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LPI Earth and Space Science Newsletter
June 2005

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Workshops and Courses | Grants and Funding I Events/Opportunities | Resources | Mission News and Science

Workshops and Courses

Physical Science with Mathematical Modeling Workshop, July 11-28, 2005 - Learn tips for successfully integrating mathematics and science in your classroom. Offered through a partnership with McREL, Fort Hays State University, and Emporia State University, this course is designed to help teachers of grades 6-12 improve instructional pedagogy by incorporating and modeling cycle, inquiry methods, critical and creative thinking, cooperative learning, and effective use of classroom technology in instruction, master content in the structure of matter, motion, energy, and scientific thinking skills, learn the most effective, research-based instructional strategies, including effective classroom discourse management, use of standardized evaluation instruments, appropriate use of technology, and improvement content organization.

For more information visit Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning.

Visit this site for more information about other McREL workshops such as “Increasing Teachers' Science Content Knowledge”.

Space Foundation's Space Discovery Graduate Courses - Scholarships and early bird pricing are available now for the 2005 Space Discovery Graduate Courses for teachers. Courses include Space Technologies in the Classroom (June 20–24); Earth Systems Science (June 27–July 1); Rocketry and the Biology of Living in Space/Space History and Space Law (July 11–15); Biological and Physical Research (July 18–22); and Astronomy Principles for the Classroom (July 25–29).

For more information, visit the NSELA website, click on Professional Development, NJ Summer Leadership Institute for a registration form.

Project ISLE (Integrated Science Learning Expeditions) - This accredited (three semester hours) summer course for science teachers features scientific expeditions to island habitats to provide an integrated science-based experience to enhance classroom teaching. The one-week course in Hawaii covers topics in geology, volcanoes, ecology, astronomy, marine biology, and native cultures. The program offers hands-on lessons for use in the classroom, lesson sharing, lectures by scientists, and explorations of natural sites and research facilities. Participants can earn three semester hours of credit, available through Lewis and Clark College.

For more information, visit the NSELA website, click on Professional Development, NJ Summer Leadership Institute for a registration form.

Space Discovery Graduate Course Scholarships for Summer 2005 – Scholarships are still available! You can receive up to $2000 ($500 per course) in scholarship funding for this summer's Space Discovery Graduate courses. Scholarships will be awarded on a first come and first served basis. Scholarships are going fast. For registration and more information call 1.800.691.4000/719-576-80000 or e-mail: .

Course listing:

For more information visit Got Space.

American Museum of Natural History - The American Museum of Natural History is offering an online professional development course entitled Space, Time and Motion that will run 6 weeks long. Other courses in the biological sciences are being offered. Each course costs $445 with graduate credit and continuing education units provided. The courses run from June 27th–August 6th and the deadline is June 13th.

Grants and Funding

Educator Researcher Workshops - The SCORE program offers grants to assist in the development and implementation of local professional development workshops for educators in the SCORE six-state region. Workshop design is flexible and should meet the needs of the local community. Funding deadlines are June 15 and January 15.

Educator Researcher Collaborative Projects - The SCORE program offers grants of up to $1000 to collaborative teams of educators and Office of Space Science researchers in the SCORE six-state region. The grants are intended to help initiate new partnerships between educators and Office of Space Science researchers. Funds can be used to purchase materials and resources to increase student or public understanding of space science content.

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Investigating Astronomy
The NSF funded Investigating Astronomy project  is seeking teachers to participate in a pilot study .   They  will be piloting the Astronomy curriculum in the fall and are currently looking for 15 teachers to participate. 

More specifically, the group is seeking teachers who meet the following criteria:
Currently teaching astronomy at the high school level in a school with a significant student population of Hispanic/Latino students. Must have at least three years experience of teaching high school Astronomy as a separate semester or yearlong course. Or, three years teaching a substantial unit of astronomy (6 to 9 weeks) within a core science course (Earth, integrated, etc.). Strong familiarity with their state frameworks and selection criteria for new curricula within their school, district, or state. E nthusiasm for inquiry-based and data-driven astronomy investigations for students.

