July 1, 2004
Cassini-Huygens Mission arrives Saturn
Cassini will enter Saturn's orbit in July of 2004 and begin a four-year mission that includes more than 70 orbits around the ringed planet and its moons. Cassini will collect detailed data on Saturn, its rings and the 30 known moons orbiting this gas giant. Main scientific goals include measuring Saturn's huge magnetosphere, analyzing from up close those stunning rings and studying Saturn's composition and atmosphere. Cassini's cloud-penetrating imaging system will also be able to map Titan, Saturn's largest moon and the only moon in the solar system with its own atmosphere. Cassini will later eject the Huygens probe for a descent in December 2004 and a landing onto Titan in January 2005. For more information go to the NASA Cassini-Huygens Mission website.
July 1, 2004, Saturn
Contact: NASA Cassini-Huygens Mission website
July 6-9, 2004
Living with a star
Open to the community. An opportunity for educators to learn about using NASA's "Living with a Star" materials to encourage students to explore science.
7/6/04: Special Event at The Imaginarium:6-8pm
The Imaginarium will be presenting at the conference on informal science education.
July 6-9, 2004, ICTS & Goddard Space Center, AK
Contact: NASA Stargazer website
July 15, 2004
Summer 2004 Institutes
The Alaska Partnership for Teacher Enhancement is proud to present the Summer 2004 Institutes. These standards-based institutes have been developed as highly interactive so educators may explore new and different ways to develop curriculum and instruction that address real life Alaskan issues while improving leadership and teaching behaviors so that all students can achieve academic excellence.
The Alaska Partnership for Teacher Education Development (APTE), which is a Department of Education (DOE) grantee will be visiting The Imaginarium's planetarium to explore Astronomy from both a western science perspective and native knowlege and ways of knowing perspective.
This program is run through the University of Alaska Anchorage.
July 15, 2004, Anchorage, Alaska
Contact: Summer Institutes website
July 18 - 22, 2004
Exceptional Space Science Materials for Exceptional Students IV: A Workshop for Teachers and Space Science Education Material Developers
This workshop will provide educators of exceptional students with a wide variety of exciting, standards-based space science educational support materials available from NASA that they can use in formal and informal settings, as well as, gain some experience in using them. This workshop will also familiarize developers of NASA OSS education materials with the diversity of exceptional classroom and audience needs. The participants of this workshop will evaluate several popular classroom materials from the different OSS themes for use in exceptional education settings and provide recommendations for modifications and future design issues to developers of NASA mission-related educational products so that they are readily useable by exceptional aududiences. The outcomes of this workshop will be to add to a communication and support network of exceptional educators and NASA mission-related personnel network of educators and product developers who will continue to work together to raise awareness of Exceptional Needs educational materials, some becoming a part of an Extended Advisory Network for NASA missions and Code N. For more information see the workshop website.
July 18-22, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
Contact: S2N2 email at
July 28 - 30, 2004
Astro Adventures II: A Summer Workshop for Teachers
Dennis Schatz, author of Astro Adventures II and vice president of Pacific Science Center and Dr. Julie Lutz, director of the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center, will guide educators through content and activities in Astro Adventures II (Schatz and Allan 2004). The popular text is designed to cover the Washington State EALRs and the National Science Education Standards for astronomy in grades 4-9. In addition, Julie Lutz will present material on NASA's missions to explore the solar system and on resources for student investigations of careers in astronomy and space science. The workshop takes place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. at Condon Hall 311, University of Washington. All participants will receive a copy of Astro Adventures II, as well as many other useful curricula materials. A $15 registration fee covers parking, all materials, instruction, snacks and beverages. A check for the registration fee, made payable to the University of Washington, should be sent to NASA ERC, University of Washington, Box 351310, Seattle, WA 98195-1310. The registration fee must be received on or before July 26, 2004.
To register for the workshop call 206-543-1943 or (toll-free) 1-800-659-1943 or e-mail . Please include your home address in the message so we can mail you a UW parking pass for the workshop days. Participants should bring a brown bag lunch each day. Beverages and snacks will be provided.
July 18-22, 2004, University of Washington, Seattle WA
Contact: Space Grant Website