A new opportunity is now available to connect live with other teachers and the LFM development team. Every Thursday, we will meet virtually online to discuss issues and learn from one another. Hopefully your questions about the LFM project will get answered. I know the LFM team will come with our listening-ears on, ready to adapt the project to meet real teacher requirements. We will hold the discussion on the Web using a technology called WebChat. To use it, you only need a Web browser like Netscape or Microsoft's Internet Explorer. These teacher chats will be similar to the student/NASA-expert forums which will be held beginning in October. So these chats will allow you to get comfortable with the technology ahead of time. On Thursdays, we will alternate the starting time of the one hour discussion. We hope this will allow for participation from teachers on the east coast, west coast, and everywhere in between and beyond. The schedule for the next few weeks is: Pacific Eastern September 12 3:00pm 6:00pm September 19 noon 3:00pm September 26 3:00pm 6:00pm October 3 noon 3:00pm To join the fun, point your web browser to:http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars/events/webchats/mars2.html
TEACHER'S GUIDE STATUS
We know that everybody is quite anxious for the Teacher's Guide. The entire Passport To Knowledge team is hard at work, madly jamming to finish the document. We expect that we'll be done in about two weeks, and expect to start shipping hardcopy versions by the end of September. The free, online version should be available shortly thereafter, around October 10. Within a week, the table of contents should be finalized and we'll distribute that online (via this list and the Web) so you can learn what lessons will be included. If you plan to order the hardcopy, please consider sending in your order as soon as possible. There are TWO ordering options for the Live From Mars teacher materials. Please read over the options carefully and fill out the form below. Be sure your check, money order, or purchase order is made out to Passport to Knowledge and sent to: Passport to Knowledge P.O. Box 1502 Summit, NJ 07902-1502 OPTION ONE: Live From Mars Teacher's Guide with suggested hands-on activities and lessons, opening and closing activities. and orientation and background information including how to use online resources. $10.00 (US) $15.00 (Canada) OPTION TWO: Live From Mars Multi-media KIT: Includes Teacher's Guide (described above), Teacher Orientation Videotape, original color poster, slide set, sample online materials, and Mars CD-ROM (IBM/Mac) and other instructional materials fully-underwritten by NASA's Mars Exploration Directorate -- and more! $99.00 (US) $112.00 (Canada) Price includes shipping and handling. Canadian orders -- please make your payment payable in US DOLLARS! Pricing for locales other than US and Canada, please contact Jan Wee
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Preview of the collaborative activity
Here is a preview of upcoming Live From Mars activities involving students collaborating with one another. The full details will be available within the next few weeks. The activity involves having students simulate the activities of the Pathfinder team. Roughly sketched out: - in October, students brainstorm in their classrooms what common/inexpensive tools they would place in a shoebox to measure their local environment - Nov 1 - Nov 15 they share their ideas online - Nov 15 until Christmas break, the students will debate online the relative merits of various tools to include. At the conclusion, we reach consensus on a uniform instrument package. - During the break, Santa Claus (or Hanukah Harry, etc) delivers the goods to classrooms; resourceful teachers may have to step in also. - January is spent measuring local environments with the agreed upon tools - February we share the collective data online; a few select locations are designated Mystery Spots. A contest is held to determine the location of these Mystery Spots. So that is the basic plan. More details will be forthcoming shortly.
DISCUSSION GROUP FOR TEACHERS A new mail list called discuss-lfm is now available. The list will provide a forum for teachers to discuss a wide variety of issues, concerns, teaching strategies, useful resources, project collaboration opportunities, and suggestions for the LFM project. The goals are similar to the weekly WebChats (described above), but the Email format will allow for more thoughtful discussion. Whereas WebChat demands an immediate response limited to a few sentences, discuss-lfm is not so constrained. The messages from discuss-lfm can be sent directly to your mail box. This is the most common way to participate in the discussion. For this option, every time a colleague shares a message, you'll receive it in your mailbox. To join the list this way, send an email message to: firstname.lastname@example.org In the message body, write only these words: subscribe discuss-lfm For those feeling like they already receive too much email, a digest of the discuss-lfm list is available. For this option, all the messages from a day are compiled into one bigger message which is forwarded to your email account. In this way, you'll receive all of the information, but the traffic will come only once per day. To join the list this way, send an email message to: email@example.com The messages from discuss-lfm can be sent directly to your mail box. This is the most common way to participate in the discussion. For this option, every time a colleague shares a message, you'll receive it in your mailbox. To join the list this way, send an email message to: firstname.lastname@example.org In the message body, write only these words: subscribe discuss-lfm For those feeling like they already receive too much email, a digest of the discuss-lfm list is available. For this option, all the messages from a day are compiled into one bigger message which is forwarded to your email account. In this way, you'll receive all of the information, but the traffic will come only once per day. To join the list this way, send an email message to: email@example.com In the message body, write only these words: subscribe discuss-digest-lfm And for those that really don't want any more email, you may keep up with this list via the Web. Look under the Teacher's Lounge at:http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars/discuss-lfm-lwgate.html
Spacecraft updates [Editor's note: in the future we intend to fill this space with personal journals of the men and women taking part in Mars exploration. For now, this is all we have, so we're sharing it] Mars Pathfinder arrived safely at the Spacecraft Assembly and Encapsulation Facility (SAEF-2) at 3 p.m. August 13, having traveled across the United States in a special van. Three of the four separate components have arrived at the Kennedy Space Center (KSC): the cruise stage, the aeroshell and the lander. The fourth element, the Rover Sojourner, was air shipped from Los Angeles to Orlando on Friday, August, 23. It arrived at the Cape later that day and was safely placed in the airlock at SAEF-2. The "Sojourner" rover successfully completed its first series of tests after arrival at the Cape. These tests consisted of extensive health checks (i.e., all actuators and sensors tested), a functional test with the rover's science instrument (the APXS - alpha, proton, and x-ray spectrometer) and a communication test with an initial configuration of the Mars Pathfinder lander. Once these tests were completed, the rover was stowed on the lander's rover petal along with the exit ramps. All components were tied down in preparation for petal attachment to the lander and petal closing later in August. Additional communication checks are planned with the lander prior to petal closing as the lander completes its reassembly. The integration of the four Mars Pathfinder elements began with the installation of the rover on one of the four petals of the lander. After the petals are closed, the aeroshell which surrounds and protects the lander will be installed and the parachutes will be attached. The assembled entry vehicle will then be mated to the cruise stage that will carry the spacecraft on its interplanetary voyage. Finally, before going to Launch Pad 17b, the completed Mars Pathfinder will be mated to the upper stage booster. McDonnell Douglas Delta II. This entire process will go quickly in preparation for the early December launch, scheduled for a mere 81 days from today! *** Mars Global Surveyor Status: MGS Arrives at the Cape! On August 13th, the spacecraft arrived at the Cape in the C-17. The spacecraft manager George Pace reported: "The C-17 landed at the skid strip at 3:25 AM EDT. The trucks were loaded and the convoy was underway by 5:45 AM to beat the morning travel curfew of 6:00 AM. The convoy arrived at PHSF (Payload Hazardous Servicing Facility ) at 6:15 AM. The spacecraft shipping container and MGSE were moved into the airlock. After stabilization and cleaning the container was rolled into the high bay where the spacecraft was removed and mounted on the test dolly.
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