Please contact Stacey Leibowitz
Project Coordinator
Investigating Astronomy

Space Day 2006 Design Challenges
We are excited to let you know that this year all the information about Lockheed Martin's 2006 Space Day Design Challenges will be available on the Space Day website by the end of June. These challenges include individual and team activities for children of all age levels. Spark the children's interest in space science by getting involved in the design challenges!

Watch for more details on the Space Day website or contact:
Kay Armstrong
Space Day Program Manager


Bring Planetary Data into Your Classroom with Jules Verne Voyager
Want to have your children investigate volcanos on the surface of Venus or craters on Mars? Jules Verne Voyager is an interactive, browser-based tool that allows visitors to explore and create maps of Earth and other planetary bodies. Visitors can pan and zoom maps of Mercury, Venus, the Moon, Mars and Jupiter and its moons using NASA data.

Deep Impact Educational Resources
On July 4, 2005, the Deep Impact spacecraft arrives at Comet Tempel 1. It will release a 370-kg (~820-lbs) impactor that will strike the comet, creating a crater and revealing the interior composition and structure. The Deep Impact education team offers a variety of activities and materials for teachers, students, and the general public. Students can observe and model comets in preparation for the Deep Impact events through activities presented for a variety of learning levels. They can explore comet composition, structure, and origin, and their behavior as they orbit our Sun, as well as understand how scientists study these occasional visitors to our inner solar system. For activities and resources, visit the Deep Impact Website.

Chip Off the Old Rock
Looking for up to date, educational space science feature articles to post or share with your students in your classroom? Well, NASA provides them on a periodic basis and they are designed with the informal educator in mind! Check out the latest article entitled “Chip Off the Old Rock” and learn about Marilyn Lindstrom's career as the meteorite curator at Johnson Space Center in Houston.

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Mission News and Science

Deep Impact
Comets are time capsules that hold clues about the formation and evolution of the solar system. Deep Impact, a NASA Discovery Mission, is the first space mission to probe beneath the surface of a comet and reveal the secrets of its interior. On July 4, 2005, the Deep Impact spacecraft's mechanically and electronically controlled impactor arrives at Comet Tempel 1. On impact, the crater produced is expected to range in size from that of a house to that of a football stadium, and two to fourteen stories deep. Scientists expect to see ice and dust debris ejected from the crater revealing fresh material beneath. The science objectives for the mission are to observe how the crater forms and measure the crater's depth and diameter, to measure the composition of the interior of the crater and its ejecta, and to determine the changes in natural outgassing produced by the impact.

Voyager Spacecraft Entering Final Frontier
NASA recently reported that the Voyager 1 spacecraft has entered the solar system's final frontier. It is entering a vast, turbulent expanse, where the sun's influence ends and the solar wind crashes into the thin gas between stars. Voyager 2 launched on August 20, 1977, followed by Voyager 1 on September 5 th of the same year. Between them, Voyager 1 and 2 explored all the giant planets of our outer solar system, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune; 48 of their moons; and the unique system of rings and magnetic fields those planets possess. For their original missions to Jupiter and Saturn, the Voyagers were destined for regions of space far from the Sun, so each was equipped with three generators to produce electrical power for the spacecraft systems and instruments. Still operating in remote, cold and dark conditions 27 years later, the Voyagers could last until 2020.

Mars Global Surveyor
Mars Global Surveyor (MGS), the oldest working spacecraft orbiting the red planet, is taking some time to check out the newest kids in the neighborhood. On April 20th, astronomers used the veteran's Mars Orbiter Camera to take pictures of another spacecraft: Mars Express. The two orbiters were about 250 kilometers (155 miles) apart when MGS shot the picture....

The next day MGS continued its snooping game by capturing high-resolution images of another spacecraft: NASA's Mars Odyssey. The image was captured from about 90 kilometers away....

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