Mars thoughts


From: edgett@esther.la.asu.edu (Ken Edgett)
Subject: Mars thoughts
Date: Thu, 24 Oct 1996 22:37:34 -0700 (MST)


Greetings Mars Educators!

I got back from Russia last week (planetary science conference).
It was very interesting there (Moscow).

After Russia, I did a day at the Phoenix NSTA meeting. Sheri Klug did
a great session on PTK Live from Mars. 

While driving back from Tucson after pre-DPS education workshops there
early this week, I had a cool thought.

You might recall that after the "Life on Mars" story broke in August, 
the President said there would be a bipartisan summit meeting in 
November to discuss Space, particularly Mars.  I think this meeing is now
moved to December, but I am not sure.  The meeting is being convened by
Vice Pres. Gore.

Anyway, my thought was this--  WE have the opportunity to input into this
process.  What do you and/or your students want to tell Al Gore and the
space summit about where you think we should be going with the US
space program?  What benefits do you see coming from Mars exploration
(e.g., education enhancement) ?   I remember in grade school we often had
letter-writing activities... perhaps it would be an interesting assignment
to have students write to Al Gore about Mars/space.

This is just a thought and an idea intended to for educational purposes
only-- not a political statement or endorsement of any kind on my part.
I'd be curious as to your thoughts on this idea and/or whether your students
plan to do something like this.  I am not sure what the address is, but it
must be easy to find (e.g., the White House).

Ken Edgett
Arizona Mars K-12