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PHYSICS EDUCATION NEWS (PEN) February 1994, No. 2 An electronic newsletter of the AIP Education Division VICE PRESIDENT ASKS SCIENTISTS TO JOIN EDUCATION REFORM EFFORTS In his February 1, 1994 speech to the National Academy of Sciences' Forum on Science in the National Interest, Vice President Al Gore challenged the U.S. science community to participate in efforts to improve the nation's science, mathematics, and technology education programs. "You have much to offer," said Mr. Gore, "not only at the college level but also earlier in the educational pipeline, with underrepresented minorities, in the school-to-work transition, in lifelong training, and throughout public education." GALAXY INSTITUTE TO PROVIDE SATELLITE EQUIPMENT TO SCHOOLS The nonprofit GALAXY Institute for Education has announced a program to help outfit 1,000 schools with new 18" DirecTv satellite dishes/receivers free of charge. This technology will allow schools to receive GALAXY Classroom, the first interactive K-5 satellite network devoted exclusively to elementary education. By combining satellite broadcasts, fax, video, and a computer network, GALAXY creates a global classroom that incorporates commercial-free video programming with hands-on activities, science kits, teachers' guides, student magazines, and literature books. The program includes teacher and administrator training, and continuing professional and technological support. (For application information, contact GALAXY Classroom, c/o Hager Sharp, 1090 Vermont Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20005; 800-33GALAXY) FREE GUIDEBOOK HIGHLIGHTS FEDERAL RESOURCES FOR SCIENCE TEACHERS A free guidebook of federal resources to supplement science and mathematics teaching will be available to elementary and secondary educators in March 1994. The Eisenhower National Clearinghouse for Mathematics and Science Education will publish 10 regional "Guidebooks to Excellence" that contain information from 16 federal agencies. The resources available include field-trip sites, federal-agency speakers, teacher training opportunities, NASA's regional teacher centers, and more. (For a free copy, contact: Eisenhower National Clearinghouse, Ohio State University, 1929 Kenny Rd., Columbus, OH 43210-1079) AT&T BELL LABS TO BROADCAST LIVE SCIENCE MARATHON "Live from AT&T Bell Labs," the nation's first six-hour science marathon, will be broadcast live from 10 am to 4 pm Eastern Time, Wednesday, April 27, 1994. The program, produced by scientists, mathematicians, and engineers from AT&T Bell Labs, is intended to stimulate students' interest in science and math. Nobel laureate Arno Penzias, vice president of research at Bell Labs, and a panel of top physicists and mathematicians will answer questions from students. In addition, dozens of exciting and challenging topics on the leading edge of science will be explored. The program will be carried via cable TV, satellite, PBS, and the Whittle Educational Network. Students' questions should be sent in advance via E-mail, fax, or mail, or may be videotaped and sent in. A free classroom poster and curriculum guide is also available. (For more information contact: "Live from AT&T Bell Labs," Murray Hill, NJ 07974-0636; telephone: 800-770-LABS; fax: 908-582-LABS; E-mail: LABS@ATTMAIL.COM) ASTRONOMY MATERIALS CATALOG AVAILABLE FROM ASP A new catalog published by the nonprofit Astronomical Society of the Pacific (ASP) lists a variety of materials for the teaching and study of astronomy. The illustrated color catalog includes sky observing aids, computer software and CD-ROMs, video and audio tapes, slides and videodiscs, books, posters, and more. New items include extensive files of astronomical images available on CD-ROM, a reasonably priced teacher's solar system slide set, and a videotape on the latest results from the Hubble Space Telescope. (For a free copy, send your name, address, and three first-class stamps to: Catalog Requests Dept., ASP, 390 Ashton Ave., San Francisco, CA 94112, or call 415-337-1100) CASS ONLINE PROVIDES ACCESS TO LUNAR AND PLANETARY DATA The Center for Advanced Space Studies (CASS), in Houston, TX, operates CASS Online, a Sun/SYBASE based program which offers lunar and planetary information and bulletin board systems. Users can access a meetings bulletin, current and back issues of the Lunar and Planetary Information Bulletin, a bibliography of space related articles, online catalogs, NASA's Image Retrieval and Processing System (IRPS), the Venus/Mars Gravity and Geophysics Bulletin Board, and the Mars Exploration Bulletin Board System. (Internet users can connect by typing: telnet (or telnet VMS/DECnet users can connect via the EAST gateway: set host east. At the Ultrix login type:! (don't forget the !). Modem users can connect at 9600 baud or lower by dialing 713-244-2089. After connection via any of these methods, log in as follows: login: cass password: online (use only lower case letters.)) *********************** PEN is being published on a trial basis through December 31, 1994. Please tell us your opinion of PEN. American Institute of Physics Education Division Contact: Mr. Tracy Schwab 301-209-3100, ext. 6450 To subscribe to PEN: Send your name, address, telephone number, and e-mail address to the AIP contact listed above.


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