HELP WANTED: Astronauts for Columbia Shuttle Mission and CUE Experiments...............Apply Within

Hi!

I'm a science teacher at the Tenakill Middle School in Closter, New Jersey (Northeastern Bergen County). Our school has an enrollment of 430 students in four grades (5-8). During 1997 I have been part of a NJNIE project at Stevens Institute of Technology in Hoboken, N.J. This, my first internet project, has already been quite an adventure!

Welcome to my homepage designed to extend a set of experiments which are part of the Columbia Shuttle Mission (sts87) in November 1997. The experiments are called the Collaborative Ukrainian Experiment (CUE) and are explained in a complete teacher's guide. Using this piece as a focus, I have developed additional materials to add other dimensions to this space project.

Table of Contents:

1. Project Overview
2. Pre-launch
3. Count Down to Launch
4. Launch and the CUE
5. Post Mission


Willa J. Everson

email: willaeverson@hotmail.com
Tenakill Middle School
275 High Street
Closter, N.J. 07624

Project Overview:

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be an astronaut and "work" in space for 16 days? Join my class in preparation for the Columbia (sts87) launch on November 19,1997. For the training, see the Pre-launch activities. For your job as primary payload specialist, see the Count Down to Launch, Launch, and Post Mission activities. You will be planting seeds and monitoring plant growth and pollination in microgravity experiments (CUE).

INTERESTED ?????.....KEEP READING..............


Pre-launch:
September and October Internet Learning Activities ...(Space Science)

Basic Pre-launch Objectives:
1. to feel personally connected to the mission and crew of Columbia sts87
2. to understand what the astronauts will be doing and experiencing during their 16 day mission
3. to determine the requirements for the "AstroPlants" CUE project
4. to become familiar with the Ukraine connecting with the Ukrainian cosmonaut and Ukrainian students participating in the experiment

Depending on your grade level, internet access, and the time constraints of your curriculum, the materials listed below may be used in various ways:

LEARNING ABOUT BEING AN ASTRONAUT.... (careers)

"So You Want To Be An Astronaut"
http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/academy/astronauts/wannabe.html
"Selection and Training of Astronauts"
http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/academy/astronauts/training.html
"Ask An Astronaut"
http://www.nss.org/askastro/home.html

LEARNING ABOUT THE CREW OF STS87

"The Crew"
http://www.osf.hq.nasa.gov/shuttle/sts87/

Kevin R. Kregel, commander
Steven Lindsey, pilot
Takao Doi, mission specialist
Winston Scott, mission specialist
Kalpana Chawla, mission specialist
Leonid Kadenyuk, primary payload specialist (Ukraine) ...see press release 97-99

LEARNING ABOUT SURVIVAL NEEDS IN SPACE

"Humans In Space" (introduction)
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/sa/sd/intro/humans.html
"Spacecraft Air"
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/sa/sd/intro/air.html
"Environmental Control and Life Support" (Spacecraft System)
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/sa/sd/intro/humans.html



LEARNING ABOUT LIVING ABOARD THE SPACE SHUTTLE

"Sleeping In Space"
http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/academy/astronauts/sleep.html
"Astronaut Food" (Frequently Asked Questions)
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/sa/sd/intro/humans.html
"Food for Space Flight"
http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/academy/astronauts/food.html
"Living in the Space Shuttle"
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/pao/factsheets/living.html
"Exercising Astronauts"
http://liftoff.msfc.nasa.gov/academy/astronauts/exercise.html
"Space Hygiene"
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/sa/sd/intro/hygiene.html
"Wardrobe for Space"
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/pao/factsheets/wardrobe.html
"General Description "(shuttle space suit)
http://spacelink.nasa.gov/t?NASA.Projects/Human.Space.Flight/Shuttle/Shuttle.Space.Suit/General.Description

LEARNING ABOUT HEALTH CARE AND MEDICAL CONCERNS

"Astronaut Health Care In Space"
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/sa/sd/intro/medicine.html
"The Musculoskeletal System"
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/sa/sd/intro/musculoskeletal.html
"Bone Mineral Loss"
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/sa/sd/intro/bone.html
"The Cardiovascular System "(countermeasures p. 9-10)
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/sa/sd/intro/cardio.html
"The Fluid Regulation System" (Puffy-head, Bird Legs Syndrome p. 7-8)
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/sa/sd/intro/fluid.html

LEARNING ABOUT THE UKRAINE...(social studies...CUE project connection)

"The Ukraine"
http://www.ukraine.org/

LEARNING ABOUT THE STS87 EXPERIMENTS

"The Experiments"
http://atlas.ksc.nasa.gov/education/general/cueexp.html

LEARNING ABOUT THE CENTRAL "CUE-TSIPS EXPERIMENT"

A Teacher's Guide with Activities for Life Sciences needs to be ordered and read thoroughly. This guide includes everything a teacher needs to know about the experiments, equipment, background material, and reporting forms. To order the guide use: http://fastplants.cals.wisc.edu/cue/cue4.html
Questions??? email wfp@fastplants.cals.wisc.edu
To order AstroPlants seeds call : 800-334-5551(Carolina Biological)

Count Down to Launch:
October Classroom Lessons and Labs (Life Science/Biology)

Basic Count Down Objectives
1. to understand the physical, chemical, and biological environments needed for the AstroPlants experiments
2. to prepare equipment for the experiment (construction / measurement)
3. to study the parts of a seed
4. to develop an understanding of the parts of a flower and plant reproduction

*Follow the CUE-TSIPS Guide Mission Calendar (manual p.29-31)
*Teach content lessons needed for the level of understanding expected for your class (middle school, high school). The background material is all included in the manual. I plan to teach about the three environments (physical, chemical, biological), the parts of a seed, how to plant, and the parts of a flower/plant reproduction.
*I plan to make the equipment and set up an early "trial run" using the AstroPlant seeds.

Launch and the CUE

*All directions and the mission calendar are to be followed exactly as printed in the manual.
*Learning objectives are listed for each activity in the manual.
*The CUE-TSIPS activities are aligned to the National Science Standards and Benchmarks on p.5 of the manual.

NOTE: If you use day 0 as November 19th. (liftoff), you will not be completed with the 45 day life cycle of AstroPlants until January. This may be a problem as schools are closed for December Christmas/New Year vacations. In order to complete the life cycle before December 23, seeds need to be launched in late October. Check your calendars!!!

My day 0 will need to be October 27th. This works best around the NJEA Convention and Thanksgiving vacations. December 11th. will be the 45th. day. This allows time to run the viability test, process the results, and clean up.

Post Mission

*Send all statistical data to Wisconsin Fast Plants by January 31,1998 (manual p.4).
*Results will be posted on the Wisconsin Fast Plants web site in April 1998.

** I'd be interested in sharing data from your classroom on this page.
Email your class data to me at: willaeverson@hotmail.com

Data from Mrs. Everson's Class:

AstroPlants Growth Data Sheet

Statistics
Group n r x s
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
Group 5
Group 6
Class Data

Floral Clock Data Sheet

Statistics
Group n r x s
Group 1
Group 2
Group 3
Group 4
Group 5
Group 6
Class Data

FIELD TRIP POSSIBILITY:
If you have a Challenger Center in your area, you may want to schedule a trip as a final activity. My class will participate in the Buehler Challenger Center's "Mission to Halley's Comet" in December. The Challenger Centers offer a teacher workshop and a manual of activities in preparation for the mission. http://www.challenger.org/