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I am a chemistry teacher on the Navajo Nation in Northern Arizona. This
is my fifth year as a high school teacher. Prior to becoming an educator,
I completed 14 years military service. I am working on a number of projects
to introduce students to technology and applications of technology. I am
interested in smart filtering because I see it as a way to get my students
involved in exciting applications of the Internet. I plan to have my students
complete the work under my supervision.
I am a junior at the State University of New York Institute of Technology
at Utica/Rome (SUNY Tech.). My major is computer science focusing on UNIX,
object oriented systems, and distributed computing. In addition to my work
with computers, I also focus my studies in physics, astronomy, and space
technology. I plan to finish my post-graduate work here by the spring of
1999. My motivation to volunteer as a smart filter comes from my childhood
dream of growing up to become an astronaut. Those dreams fell short when
I failed the color blindness test. Becoming a smart filter enabled me to
still participate in the NASA experience and feel like I'm still a benefit
to the organization. I hope to educate the public on how technology developed
by NASA and the military benefits us in our civilian life. Visit my website.
I'm 14 years old, in the 10th grade (1996-97), and I'm homeschooled. My
favorite subjects are math and science. I've been interested in space and
aviation ever since I can remember. I read as much as I can on these subjects;
my favorite is "Lost Moon" by Jim Lovell and Jeffery Kluger. This past summer
I worked at the Peoria Lakeview Planetarium, and I ran the shows all day
every Friday. This is something I enjoyed very much, and I'm planning on
doing it again every summer. I've been a regular visitor to the Planetarium
since I was a small child. I also like to build and launch model rockets.
I do this for fun, and as a 4-H project; this year I won 1st place for it.
Another thing I enjoy doing is looking around at NASA's webpage, this is
something I constantly am doing. I do it so much in fact, that when my browser
starts up it automatically goes to NASA. But what I really enjoy doing the
most is being a smart filter. This is a challenging, but an extremely fun
job, and I'm glad I have it. Check out my homepage.
I'm a teacher at a private high school for girls in Pasadena, Ca, called
"Westridge." The school is grades 4-12, and I teach 9th grade "Concepts
in Chemistry and Physics," about a 1/2 year of each subject, and 12th grade
Honors Physics. The main theme is astronomy and we do the course "backwards"
concentrating on optics, electromagnetic spectrum, and relativity first.
I also teach A.P. Physics - the "B" course, so this includes all the topics.
I've lectured at the Griffith Observatory Planetarium (the one you recently
saw on Star Trek Voyager) since 1976, and I was a guide there for three
years before that. That was during the time I was an undergrad at Yale,
and I graduated there in 1975 with a degree in Physics and a strong concentration
in Space and Geosciences.
From 1977-1984 I was a grad student at UCLA's Earth and Space Sciences
department, and that's where I got my masters' degree and "most" of a
PhD (I defended successfully, but I didn't submit my final draft because
I got involved in full-time teaching and that was more fun). While I was
in grad studies at UCLA, I taught astronomy at CalState Northridge (general
astronomy to large auditorium groups, planetary science to one class,
and observational astronomy for several years at night). Check out my
I teach at Serrano High School in Phelan, California (a small town at the
edge of the Mojave Desert). I live in Wrightwood, CA, a ski resort town
at 6000 feet in the San Gabriel Mountains, eight miles from the high school.
I teach science and math. My background is in astronomy (B.A. UCLA, 1973;
M.S. Brigham Young University, 1976). I worked part-time for JPL at Table
Mountain Observatory in the early 70's doing spectroscopy of the atmospheres
of Mars and Jupiter. In the late 70's I taught astronomy at the community
I am an aerospace engineer working in the compressor aerodynamics department
at General Electric's Aircraft Engines facility near Cincinnati, Ohio. I've
worked in the industry for about nine years, and I have always been interested
in astronomy and space flight. I never got around to applying to the manned
space program, so I thought I would get involved anyway I can. I'm married
and have a 2 1/2 year old son.
I am a former research biochemist and statistician, now teaching 8th grade
earth-space science and math at McMurray Middle School on Vashon Island,
between Seattle and Tacoma in Washington state's Puget Sound. A longtime
avid amateur astronomer and online ferret, I'm currently involved in developing
online atmospheric learning resources for Earth and Mars as a Live from
Earth and Mars SciLive96 Summer Institute participant.
