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NASA Ames Education Technology Team February Updates – (January 31- February 14)

By SpaceRef Editor
January 31, 2001
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NASA Ames Education Technology Team February Updates – (January 31- February 14)

NASA Quest / AstroVenture

Wednesday, January 31, 2001 10 AM – 11 AM Pacific

Atmospheric Flight: an introduction to Planetary Flight

Join us for this very special Web cast. Steve Smith, coauthor of Planetary Flight will explain

flying in an atmosphere. In order to understand flight on other planets we need to

understand flight here on Earth. Steve will review the Four Forces: Lift, Drag, Weight and

Thrust. This will be the perfect introduction to the Planetary Flight Project with a sneak

preview of some of the curriculum and lesson plans.

Wednesday, January 31, 2001, 10 AM – 11 AM Pacific

Chat with David Cox as part of the continuing series from the Kennedy Space Center entitled “Under Construction – the International Space Station.”

This is a chance to ask your questions about experiments on the International Space Station. See David’s profile at:

Join the chat from:

Friday, February 2, 2001 – 1 PM – 2 PM Pacific

Astronomy Webcast

NASA Quest and Johnson Space Center’s Distance Learning & Education Studios feature Dennis Webb, manager of the International Space Station Integration. Dennis is a 28 year veteran of the US manned space program, starting with the Skylab Program in 1973. He served in Mission Control through the early shuttle program. He has been an amateur astronomer since 1990. Access lesson materials and join us from:

February 5-9, 2001 debate forum & February 9, 2001, 10 AM – 11 AM PST Panel webcast

The Great Mars Debate:

Join a select group of international Mars Scientists, educators, and students as they evaluate potential landing sites for the 2003 Mars Rovers mission. The debate runs through the week of February 5th and culminates with a live webcast featuring a panel of Mars scientists on February 9th. Join us at any point during the week to watch video interviews of Mars scientists, debate with other students, and take advantage of our supporting educational material.

The Great Mars Debate features three of our Women of NASA Mars scientists

in a live, interactive webcast hosted by our Young Women of NASA reporter, Bonnie.

Thursday, February 8, 2001 – 10 AM – 11 AM Pacific

Space Food – what Astronauts eat in space and why

NASA Quest and Johnson Space Center bring you a webcast focusing on the restrictions astronauts have with Space Food on their missions. Astronauts who explore space are restricted to food items they can take with them. They do not have ports to call upon for fresh provisions nor do they have opportunities to cultivate or hunt their own foods. Tune in to learn about the foods astronauts eat in space to maintain proper nutrition. Featured presenter is Janis Davis Street. See her profile at:

Join us from

Tuesday, February 13th, 2001 9:00 AM PST / 12:00 PM EST

Farming In Space – Plant Production Simulation

Join One of the First International Space Station Space Biology Investigations! K-12 teachers and students can participate in a cross-school, International Space Station (ISS) plant science investigation. The investigation, called Farming in Space, is an adapted version of the Biomass Production System 24-Day Test scheduled to be launched in January of 2002.

Wednesday, February 14, 2001 – 10 AM – 11 AM Pacific

Habitation on the ISS

This webcast segment of the Under Construction – The International Space Station will discuss humans living on the ISS. Join us from

Additional upcoming events:

National Engineers Week

E-Week is designed to encourage students to pursue careers in engineering, math, science and technology. The official dates for E-Week 2001 are February 18 – 24, however, below we provide several weeks of programming, featuring NASA engineers, representing multiple applications, enabling classrooms from across the country to have an interactive discussion with NASA engineers. Please visit the links for more information and lesson plans in advance of each event.

Black History Month

February is Black History Month. To celebrate, NASA Quest presents a series of Chats, Forums, and web casts with African American men and women role models who contribute their work in support of NASA’s mission and goals.

Introduce A Girl to Engineering Week – February 22nd.

More information to come.

SpaceRef staff editor.