From: Mail Delivery Subsystem <MAILER-DAEMON@nick.arc.nasa.gov> (by way of Geoffrey Haines-Stiles <ghaines@mail.arc.nasa.gov>)
Date: Fri, 19 Sep 1997 16:05:15 -0400

<I also plan to get the discuss-lfm address right in future: promise!>


Dear Discuss-lfm'ers and PTK Advocates (yes, if you see this message twice,
junk one!)

Many of you have inquired about dates for next spring, and flyers to
distribute at conferences: the latter are in process to support Advocates
who are active in outreach (and you know who you are... ) but we wanted to
give all of you some thoughts for the Spring. 

As you can see, we've kept to our intention of offering LIVE FROM THE
RAINFOREST, but NSF's plan to make "POLAR CONNECTIONS" the theme of its 1998
National Science and Technology Week was just too attractive (given our
affection for Antarctica) for us not to modify plans to offer a truly
special LIVE FROM THE POLES on April 28th. You'll see brief descriptions of
all the programs below.

This year we're also working even more closely with PBS: you'll see their
logo joining NASA's and NSF's. This should make your local PBS station even
more willing to carry the programs, either live or at least on tape delay.
PBS has already sent out announcements to education and outreach directors
at ALL PBS stations and many state and local educational TV networks. But,
as you know, "check local listings" remains essential advice. And if you
find your local station questions the educational or other value of PTK/LIVE
FROM programs please direct him or her to us, or vice versa: we're
continuing to accumulate solid evaluation data indicating that the 3 "T" 's
(Television, Tele-computing, and -- most importantly -- a dedicated Teacher)
can and do make a difference in sharing current content, nurturing positive
attitudes towards science and high technology and helping students practise
the research and communications skills they'll need in the world of work.
More on evaluation on this list later, after these hectic first few weeks of

So here are the dates and plans. Feel free to go public with these in any
media until we get the revised flyers out (and we plan this year to have
them also in PDF format on the Web to make them even easier to access and
distribute), and please get involved with WEATHER WORLDS, this Fall's online
collaborative activity. 

On behalf of the entire PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE team, Onwards and Upwards, to
Mars and beyond...

Geoff Haines-Stiles




Subject/Focus: Science (with interdisciplinary extensions to math, language
arts, social studies, computers, etc.)
Grades: middle school and upper elementary (& also high school)
Price: Teacher's Guide pack (includes Guide, copy masters of student
worksheets, poster, and NASA Fact Sheets): $20.00
Multimedia Kit (boxed, including Guide pack, resource video, slide set,
"Explorer's Guide to Mars" poster/map, "Mars Navigator" CD-ROM, and more):
Videotapes: call for availability and pricing of the 2 one hour programs
aired during the 1996-97 school year, and the 2 two hour specials broadcast
during Pathfinder's first week on Mars!

LIVE FROM MARS continues to track NASA's two current missions to Mars, allowing
students--for the first time ever--to follow planetary spacecraft from
pre-launch through landing! LIVE FROM MARS includes two broadcasts:

"Destination Mars"
Tuesday, October 30, 1997
13:00 Eastern

This program reprises highlights of the programs presented during the 1996-97
school year and provides an update on the highly successful July 4, 1997,
landing of Mars "Pathfinder" on the Red Planet, and the first months spent
on Mars by the micro-rover, "Sojourner," (named by a high-school student for
19th Century abolitionist Sojourner Truth.) For new teachers and students
"Destination Mars" provides a comprehensive introduction to Mars and why we
study it, the character and purposes of NASA's two missions, and
behind-the-scenes vignettes of the men and women who fly the missions.
NASA's second Mars spacecraft, "Global Surveyor," an orbiter rather than a
lander,   arrived succecssfully at the Red Planet on September 11, 1997, and
the program will showcase some of the earliest images and data returned.

"Today on Mars"
Tuesday, November 13, 1997
13:00 Eastern

With the very latest images and the first analyses of scientific data from
Mars "Global Surveyor," and more "ground truth" from the "Pathfinder"
lander, this program provides a kind of weathercast from the alien planet
that in many ways is most like Earth. The daily cycle of ice, frosts,
clouds, and dust storms will be followed through computer-enhanced images
from the lander, and compared and contrasted to Earth. The program will also
feature results from the WEATHER WORLDS online collaborative activity in
which students will gather local weather data and report it online, to
compare and contrast their findings with NASA's results from Mars! Also
featured will be hands-on activities which simulate the work of instruments
on NASA's spacecraft, and interaction between students and the researchers
who operate the actual "tools".