I'm a mother of four children ranging from two-year-old to ten. During the
day, I work as a computer consultant and have taught Computer classes. But
at night, I stare skyward and wish I were an astronaut. Needless to say,
I'm an amateur astronomer and missed my life's calling.
I am Scottish but have been living in Australia for a lot of years now.
I teach Computing Studies at Irrawang High School. My school has about 1100
students and their ages are between 12 and 18 although we do have a few
mature age students. I have been interested in science and space travel
since I was a child and I greatly appreciate the opportunity to get our
students involved with NASA and the Smart Filter project. The student volunteers
are from year 10 (15-16 years old) and are students who have shown an interest
in science in school.
Hi, my name is Gayle and I am a very happily married mother of one 4 year
old little girl (Anna-whom we homeschool). I provide day care for 5 other
homeschooled children ages 3-5-10-17. My husband is Paul, he works for Canada
Post. Born in England and raised in Montreal and Rio de Janeiro, I was schooled
at a private boarding school on the Isle of White in England, and am the
grand-daughter of a scientist. My grandfather, the late Terrence Ivey, invented
the first portable mass X-ray unit during WWII, the first working Fiberglass
tanker trucks for hauling hazardous chemicals, and built 2 telescopes himself
by hand, even grinding the lenses himself. This is what I remember of him
most, his telescopes set up in the back yard, all the work that lead up
to them, watching the stars and planets night after night, charts, tables,
short wave radio, his workroom where I played and listened to his scientific
passions. I am still fascinated by the space sciences and these projects
are a way for me to keep his memory alive. Presently I serve as a volunteer
Outreach Advocate to homeschoolers and eastern Canada and am the Canadian
Distribution Agent for the PTK programs. I am pleased and honoured to be
a part of it even in a small way.
Presently I am a trainer for CompUSA, doing onsite corporate training here
in Chattanooga, TN. I train users in the use of particular software packages
on their PCs. Formerly, I taught school here for a short while, and am still
very interested in the education. Working as a Smart Filter allows me to
stay in touch with both the scientific community, as well as the educational
world. I also was a Smart Filter during the Life From the Stratosphere project.
I am 38, single and enjoy a variety of activities beyond my work, such as
skiing, swimming, bicycling, hiking, camping, photography and reading. Much
of my time is also spent doing genealogy research as well, and my current
research can be viewed on the web at Dan's Place.
I have a B.S. of Science in Elementary Education from Indiana University / Purdue University at
Fort Wayne Indiana. I am currently working on my M.S. degree in Educational
Computing and Instructional Design at Purdue University in West Lafayette,
Indiana. My goal as a lifelong learner is to examine and explore technology,
and its infusion in future education. I am currently involved in two other
projects. The first is called project MCM (Murdock Computer Masters). This
project involves computer training of students in grades 3-5 at Murdock
Elementary in West Lafayette, Indiana. I also maintain the Educational Launch
Pad. This is a continually evolving project in which I have attempted
to build a web site which students, teachers, and parents will find useful.
Wading through all the information available on the web can sometimes be
overwhelming, and frustrating, so I have tried to list some good starting
points. The final destination of the Launch Pad has yet to be determined.
I am constantly searching for a focus that will best serve the intended
I am a Mining Engineer. I am also a lecturer assistant at the post grad
course at Universidade Federal do Rio grande do Sul / Brazil. I live in
Porto Alegre. I work at
LPM Minning Research
Laboratory and I have been involved with Blasting Tech for more than
12 years working directly with the industry. I am finishing a MSc degree
in Blasting Technology. By August I intend to begin my PhD in Blasting Technology
at JKMRC, University of Queesland, Australia.
I have loved astronomy since childhood and to become a member of such a
fantastic group as this one was a pleasure and an honor for me.
Here at the university I "teach how to teach" chemistry for all kinds of
future chemistry teachers, from grade 1-13. This department is called "Didaktik
der Chemie", which can be traduced with didactics of chemistry. I'm not
sure if you have something similar at American universities.
I am an MVS systems programmer at the University Center for Information
Services in Nijmegen, the Netherlands (http://www.uci.kun.nl in Dutch).
My age is 48. My interest in space comes from my interest in astronomy.
