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VOYAGE to Spread Space Excitement Educator Newsletter

Volume VIII, Issue 3
Editor Talia Jurgens
March 4, 2008

Deadline to apply - April 4, 2008
LiftOff 2008: Space Travel: It's Out of this World!

Beginning in the summer of 1990, the Texas Space Grant Consortium initiated weeklong professional development training for teachers. This aerospace workshop series, called LiftOff, emphasizes science, mathematics, and technology learning experiences by incorporating a space science theme supported by NASA missions. Teacher participants are provided with information, materials, and experiences through hands-on activities and field trips that promote space science and enrichment activities for themselves and others.

Space offers a stunning and original collection of exclusive space-related journeys in which Earth is just the starting point. LiftOff 2008 is a seamless journey through the past, into the present, and touching on the future of NASA's space exploration program. While the observation of objects in space, known as astronomy, pre-dates reliable recorded history, it was the development of large liquid-fueled rocket engines during the early 20th century that allowed space exploration to become a practical possibility.Using our knowledge from past space travel combined with our desire to explore we are igniting the flame for future space exploration.

As NASA celebrates its 50th anniversary we are moving forward with a new focus for the manned space program: to go out beyond Earth orbit for purposes of human exploration and scientific discovery. The International Space Station is a stepping stone on this journey, rather than the end of the line. If humans are going to Mars and beyond, we have to learn what methods will allow us to get there safely, how to live on other planetary surfaces, and how to use what we find there?

The countdown begins, the fuel ignites and with a thunderous roar we will contrast our galactic future with our Earthly past at LiftOff 2008: Space Travel: It's Out of this World!

Sponsored by the Texas Space Grant Consortium and held at Johnson Space Center, LiftOff 2007 features:

  • Presentations by NASA scientists and engineers
  • Tours of NASA and Space Center Houston
  • Hands-on, inquiry based classroom activities
  • Free curricula and space science materials aligned to educational standards
  • Teacher Feature (sharing of ideas and activities)
  • Opportunity to interact with researchers dedicated to space missions

NSTA Introduces: The Science Alliance for Elementary Schools

The Science Alliance for Elementary Schools is an easy to implement, professional development opportunity that will provide administrators and up to five of their faculty with tools to ensure that they are well-prepared to teach science. Take advantage of classroom-proven tips, scholarly research, information on best practices, interdisciplinary teaching, science teaching across the curriculum, and educational trends and issues.

Offering all the benefits of a one-year electronic NSTA membership, elementary schools can participate in The Science Alliance for a fee of only $100 a year per school!

Other Benefits Include:

  • Huge Savings on NSTA Conference registration
  • 20% discount on more than 200 books in the NSTA Science Store
  • Free, unlimited electronic access to NSTA’s award-winning elementary journal Science and Children

Click above for more information!

Solar Week - March 17-21

During the week of March 17, Solar Week will be open to registered users for activities and online discussion. There will also be a one-hour NASA Edge Vodcast (http://www.nasa.gov/nasaedge/) about Sun-Earth Day, Solar Week and Space Weather Action Center.

Lunar Planetary Science Conference Center
March 9-14, 2008

The education community is invited to participate in several opportunities offered in conjunction with the March 10-14, 2008 Lunar and Planetary Science Conference. These will include five educator workshops on NASA space science missions (Touching Water on Mars; Send your Students to Mars!; Crater the Moon; Fire and Ice; and DAWN Educator Workshop); an Education and Public Outreach Forum: Reaching the Moon - for scientists and space science educators; and education poster presentations and displays.

The workshops and forum do not require LPSC conference registration, but advanced registration is required. For more information, visit: http://www.lpi.usra.edu/education/lpsc_2008/

NSTA Educator Conference

Are you planning to attend the March 27-30 NSTA regional conference in Boston? Be sure to stop by the NASA exhibit (booth 2123) to learn about the latest NASA science, technology and educational resources. In addition to a major exhibit, NASA will present over 100 short courses, workshops and presentations on a wide range of topics related to Earth and space sciences, aeronautics, and space exploration. At the NASA booth you can also pick up a schedule of all the NASA sessions at NSTA.

For more information on the 2008 NSTA conference, visit above website.

Name That Telescope
Deadline for Suggestions: March 31, 2008

Would you like to name the next great space telescope? Here's your chance. NASA is inviting the general public from around the world to suggest a new name for the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, otherwise known as GLAST, before it launches in mid-2008. GLAST is designed to probe the most violent events and exotic objects in the cosmos from gamma-ray bursts to black holes and beyond.

All suggestions will be considered. The period for accepting names closes on March 31, 2008. Participants must include a statement of 25 words or less about why their suggestion would be a strong name for the mission. Multiple suggestions are encouraged.

For the full guidelines and to submit a suggestion for the mission name, go to above website. Anyone who drops a name into the "Name That Satellite!" suggestion box on the Web page can choose to receive a "Certificate of Participation" via return e-mail. They can also choose to receive a press release notifying them of the selected name, which will be announced about two months after launch, which is planned for mid-May.