Texas Space Grant Consortium Teacher Newsletter
Volume: I, Issue: 2
Date: 12/06/1999

Table of Contents

PBS Traces International Space Station Development

This December, PBS will take viewers behind-the-scenes of the International Space Station in a two-part documentary airing on consecutive Tuesdays, Dec. 14 and 21, from 8-9 p.m. (ET) The series follows engineers, scientists, managers and astronauts from sixteen nations as they navigate the financial, technical and political challenges of creating the International Space Station. A special Space Station Web site will be available beginning Dec. 7 at PBS TRACES INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION DEVELOPMENT

Urban Community Enrichment Program

Take advantage of this professional development opportunity for teachers of grades 5-8. The program consists of hands-on science, mathematics, and technology activities. Teachers interact with aerospace specialists, engineers, scientists, and technicians during this two week workshop. All expenses are paid for selected teachers.

Build Your Own Space Station

The new International Space Station bookmark from NASA not only explains the project, but also includes easy-to-follow instructions for students to create their own space stations using 2-liter drink bottles, PVC pipe connectors, and common classroom materials. Visit Engineer Your Own Space Station at:

Teachers and the Internet

Ever wonder how other teachers use the Internet? The new report Internet Use By Teachers: Conditions of Professional Use & Teacher-Directed Student Use attempts to answer questions such as how often do teachers and students use the Internet, and equally important, how do they use it? The full report can be found at:

NASA is my Playground

Check out the newest NASA Web site designed especially for kids, it is a compilation of kids' sites from all over NASA. Follow Echo the Bat using images from satellites as he migrates across Arizona. Or build a model of a martian spacecraft and conduct your own exploration of the Red Planet. How about coloring pictures of comets with Captain Comet? Surf around enough and you may find even more.

The Star Trails Society

The Star Trails Society is an initiative by the NASA/Marshall Space Sciences Lab to involve students, teachers, and novices in research. Each month a research opportunity will be announced for amateur scientists to contribute to research in astronomy, astrobiology, and other natural sciences.

Shooting Star Art

Decorate your classroom with meteor storms! This activity involving paper, crayons, water, and water colors reinforces the differences between a meteor.

Share Your Ideas

Do you have a science or math Web site you've found especially helpful to your students? Send us the URL address and the grade level it best serves. We'll pass it on. Ideas should be sent to the TSGC newsletter at tsgc_teachers@www.csr.utexas.edu.
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