I have been an amateur astronomer most of my life, though with different
levels of activity: several years at the telescope, some years just with
books in the parlor, some years at the computer writing astronomy programs,
last year collecting lots of information thru the Web, from NASA to personal
pages. My daughter, she is 5 years old, goes to a school, that follows the
system developed by Maria Montessori. One very important aspect of this
system is 'cosmic education'. So, last year, she explained the 'Big Bang'
theory to me one day when she came out of school. This, amongst others,
raised my interest in education again. I went looking for information for
her, and for the school on the WEB, and the best way to find is to be actively
involved in educational projects on the WEB. That's why I signed up as a
volunteer. I have been a Smart Filter for the Online from Jupiter last year.
I have a BA with a major in foreign languages, and an MA in special education.
I have been teaching English as a Second Language on a secondary level since
1984. For the past three years, I have been integrating Internet/E-mail
use into my ESL activities. My class has participated in all the Passport
To Knowledge projects. After the first LFA project, I was so impressed by
the quality of these exceptional interactive educational activites that
I was delighted to learn I could volunteer as a Smart Filter and be of help
in some small way. For a number of years I had my private pilot's license
and flew almost daily. Because of my love of flying, I have always followed
NASA's space program with great enthusiasm, and I am particularly excited
to see so much educational emphasis on space science -- these activities
are indeed "cutting edge," another reason why I'm so happy to be participating
as a PTK Smart Filter.
I am a french student who is studying Electronic in the University of Hertfordshire
(United Kingdom). I have obtained a BTS in Electronic Engineering (French
diploma). And now, pursuing a BEng Hons in Electronic Engineering. I am
interested in working with your group because I would like to learn more
about NASA experiment, and because help other people is, for me, a pleasure.
I am an Optometrist and Amatuer Astronomer. I live in Sugar Land, Texas.
I volunteer at the George Observatory in Brazos State Park. I am a member
of the Fort Bend Astronomy
Club, and the Team Leader of a Supernova Search using the 18 inch and
36 inch Research Telecopes at the George Observatory. Please visit our web
site and drop us a line.
Hello! I'm Chris Rowan, and I have been an elementary schoolteacher in Brownsville,
Texas for the past 10 years. I have taught at
Morningside Elementary for the past 7 years. I have a B.A. in Psychology
from Baylor University and a Master's
in counseling from the University of Texas
at Brownsville. I have won several awards for the way in which I integrate
technology into the curriculum. In 1995, I won the State Technology Teacher
of the Year Award (sponsored by Technology and Learning magazine). During
that same year, I was selected to attend an intensive 2-week
NASA NEWEST workshop at Kennedy Space
Center near Titusville, Florida. Ever since I was a young boy, I have
had a deep interest in space science. When I found out that I could actually
be a part of the NASA team in promoting space science education, I jumped
at the chance. I get a great deal of satisfaction knowing that what I do
helps to promote NASA's goals. It's a hoot!
My name is David Rajan, and I just graduated from high school this June.
This is my second year Smart Filtering, and it has been a great chance to
learn firsthand about what's going on with several of the NASA projects.
I got into it by chance--I was surfing the Web, and just happened to see
the page asking for Smart Filters--and I filled out the form. In my spare
time, I like to fool around with my computer, play the piano and violin--and
when I'm not doing that, I'm always down for a good game of chess!
I'm a 16 year old high school student in 10th grade (class of 2000!). I
live in Ambler, Pennsylvania, U.S.A. I've always been interested in science,
computers, and the internet. Going to space (especially Mars a la Red
Planet by Heinlen) has a certain excitement associated with it, probably
coming from all that science fiction I've read. I worked this summer at
the Mann Music Center as an usher getting payed next to nothing, but with
"perks". When I grow up I want to do something in science, possibly be an
engineer or something. I've really enjoyed being a Smart Filter. In the
words of the person who wrote Forest Gump "That is all I have to say about
that". Oh, and I have a home page that I haven't touched in at least two
I'm a 9th grader at Louis St. Laurent School in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada.
I'm 14 years old. My favorite subject is music, and I play flute. I also
play the piano. My passion for space started when I watched the movie Apollo
13. Onwards from there, I found the NASA homepage, and then Quest. After
fiddling around Quest for a few months and meeting online with some of the
project developers, I thought that smartfiltering would be kind of fun.
I mean, actually doing something for NASA? Cool! So far, it has gone great!
I want to be an aerospace engineer and planetary geologist when I grow up.
My biggest wish is to be the first person to go to Mars and my favorite
robot is Sojourner.