to help teachers prepare for the week and for Earth Day, as well as environmental lesson plans for the regular classroom. For more information, go to

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