Press Release

National Science Teachers Association National Conference on Science Education

By SpaceRef Editor
March 22, 2006
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This year the conference will be held in Anaheim, California (next to Disneyland) April 6-9. NASA always participates in this conference with exhibits, speakers, presentations and educational and technical staff.  If you are attending NSTA please visit the NASA exhibit area and have a look through the program for the large number of presentations by NASA staff and our education colleagues.

Although not a NASA presentation, of special interest might be “Meet the Nobel Laureates” on Saturday morning from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. at the Marriott Hotel Marquis Center. Three Laureates, one from each science area where the prize is awarded, will participate in a panel followed by by breakouts to discuss their science with you in a more personal and interactive way.

We look forward to seeing you there.

LAUNCH EDUCATOR CONFERENCE

The CALIPSO-CLOUDSAT Earth Science Mission is ready for launch on a Delta II rocket on the 20 April, 2006 (3:02 AM) from Vandenberg Air Force Base on California’s central coast.  The K-12 CALIPSO-CLOUDSAT Educator Launch Conference will take place on April 19 (Wednesday, 1PM-ON) up to the launch on 20 April 2006, Thursday (3:02 AM).

K-12 workshops will be presented by presenters from Hampton University, Colorado State University, GLOBE, NASA and the Endeavour Center.  The dinner banquet  will include presentations by CALIPSO-CLOUDSAT mission scientists and engineers, and education mission specialists.  There will be plenty of real-world science curriculum and “hands-on” activities that you can share with your students.  There is no prior knowledge required to participate.  Spouses are welcome to attend with K-12 teacher participant.

All workshops will be held at Allan Hancock College’s Lompoc Valley Center Wednesday afternoon (1:00 – 6:00 pm) followed by dinner and presentations. Bus transportation will be provided after check-in at the Quality Inn hotel (6 – 8:00 pm) and educational workshops at Allan Hancock College, Lompoc Valley Center and to the dinner presentations, as well as the launch at 3 a.m. (20 April 2006- Thursday).  Check-in will be from 11:45 am – 12:45 pm at Allan Hancock College on Wednesday.  Allan Hancock College is providing ½ unit of college credit for conference participation.

Due to limited facilities, enrollment will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis (200 people).  Spouses are welcome (must complete all forms and pay the per person registration fee), even though the program is developed for primarily K-12 educators.  Please submit your registration as soon as possible, since the registration deadline is April 12, 2006 (Wed.).

Detailed information relating to accommodations is in the registration form (call Quality Inn, Lompoc, 805-735-8555, for hotel reservation Wednesday Night 19 April 2006, Calispo Block Rate for group has been reserved).

An e-mail will be sent to you confirming receipt of registration form (allow one week) once received.  Please complete ALL REGISTRATION FORMS including AHC for unit credit forms (no exceptions).  You can go to website www.endeavours.org/sec for a detailed Map with directions to Allan Hancock College, Lompoc Valley Center.  You will be bussed to the Endeavour Center after you check-in at Quality Inn hotel (6-8 PM) after the workshops for the dinner banquet and to the Delta II launch that night as a MISSION TEAM.

We anticipate another successful educator launch conference and look forward to meeting you soon!

Kind regards,

Edmund Burke
Endeavour Center
www.endeavours.org

CloudSat info: http://science.hq.nasa.gov/missions/satellite_24.htm

CALIPSO (Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations) info: http://science.hq.nasa.gov/missions/satellite_23.htm

SpaceRef staff editor.