Planet Explorer Toolkit Registration Update

From: Jan Wee <>
Subject: Planet Explorer Toolkit Registration Update
Date: Thu, 21 Nov 1996 09:08:30 -0600

Dear discuss-lfm members,

Over the past two weeks many classes and home schooling families have registered
their participation in the Planet Explorer Toolkit online collaborative

(If you are a new member be sure to visit the Live From Mars Web site at   Select Featured Events icon.  Select Planet
Explorer Toolkit.  You will find a very complete step-by-step description
and a time line for this exciting project that engages students in activities
that emulate the work of the Mars Mission Team and has students devising
their BEST
proposal for their Planet Explorer Toolkit.)

***Over 1,662 students*** from Grades K-12 are officially registered (that means
their sponsoring teacher/parent sent me a note telling me their school name,
age/grade, location and number of students) and are busy working on their

Many classes have been actively involved in research learning about the
scientific instruments, creating a database of possible instruments to 
include -- like Charles Lindgren's 8th graders, devising their own small 
group proposals, holding in-class debates, and are moving to the process
of determining their class' BEST P.E.T. proposal.  Lots of critical thinking
and problems solving is going on in these classes!  

You are not too late to join the P.E.T. online collaborative activity.  Classes 
will not begin posting their P.E.T. proposal online (in the debate-lfm
forum) until 
December 10th (through December 20th).   The group student debate, hosted by 
Planetary Scientist Sanjay Limaye, Space Science and Engineering Center,
and PTK Staff, will begin January 6th and consensus on a UNIVERSAL BEST
P.E.T. will be
reached by January 31st. 

Please send your registration information ASAP if you have not yet
registered your class and would like to participate.  (All classes registering
have received a confirmation note from me. If you did not receive one and feel
you registered, please resend your information.)

All participating educators should subscribe to the debate-lfm forum
by December 9th.  To subscribe:  send a message to
Leave the subject blank. In the message body, write: subscribe debate-lfm
Send your message.  You will receive a confirmation note back indicating that
you have been added to this list and a short note detailing key information.

To post a message to the debate-lfm forum, send the message to   Don't expect activity within this forum until
December 10th with the exception of a reminder note or two.

If you have questions or concerns about the P.E.T. Activity, please use this
forum (discuss-lfm) to post these as other educators likely have similar
questions/concerns and this is the appropriate forum for educator discussion.

Jan Wee


Jan Wee, Education Outreach Coordinator
Passport to Knowledge
Voice: 608-786-2767  (8am-4pm Central time)   Fax: 608-786-1819