Re: Electronic pen pals

From: kgh_donelson@K12.MEC.OHIO.GOV
Subject: Re: Electronic pen pals
Date: Sat, 02 Nov 1996 23:38:19 -0500 (EST)

Hi Janet,

On Sat, 2 Nov 1996, Janet K. and James R. Cook wrote:

> Sounds good to me.  I teach 16-21 year olds, but there's probably a few 
> who would enjoy sharing thoughts with someone.  Let me know if you want 
> older kids.  If there's another high school teacher out there who wants 
> to work together, let me know about that, too.  jkc
I too teach high school ... I teach a course called Space Technology     
to 10-12 graders.  We have a 90 minute block everyday and team with a 
computer/industrial tech component.  We have just finished building 
twelve 4 inch reflector telescopes and are now moving into a study of the 
solar system, with emphasis on exploring Mars robotically.  We will be 
designing some remotely controlled rovers equipped with cuseeme cams and 
pneumatically controlled arms and will be setting up some simulated "mars 
scapes" which we will have open for explorations the Tuesday before 

I will post more information later, but we are going to open up the 
exploration to anyone with cuseeme capability.  What the camera will see 
will be the simulated mars scape, and using either microphone or the chat 
window, students will be able to remotely send directions to my students, 
who will then drive the rover or move the arm to explore the "terrain."  
We will have several items there which could be "discovered" as well as 
using fans for wind, lights for simulated sunsets, shadow measuring, 

We hope to have an open registration with time slots next week.  More 
information will follow.

We are also thinking about using cuseeme and/or Netmeeting to have a 
summary conference a week later where participants could share their 
findings with each other and we could post accurate photos and 
information on the sites we make up.

So ... as you can see ... there are some more High Schools out here!  We 
have just been too busy to get anything written!!!

Hope you will consider roving with us!

Fred Donelson

Project Orion Space Shuttle Simulation Coordinator
Gahanna Lincoln High School
140 South Hamilton Road
Gahanna, Ohio  43230