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VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter

Volume VI, Issue 2
Editor Talia Jurgens
March 13, 2006

National Science Teachers Association meeting in Anaheim, California, Help Needed
Contact baguio@tsgc.utexas.edu

If you are attending the National Science Teachers Association meeting in Anaheim, California, please contact Margaret Baguio. She is coordinating an exhibit and may need your help. You may contact her at the e-mail above.

Join the Star-Hunting Party During March 22 –29, 2006

Want to measure the magnitude of light of visible stars and share your data with students and families around the world? The GLOBE Program invites you to participate in a global campaign, GLOBE at Night, during March 22-29, 2006, as a means of measuring light pollution in a given location. This easy activity takes 15-30 minutes to complete. The observations made during GLOBE at Night will help students and scientists assess how the quality of the night sky varies around the world.

GLOBE is an interagency program funded by NASA and the National Science Foundation, supported by the U.S. Department of State, and implemented through a cooperative agreement between NASA, the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research and Colorado State University in Fort Collins.

New On-line Weather Service for Educators

Earth Gauge, a program of the National Environmental Education & Training Foundation, is an information service designed to make it easy to explain the environmental impacts of weather events in cities across the U.S.Although the service is originally designed for weathercasters, teachers will find a wealth of “factoids” and tips about storm water and water quality, heat and air quality, and other topics on the Earth Gauge web site that will be useful in the classroom. Users can browse weather/environment information by city, weather type, or environmental topic.

NASA Education Associates

The NASA Education Associates Program was launched 8 years ago as a cooperative "Space Grant" initiative by Ames Research Center and UC Santa Cruz. For the past four years, the National Space Grant Foundation has administered the program. While nearly all of the positions have been at Ames in California, the program has always been open to students, faculty and post-docs from any accredited college or university in the US. We have had over 750 participants from 141 schools scattered across 32 states including. I'm pleased to note that we have had 7 EAs from Texas which puts you in the top ten. We would like to ask you to let your affiliates, students and colleagues know about the unique opportunity to "experience NASA" through the Education Associates Program. Education Associates is a continuous program that operates year around with no deadlines. We have had 80 or more EAs on site in each of the past 36 months. Nonetheless, summer is our peak time with 130 or more positions so this is a great time for students to plan a summer internship at NASA.

The Heat From Within ... Earthly Instights Into Planetary Volcanism

This NASA-sponsored field-based workshop, held from 9-16 July 2006, is intended primarily for middle school science teachers (other educators are welcome). Participants will spend a week with planetary scientists visiting and studying different types of volcanos in the Bend and Crater Lake regions of Oregon. The field experience will focus on volcanic features and processes on Earth, and will use these as analogs for Mars, the Moon, Venus, and even the moons of Jupiter, Saturn, and Neptune. The experience will be divided between the field and lab, where participants will work with classroom-tested, hands-on inquiry based activities and resources that can be used to enhance Earth and space science teaching in the classroom. Participants receive lesson plans, supporting resources, and presentations. A limited number of grants are available to cover registration.Join us! Explore volcanos across the solar system with scientists! Bring the excitement of Earth and planetary science into your classroom!

New Educational Materials at NASA's web site

The Educational Materials section of NASA's Web site lists classroom activities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources in a format that can be downloaded and used in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade level and subject. An educator guide and five posters have recently been made available. The titles, grade levels, descriptions and locations of these products are shown below.

  • Science in a Box Educator Guide
  • Build It With Spacewalks Poster
  • The Wright Way: The Process of Invention Poster
  • The Wright Way: Innovation Through Engineering Poster
  • Night Lights Poster
  • Once and Future Moon Poster