Re: More Mars stuff

From: (Ginny)
Subject: Re: More Mars stuff
Date: Wed, 9 Apr 1997 01:57:20 GMT

Hi, thanks for sharing this.   I will check out the web site at It sounds great!!!  So this educational software is free, it
sounds. I'm looking forward to checking it out! gin

At 7:30 PM 4/7/97, wrote:
>A  project, Passport Mars, was created with input from  science teachers and
>uses links to expert scientists and NASA's Live  From Mars Web site.  The
>interactive projects will be available on  CCCnet, an award-winning education
>site on the World Wide Web  ( and was previewed this week at
>the National Science  Teachers Association (NSTA) in New Orleans.
>CCC, the leading provider of educational software and services to  the school
>market, is committed to exploring new ways to use the  Internet and
>leveraging partnerships with teachers and other experts  to make CCCnet the
>most powerful online curriculum resource  available.  To create Space, CCC
>formed partnerships with science  teachers from Super Collider Opportunities
>for Education (SCOPE) and  NASA's Life Sciences Division's Outreach Program.
> Space follows  education standards from the National Science Teachers
>Association  (NSTA) and National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE).
>"This is the most teacher-friendly and educationally sound online  science
>resource I have seen," said Barry Rose, sixth-grade science  teacher at Kent
>Elementary School in Carrollton, Texas and a SCOPE  teacher member.  "I am
>excited to be part of creating such an  innovative educational project."
>Unique to Space is its "Activity Bank," which provides offline  activity
>ideas developed by SCOPE teachers.  Open for contribution  from teachers
>participating in CCCnet, this resource is designed to  supplement the CCCnet
>project in teaching students about Mars.
>Available the first week of May 1997, the Space thematic unit  provides 40
>hours of easily-integrated classroom instruction and is  CCCnet's sixth theme
>since the launch of the educational Web site in  1996.  Passport Mars,
>accounting for 20 hours, can be used as a whole or broken into parts for
>teaching lessons on chemistry, biology, or  geology.
>"Passport Mars really brings the flexibility of a Web-based  education
>program to life through its teacher resources and  interactive content," said
>Lori McBride, CCC vice president of New  Media Markets.  "It also takes
>advantage of the educational aspects  of the Web by putting leading-edge
>resources such as expert  scientists and real pictures of Mars at the
>fingertips of students."
>Passport Mars
>Passport Mars, Space's main project, takes students on a virtual  trip to
>Mars.  After landing, students participate in a series of  chemistry, biology
>and geology investigations to form their opinions  as to whether life could
>exist on the planet.  The geology project  allows students to use the Web to
>design telerobotic vehicles (TRVs)  suitable for Martian terrain and test
>them on various types of soil.
>To help guide the tour, each student is issued a "Passporter," a  futuristic
>interface that students personalize for their team.  The  Passporter prompts
>navigation throughout the project and tracks  progress at every stage.
>As part of the main project, students can post questions and  receive answers
>online from expert scientists.  Also, students are  directed to view specific
>photographs and other information on Mars  through various NASA Web sites,
>including Live From Mars, the Mars  Pathfinder mission and the Mars Global
>Surveyor mission.
>Extra Textual
>To complement Passport Mars, a second project titled Extra Textual uses
>science fiction to teach students about story plots as an  element of
>writing.  Students link to the Web site of popular science fiction writer
>Octavia Butler to read a short story and identify plot lines.  Students may
>also participate in "Cosmic Threads," an online activity where students write
>and publish different paragraphs to a  collaborative, ongoing story.
>Partnering with SCOPE
>SCOPE is a project created to address current challenges of  science
>education.  It operates within the Texas Center for Education Technology
>(TCET) at the University of North Texas and is sponsored  by the Department
>of Energy, corporate partners and 10 partner school districts.