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VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter

Volume 7, Issue 5
Editor Talia Jurgens
July 27, 2007

Exploring the Moon Educator Guide Available online.

The Educational Materials section of NASA's Web site lists classroom activities, educator guides, posters and other types of resources that are available to be downloaded and used in the classroom. Materials are listed by type, grade level and subject. The Exploring the Moon Educator Guide is available as a complete guide or can be downloaded in easy-to-use individual lesson plans. The activities in this guide promote problem solving, communication skills and teamwork. Earth and space science subjects include lunar geology and regolith, distance to the moon, Apollo landing sites and life support systems.

Examples of lessons available in this guide include the following:

  • Calculating the distance between scale models of Earth and the moon.
  • Designing a spacecraft for travel to and from the moon.
  • Learning about the locations and geology of the six Apollo landing sites.
  • Calculating the diameter of the moon using proportions.

Space Center Houston Presents Star Wars Teacher Camp In

Jump to lightspeed with Space Center Houston's STAR WARS™ Teacher Camp-in. This all-night educator event is filled with meaningful learning and will be the best 12 hours of professional development you have ever experienced! Become one with the “force” as you participate in hands-on, minds-on, TEKS aligned activities. Excite your students’ imagination while connecting concepts of the real world with the science of STAR WARS™.

Begin your training over a light dinner and our secret /Jedi Juice/ (a.k.a. margaritas and more), as you start the evening mingling with potential Jedi and Emperial educators. As the night progresses, you become the student as you participate in a series of grade-appropriate, STAR WARS™ space themed activities. Topics include robotics, simple machines, engineering design challenges, solar energy, space exploration, the universe, math problem solving, and much, much more. Stay up all night for our "classroom enhancements" (after-hours activities) or camp under the stars in our artifacts exhibit area.

*Space Center Houston’s Education staff will dress in /Star Wars/ attire. Please feel free to come dressed as your favorite /Star Wars/ character.

*For more information please email pmoore@spacecenter.org , or visit the website above.*

Satellites and Education Conference

Satellite education - the use of satellites and related technologies as a vehicle for creating lesson plans to help students appreciate and understand the complex interrelationships among science, technology, individuals, societies and the environment.

The Satellites & Education Conference is the internationally recognized, premiere conference for educators interested in using satellites and related technologies as a vehicle for helping students appreciate and understand the complex interrelationships among science, technology, individuals, societies, and the environment while developing and applying inquiry and technology skills to study authentic questions and problems. It connects teachers with their students future employers - the space industry and government - to help better prepare the students for today's most promising careers.

Full Lunar Eclipse

The last eclipse of 2007 is a partial solar eclipse at the Moon's descending node in southern Leo. Its visibility is confined to parts of South America, Antarctica and the South Atlantic. For more information on this eclipse, visit the above website.

Watch a meteoroid hitting the Moon

June 13, 2006: There's a new crater on the Moon. It's about 14 meters wide, 3 meters deep and precisely one month, eleven days old. NASA astronomers watched it form: "On May 2, 2006, a meteoroid hit the Moon's Sea of Clouds (Mare Nubium) with 17 billion joules of kinetic energy-that's about the same as 4 tons of TNT," says Bill Cooke, the head of NASA's Meteoroid Environment Office in Huntsville, AL. "The impact created a bright fireball which we video-recorded using a 10-inch telescope." Lunar impacts have been seen before--"stuff hits the Moon all the time," notes Cooke--but this is the best-ever recording of an explosion in progress:

Cosmic Classroom

Wouldn't you like to teach in a Cosmic Classroom? A Cosmic classroom takes the unifying theme of space and develops the knowledge and skills for all content areas using an inquiry approach. You will be surprised at the kinds of connections that can be made when the universe is your subset.

Each resource activity book contains 24 Space-Based Activities for Earth-Based Students. They represent a two-year writing effort, extensive field testing in more than sixty classrooms, and feedback from students participating in our school visit program. Every module from kindergarten through grade 12 is interdisciplinary ... besides teaching science concepts, we've thrown in some math, literature, and fine arts. Visit above website for info.