Live From The Rainforest and Live From The Poles: YOU are

From: Jan Wee <>
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

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!
Jan Wee, moderator of discuss-lfm

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YOU and YOUR STUDENTS are invited to bring "REAL SCIENCE
environment via TWO upcoming PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE projects 
this SPRING 1998!

*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.


Content focus: Science and Social Studies, with interdisciplinary 
	extensions to math, language arts, computers, etc.; Special
	focus on biodiversity. 
Grades: 4-12 
	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:
	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. 

"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.

"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.

"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
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. 


	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:

           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 

	   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 

As background for these unique learning experiences, materials from
both previous PTK field trips to Antarctica remain available and 

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: 

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.