From: Jan Wee <email@example.com>
Subject: Inviting you to join the P.E.T. activity!
Date: Tue, 04 Mar 1997 10:00:00 -0600
Dear discuss-lfm members, Many of you who joined this discussion forum in fall are aware of our online collaborative activity, the Planet Explorer Toolkit, which engages students in mission planning by designing their own P.E.T. much as the Mars Mission Planners have done for the Pathfinder. There are many new folks joining the discuss-lfm forum who may not be as familiar with this activity. For this group and for those of you who maybe considering involvement the file below will bring you up-to-date and presents our newly revised timeline. I encourage you to visit the LFM web site and take a closer look at the P.E.T. detailed overview (found under Featured Events). You and your students are invited to join our online email debate. An especially exciting time is ahead as we welcome NASA JPL Mars Mission Planner, David Mittman, to our discussion forum, debate-lfm. David will be assisting us in the consensus reaching process and giving us an insider's perspective on the Mars Pathfinder's instrument planning. Students and educators are welcome to join *now* for the consensus reaching process and the data collection activities. You do not need to be involved from the beginning to partake in these activities! You can catch up on the debate-lfm interactions by visiting the LFM web site and accessing the archive found at: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/mars/debate-lfm-lwgate.html We would love to include data collection sites from the far corners of the globe and diverse regions of the US! Jan Wee, moderator >>>>>>> P L A N E T E X P L O R E R T O O L K I T <<<<<<< In a few short weeks classes around the country and the globe will have the opportunity to put into action the special instrument package devised by a group of dedicated "P.E.T. Lead Classrooms" -- students and educators, who over the months of January and February, helped devise what they think might be the *best* Planet Explorer Toolkit. The group is still finalizing the exact contents (specific instruments) of the Toolkit during the next two weeks, March 3rd through 14th, and will do so with the assistance of David Mittman, NASA JPL Mars Pathfinder Mission Planner. Classes participate in online discussions with experts via our special email list called "debate-lfm" and may join the discussion at any time during the activity. Students from grades two through high school have been actively participating since December! Dr. Sanjay Limaye, Planetary Scientist Advisor who has guided the "P.E.T. Lead Classrooms" throughout January and February, recently noted that this phase of the activity is called the "CDR" or Critical Design Review phase. Once consensus is reached classes will gather their TOOLKIT instruments and prepare for their data collection "mission" -- "launch" their instrument package to record data on a site convenient to them... on this planet! Whether you and your students have been monitoring the P.E.T. online collaborative activity or have just recently become involved in the Live From Mars project, *ALL* classes are invited to join in the next phase, the LAUNCH and DATA COLLECTION PHASE, by serving as a member of the Planetary Data Input team. In just two weeks, you will gather the instruments needed for your Toolkit, determine the best area (nearby your school/site) for data collection, and collect data that uniquely describes your region. All participating groups will submit their data (via email or web-based form) which will in turn become part of an online database and the basis for further interpretive activities. More details about the P.E.T. can be found online at our Live From Mars web site under *Featured Events*. An updated schedule will be found there soon, but the key dates are as follows: March 3rd-14th: Welcome NASA Mars Mission Planner, David Mittman, to the debate-lfm forum who will assist us in reaching consensus on the final Toolkit By March 14th: Reach consensus on the contents of the Toolkit March 15-April 4th: Assemble Toolkit and Initiate Launch Phase... collect planetary data on site By April 4th: Submit data via email or web-based form By April 11th: Passport to Knowledge will select winning classes (one per grade level range -- elementary, middle and high school) on th basis of their overall involvement in the P.E.T. activity. These classes will be receive special honors and one class will be selected to participate in the April 24th broadcast. Each of the selected classes will receive a special award allowing them unique ways to participate in NASA's missions to the Red Planet. A special enrichment activity entitled "Where in the World Is this P.E.T. Mystery Site?" will engage students in using Toolkit data to determine the location of five mystery sites. This activity will be detailed in future updates and will invite classes to submit answers through May 9th. If you have questions about the P.E.T. Activity, feel free to email Jan Wee at firstname.lastname@example.org >>>>>>> To join the debate-lfm email discussion forum <<<<<<<<<<< 1. Send a message to: email@example.com 2. Leave the subject blank 3. In the message body, write: subscribe debate-lfm 4. Send your message. You will soon receive a confirmation message noting that you have been added to the list. From that point on you will receive a copy of all postings to the debate-lfm list. 5. 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