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VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter

Volume 7, Issue 1
Editor Talia Jurgens
January 24, 2007

Liftoff 2007 - Robotics and Space Exploration
July 16-20, 2007

Applications are now online for the Liftoff 2007 Summer Teacher Workshop. The theme is Robotics and Space Exploration. Robots can literally go where no person has gone before - to other planets where environments are not suitable for humans until we have studied them in much greater detail or as a smart machine that can perform very complicated tasks millions of miles from home. The robots and spacecraft utilized by NASA are the eyes and ears to distant planets. What are the practical advantages and challenges of remote-controlled robots over human space exploration? What advances have been made in robotic technology and where will these advances lead us in the future? The space robot revolution owes much of its success to advances in computer technology, allowing the development of more powerful and autonomous machines in smaller packages. How will this impact the future of space exploration? In the future, robots may accompany planet-hopping astronauts serving as their assistance for base construction and other tasks or the robots may be sent as a precursor to set up habitation and science bases before humans arrive. Learn how robots and space go together at LiftOff 2007: Robotics and Space Exploration! Visit the above website for information and application.

13th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference

Space Center Houston is offering a limited number of scholarships to the 13th Annual Space Exploration Educators Conference. This conference is for Grades K-12 and not just for science teachers! Space Center Houston strives to use space to teach across the curriculum. The activities presented can be used for science, language arts, mathematics, history, and more!

To receive the scholarship, simply write an email or letter stating how this event would help you in your classroom. Send emails to katieb@spacecenter.org or fax to (281) 283-7724. It's that easy!

For more information, please visit the above website.

Lewis Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Project

Applications are being accepted for the Lewis Educational and Research Collaborative Internship Project.

Internships are available for secondary school educators interested in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The internships provide teachers with professional experiences to enhance their academic skills and abilities in the classroom. Only U.S. citizens who are employed in the United States as full-time teachers in secondary schools are eligible.

Internships are also available for college students pursuing a baccalaureate or higher degree in a field of science, engineering, technology, mathematics or professional administration at an accredited college or university throughout the United States and Puerto Rico. The internships are available only to U.S. citizens who are full-time students. College-bound graduates and two-year college students with demonstrable plans to pursue baccalaureate degrees are also eligible. Students must have a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above on a 4.0 scale.

The internships span a 10-week period in the summer at the NASA Glenn Research Center, in Cleveland, Ohio. Applications are due Jan. 31, 2007

Geology Collection of Teacher Resources

This collection of teacher resources includes earth and space science topics pertaining to astronomy and space, earthquakes, erosion, plate tectonics, rocks, minerals, the rock cycle, volcanoes, water, and weather. Each of these pages links to lesson plans, classroom activities, projects and demonstrations. These resources can be used for elementary, secondary, middle school, and university students.

Apply to be a TSGC Grace Master Teacher Today

GRACE Master teachers are selected through an application and review process to be actively involved in the GRACE mission. These teachers will create, evaluate, and promote GRACE-related materials, contribute to the Outreach Review process, and attend mission milestones, such as a launch viewing at either CSR or JPL. Most importantly, they will introduce other teachers to these materials. Each master teacher is committing to train at least 50 other teachers each year of their participation in the program. The materials that the GRACE Master Teachers create will be activities-based and aligned with the National Science Education Standards. Visit the above URL to apply.