Volume V, Issue 5
Editor Talia Jurgens
"Meet the Astronauts" Web Page Is Launched
Lockheed Martin employs seven former astronauts, and when they make presentations about space exploration to schoolchildren, they're often asked the same questions. "How do you get to be an astronaut?" "What do you eat in space?" And, of course, "How do you go to the bathroom in space?" In conjunction with Space Day, we've created a page on the Space Day Web site that introduces students - and adults, who will be equally fascinated - to the Lockheed Martin astronauts. The page includes the astronauts' bios and answers to questions about living and working in space. Students also can vote on their favorite photo among a handful of space photos included on the page. Lockheed Martin founded Space Day in 1997 as a vehicle for exciting students about math and science and technical careers. Educators tell us that students often better connect with math and science when they meet professionals who are applying those skills in exciting careers such as space exploration. We hope "Meet the Astronauts" helps make that connection.
Antartctic Guide to Martian Weathering
Antarctic Guide to Martian Weathering" explores the similarities between the soil chemistry of Antarctica's Dry Valleys and that of Mars. Soils in the Antarctic Dry Valleys contain traces of silicate alteration products and secondary salts much like those found in Martian meteorites. The guide is available at the Planetary Science Research Discoveries (PSRD) web site, an educational site sharing the latest research on meteorites, planets, and other solar system bodies being made by NASA-sponsored scientists. For a copy, visit
NASA funded summer institute at the Amherst campus
The University of Massachusetts at Amherst is offering a NASA funded summer institute at the Amherst campus. Participants will use NASA's Internet based resources to develop curriculum materials that can be integrated into science, math, and technology courses in middle schools and high schools. Room, meals, and a $750 stipend is available as well as the opportunity to obtain graduate credits. Visit the above web site for more information.
Earth Science Astronomy Teachers one Stop at the web
This is a very useful site, with lots of ideas for experiments, presentations etc. to students aged 3 to 19 years. First click on the age group, then chose your subject. These are the Earth science and Astronomy subjects. Check it out at the above we site.
"Investigating Astronomy" project seeking teachers
The NSF funded "Investigating Astronomy" project is seeking teachers to participate in a pilot study. They will be piloting the Astronomy curriculum in the fall and are currently looking for 15 teachers to participate. Please contact Stacey Leibowitz, Project Coordinator, Investigating Astronomy, TERC at 617-873-9653 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are seeking teachers who meet the following criteria:
Currently teaching astronomy at the high school level in a school with a significant student population of Hispanic/Latino students. At least three years experience of teaching high school Astronomy as a separate semester or yearlong course. Or, three years teaching a substantial unit of astronomy (6 to 9 weeks) within a core science course (Earth, integrated, etc.). Strong familiarity with their state frameworks and selection criteria for new curricula within their school, district, or state. Enthusiasm for inquiry-based and data-driven astronomy investigations for students.
Network of Educator Astronaut Teachers
Teachers - They need your help to wish NASA, STS-114 and Expedition 11 Crews Good Luck! visit the web site to send a message.