Through "Sojourner" 's robot eyes we'll see virtual reality sequences which
track the first-ever rover on Mars as it travels around the planet. Real time
interactions allow students to question NASA's scientists about the latest
findings and to hear about the future of interplanetary  exploration.  
Passport to Knowledge is supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation
and NASA. Live From Mars is a Special Project undertaken by Passport to
Knowledge and the American Museum of Natural History, in collaboration with
NASA's Office of Space Science and NASA JPL's Mars Exploration Directorate,
and Mississippi State University.


LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST (ed. note: we'll almost certainly use rainforest as
ONE WORD, though abbreviating the project to LFRF)

Science and Social Studies, with interdisciplinary extensions to math,
language arts, computers, etc.
Grades: (as above for LFM)
Price: Teacher's Guide pack (including Guide, poster, student worksheets,
and more) $20.00
Multimedia Kit (including Guide pack, teacher resource video with rainforest
background and classroom demonstrations, sample online materials, and more)
Call for pricing on the 3 one hour videos.

Three one-hour programs take students via live TV and the Internet around
the world to visit rainforests on four continents. Then students will look
back home to connect the science and social studies they've experienced to
North America's own diverse environments, exploring issues of biodiversity
by comparing El Yunque in Puerto Rico and the temperate rain forest of the
Pacific NorthWest, as well as urban backlots, with the amazing and
instructive international sites they've seen. 

"Mission to Planet Earth"
Tuesday, April 7, 1998
13:00 Eastern

This program will show the diversity of rain forests around our planet, and
their connection to how we live, no matter where we live. State-of-the-art
visualizations show how ground truth and remote sensing combine to give the
most current picture of a dynamic and living ecosystem.

"Worlds Beneath the Canopy"
Tuesday, April 14, 1998
13:00 Eastern

Real time interaction between students in North America, and researchers on
camera in Brazil focuses on the many animal species to be found in the
varied ecological niches provided by rain forests. Students will also see
how sustainable development can assist the human inhabitants of the rain
forest, while preserving viable environments of animals, plants and living
organisms which are a library of genetic diversity created by nature over
the eons. NASA images demonstrate how satellite technology can assist
nations in long-term monitoring and management of their resources.

"Connect Globally, Act Locally"
Tuesday, April 21, 1998
13:00 Eastern

>From the Brazilian and North American rainforests and urban backlots, where
lessons of biodiversity are literally brought home, the third and final
program will show how the Internet and educational telecommunications can
create new,
ongoing collaborations between world-class researchers and secondary school

PTK is supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation and NASA.



Tuesday, April 28, 1998
13:00 Eastern

Science and social studies, with interdisciplinary connections to math,
language arts, computers, etc.
Grades (as above)
Materials: a Guide with Activities will be available from NSF: free. PTK
will NOT be publishing its own Guide or Multimedia Kit, but will be offering
an original video compilation from our archive of over 100 hours of original
Antarctic footage, and will be readying an "Encyclopedia Antarctica" CD-ROM.
The LIVE FROM ANTARCTICA and LFA 2 Guides and/or Kit remain available and
are valuable companions to NSF materials.

In honor of NSF's National Science and Technology Week, whose theme for 1998
is "Polar Connections: Exploring the World's Natural Laboratories," PTK
presents a live, one hour special linking students across North America with
researchers literally "up North" and way "down South", via interactive
videoconferencing. Students will see the great differences between the
Arctic and Antarctic, and find out--for example--why and how humans have
long inhabited the northern polar regions, but never traveled south except
as seasonal and temporary explorers. Why are there polar bears up north, but
no penguins, and vice versa at the other end of the globe? Just as in PTK's
previous two LIVE FROM ANTARCTICA Modules, cutting-edge telecommunications
will bring home science relevant to the core curriculum, but give it a very
human face, as we see amazing scenes of the lives and careers of the men and
women who brave hardships and go to extremes to understand Earth's last


Questions, comments, suggestions, as usual, are welcome!


Geoff Haines-Stiles
Project Director, PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE & the LIVE FROM... specials
"electronic field trips to scientific frontiers"
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