Volume V, Issue 4
Editor Talia Jurgens
Astro-Venture Mission on Planets (5-8)
In Astro-Venture's new geology mission, students investigate whether or not Mars and Venus have geologic characteristics that could support human life and learn about some of the methods that scientists use to search for life beyond Earth. Students gather and compare data on magnetic fields and atmospheric densities to determine how protected each planet is from space radiation.
NASA Astro-VentureAstro-Venture is an interactive, multimedia Web site in which students role-play NASA careers, as they search for and design a planet that would be habitable to humans. For more information, go to
NASA and Pokemon Cards
NASA and Pokemon USA have developed an in-school program that incorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) themes into learning activities for K-6 students nationwide. Students can use free on-line activities from the web site developed by NASA. The activities are based on the new game EX Deoxys. For more information about visit the website above.
Mapping Texas Communities - One day Workshop
May 19th and 20th, 2005 (8:30 am - 4:30 pm) - Note: One Day Workshops. Choose which day is most convenient for you. This workshop will be held at New Horizons Computer Learning Center - 4515 Seton Center Parkway, STE 250 Austin, Texas 78759. This fast paced, hands-on workshop teaches the fundamentals of how to use a Geographic Information System (GIS) in a way that is particularly relevant to social service providers, planners and researchers. Participants will learn the three core components of GIS: thematic mapping, geocoding (address mapping) and spatial querying. Mapping techniques transferable to any other community, not just Austin. Exercises are designed for beginners. Intermediate level Excel skills required. For more specific agenda information and registration, visit the above website.
UT Summer Symposium for High School Students: Global Ethics and Conflict Resolution
Sunday, June 12 to Saturday, June 18. Come daily or stay in a dorm Mature high school students practice communication and conflict skills, attend lectures on global issues, and experience college life at UT Austin. It's an exciting week of exploring conflict and discovering ethical resolution at all levels, from the personal to the international. Experienced professionals and distinguished faculty of the University of Texas will take you through critical and creative processes to acquire problem-solving strategies, conflict analysis methods, negotiation skills and much more. Participants make a music video, create a weblog and interact with distinguished UT professors in Communication, Business, Law and Liberal Arts. Visit the above web site for more details.
Actually, it's NASA on your iPod.
Using an iPod or any portable MP3 player, you can now explore the Universe while driving, jogging, waiting in line ... just about anywhere. It's easy: tune in to the Science@NASA podcast. See more info at web site above.
KB Homes Initiates National Promotion to Support Launch of NASA's Space Shuttle Discovery.
Commemorative Wristbands Available at Homebuilder's Sales Centers; Americans Encouraged to Wear Them 'Until They're Home' KB Home, one of the nation's premier homebuilders, announced today that, as NASA prepares to return to flight this May with the space shuttle Discovery, the company has launched a national promotion in support of America's space shuttle program. Discovery is scheduled to launch between May 22 and June 3, 2005, from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. See Article referenced above.