From: Jan Wee <email@example.com>
Subject: Live From The Rainforest and Live From The Poles: YOU are
Date: Sun, 23 Nov 1997 14:52:34 -0600
Dear discuss-lfm members, This week's "What's Up" file is replaced by this very important announcement/invitation! Have a Happy Thanksgiving! Jan Wee, moderator of discuss-lfm .-. .-. .-. .-. .-. .-. .-. .-. .-. ..' `._.' `._.' `._.' `._.' `._.' `._.' `._.' `._.' `. PLAN NOW... THINK AHEAD, and *PLAN* for SOME UNIQUE LEARNING EXPERIENCES... YOU and YOUR STUDENTS are invited to bring "REAL SCIENCE REAL LOCATIONS, REAL SCIENTISTS, REAL TIME" into your learning environment via TWO upcoming PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE projects this SPRING 1998! --------->LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST *Live Telecasts* April 7th, 14th, & 21st, 1998 from on location in Brazil, Hawaii and across North America; live at 13:00-14:00 EASTERN. & ---------->LIVE FROM THE POLES A *special* live telecast on April 28, 1998 from the Antarctic and Arctic in conjunction with NSF's National Science & Technology Week (NSTW). 13:00-14:00 Eastern. NSTW (whose theme for 1998 is "Polar Connections: Exploring the World's Natural Laboratories") is celebrated April 26-May 2, 1998. I. LIVE FROM THE RAINFOREST Content focus: Science and Social Studies, with interdisciplinary extensions to math, language arts, computers, etc.; Special focus on biodiversity. Grades: 4-12 Telecasts: Three live telecasts April 7, 14, and 21, 1998. Freely available via NASA-TV or PBS participating stations. Special segments showing how students can use data from NASA spacecraft and the Space Shuttle to connect "remote sensing" with "ground truth" to better understand our planet and the regions where they themselves live. Taping rights: one year from broadcast dates. Call 908-595-o949 for pricing on the 3 one hour videos if not available via satellite access in your area. Support Materials: Teacher's Guide pack available includes 60 page guide featuring hands-on activities, special PTK full color LFRF poster, student worksheets, and more. $20.00 per guide pack. Multi-media Kit includes Teacher's Guide pack described above, teacher resource video with rainforest background and segments demonstrating how to implement hands-on activities via classroom demonstrations, sample online materials, set of 35mm slides, and more! $125.00 per multi-media kit, Availability: EARLY 1998 Online Resources: Via the Web / Presently under development. Web date availability: EARLY 1998! Web address to be announced! To subscribe to an online update, bringing you the latest plans and information, send an e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org In the message body write: subscribe updates-lfrf Send your message and you will receive a welcome/confirmation message and regular updates. Overview of live telecasts: Three one-hour programs take students via live TV and the Internet around the world to visit global rain forests. 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 Hawaiian and Brazilian rainforests and the temperate rain forest of the Pacific Northwest, as well as urban back lots, with the amazing and instructive international sites they've seen. PROGRAM 1 "Mission to Planet Earth" Tuesday, April 7, 1998 13:00-14:00 PM EST 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. PROGRAM 2 "Worlds Beneath the Canopy" Tuesday, April 14, 1998 13:00-14:00 PM EST 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. PROGRAM 3 "Connect Globally, Act Locally" Tuesday, April 21, 1998 13:00-14:00 PM EST >From the Brazilian, Hawaiian, and North American rainforests and urban back lots, 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 students. II. LIVE FROM THE POLES... PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE/NATIONAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WEEK special Tuesday, April 28, 1998 13:00-14:00 EASTERN Content focus: Science and social studies, with interdisciplinary connections to math, language arts, computers, etc. Special focus on ozone research, weather and atmosphere, global climate change, and adaptation to extreme environments. Grades: 4-12 Telecasts: Live telecast freely accessible via participating PBS stations. Taping rights for one year from broadcast date. Materials: a Guide with Activities will be available from NSF: See NSF's NSTW web site for more information: http://www.nsf.gov/od/lpa/nstw/start.htm Or contact NSTW, NSF Office of Legislative and Public Affairs, Room 1245, 4201 Wilson Blvd., Arlington, Va., 22230 For more information on NSTW '98 -- for updates as plans and events are scheduled -- send an e-mail at email@example.com Check your local science center or children's museum: 40 sites around the nation are part of the NSF's network, providing materials and hands-on training for teachers and others working with youngsters. 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 frontiers. >>>>BACKGROUND MATERIALS AVAILABLE... As background for these unique learning experiences, materials from both previous PTK field trips to Antarctica remain available and useful: Live From Antarctica Teacher's Guide Pack: $20.00 LFA Videos: four one hour programs: "The Coldest, Windiest, Iciest Place on Earth". "Life in Antarctica: Then and Now". "Spaceship South Pole". "Antarctica From Pole to Planet". $19.95 per program/$70.00 per set of four programs. Price includes shipping and handling. For full program descriptions see: http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/antarctica/television.html Live From Antarctica 2 Teacher's Guide Pack: $20.00/ Multi-media Kit: $125.00. LFA 2 videos: three one hour programs: "Oceans, Ice and Life" "The Secrets of Survival" and "Seeing the Future?" available for $19.95 per program or $55.00/set of three (price includes shipping and handling) PTK is supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation and NASA.