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LIVE FROM THE STRATOSPHERE introduces PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE's
"Year to Explore Space and Cyberspace"

Live from the Stratosphere is the second in a series of Electronic Field trips sponsored by Passport to Knowledge. LIVE FROM THE STRATOSPHERE will allow students all across America to take a virtual trip aboard the Kuiper Airborne Observatory (KAO), to interact with astronomers and the flight-crew in real-time, to better appreciate the nature of contemporary astronomy and its incredible discoveries over the past decades, and the promise of the decades ahead. In this learning adventure,

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work together to create a challenging and exciting scientific journey for students of all ages. This newsletter will describe what is taking place on-air, on-line and in classrooms each week throughout the next six weeks.

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The live and taped video programs are key components, but they will contribute most to student learning if activities and lessons precede and follow them. Infrared astronomy involves unusual tools, techniques and terminology. Your students will get more if they come better prepared for the experience. We have prepared a teacher orientation tape called "Science in the Stratosphere" shown earlier this month (Sept.19) on many PBS stations and on NASA TV) and now available on tape from NASA (216-774-1051). This tape features Hawaii's award-winning KidScience distance learning educator Patty Miller demonstrating some of the hands-on activities to be found the Teacher Guide for Live from the Stratosphere.

"The Pre-Flight Briefing" (The October 5th program) will introduce students to the aircrew and astronomers as well as the teacher and students who will be aboard for the live flights aboard the Kuiper Airborne Observatory (KAO). Students will be able to "walk through" the KAO while it's still on the ground at NASA Ames Research Center, its home base in Mountain View, California.

These introductions will be followed by a 2 1/2 hour LIVE flight during the school day on October 12th and a 5-hour night-time flight (on October 13th) observing planets, stars and galaxies. Interactive video uplinks from NASA Ames, and selected science museums and schools across the nation, connect students to astronomers on board the KAO and to each other. Some science museums and planetariums have already agreed to hold overnight camp-ins in conjunction with the night flight.

In the end, a videotaped digest of all the previous programming, focusing on the astronomy seen during these unique KAO missions will be made with rights to re-use the video in class in years to come.

See next week for more details on "Science in the Stratosphere" and "Pre-Flight Briefing."

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Our goal is to include teachers regardless of their level of access or technical skill. NASA'S K-12 Internet Initiative will provide online materials accessible via a World Wide Web page; alternate Internet access will come via Gopher and basic Email. NASA Spacelink and PBS ONLINE will provide additional online hosts. Just as in LIVE FROM ANTARCTICA, the online materials will include extensive archival Information, including the the Teacher's Guide, current data on the KAO, astronomy and aeronautics, as well as INTERACTIVE opportunities such as Field Journals written by researchers on the KAO, and the ability to send Questions directly to scientists and others seen on camera.

Additional online COLLABORATIVE opportunities will include having students at diverse sites around the nation develop or participate in group activities relating to astronomy and aeronautics.

Email lists: for all lists, send email to ; then

              for basic info, write: subscribe updates-lfs
              for teacher discussion, write: subscribe discuss-lfs
              for journals for 5-6th graders, write: subscribe junior-lfs
     World Wide Web (http://passporttoknowledge.com/lfs/lfsnew.html)
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See next week for a description of the online tour of the KAO

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PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE includes classroom materials that are closely integrated with onair and online presentations. The Live from the Stratosphere Teacher's Guide (64 pages) features hands-on activities written by Carolyn Sumners, Ph.D., Director of Astronomy and Physics at the Houston Museum of Natural Science, and reviewed by the Materials Development Team of the PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE project, KAO staff and observers and teacher- alumni of NASA's FOSTER project (Flight Opportunities for Science Teacher EnRichment.)

The Teacher's Guide is accompanied by a "mini-kit" of additional publications and discovery tools which are designed to provide a close link between classroom projects and the other components of this project. They provide practical, hands-on activities for the middle school grades, often with suggestions about adapting them to lower or higher grades. Icons indicate activities linking science with math, social studies, language arts, and other disciplines. We've provided a Matrix or grid showing how the various activities, grouped by program, embody the suggestions of the AAAS's Project 2061 (Benchmarks for Science Literacy) and the California Science Framework.

IN CLASS THIS WEEK:

Now is the time to for students and teachers to do Opening Activity One:

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This activity will help student to explore what they know about that atmosphere, astronomy and creates a baseline for knowledge that can be compared to what they learn at this end of this electronic version. The directions for this activity can be found in the printed Teacher's Guide (pp. 7-8) and online (http://passporttoknowledge.com/lfs/tguide/oa.html). We are asking teachers to help their students email their summary of this discussion (see guide for ideas on how to summarize). Send this email to:

brainstorm-lfs@quest.arc.nasa.gov

This information will help all of us shape the programs and online resources to meet the needs of your students. See "discuss-lfs" for more details.

Other opening Activities:

 Packing for the Stratosphere: What would you take on your journey?
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 Keeping an Astronomer's Log: Keeping track of your electronic field trip.
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There is no cost to participate in LIVE FROM THE STRATOSPHERE. It is funded in part, by the Information Infrastructure and Technology Applications program of NASA's Office of High Performance Computing and Communications, the NASA Astrophysics Division, NASA Ames Research Center, NASA Education, and PBS K-12 Learning Services. It is also supported, in part, by the National Science Foundation.

Live From the Stratosphere is a Passport to Knowledge project. The video programs are a co-production of GEOFF HAINES-STILES PRODUCTIONS and MARYLAND PUBLIC TELEVISION. "Night Flight to the Stars" is co-presented by WNET/New York.

To register, receive the printed Teacher's Guide, other NASA materials on astronomy, an original color poster, and to cover postage, please send $10.00 to:

                      LIVE FROM THE STRATOSPHERE
                            P.O. Box 1502
                     Summit, New Jersey  07902-1502


The Teacher's Guide and online materials also include a preview of the Spring 1996 PASSPORT TO KNOWLEDGE offering:

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LFS Newsletter Editor: Margaret Riel (mriel@weber.ucsd.edu)


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