Visit the Genesis mission outreach Web site at:

Countdown to Launch: The Countdown is ON!

Stayed tuned to the Genesis mission Web site as we count down to launch with our launch countdown clock. The mission homepage changes frequently as mission activities and events are highlighted. Would you like an insider’s look at Kennedy Space Center as the Genesis spacecraft is prepared for launch? In their “latest pics straight from the lab,” you can monitor the “countdown to launch” activities online from the time of spacecraft arrival at Cape Canaveral here:

Two Florida Genesis Launch Education Conferences

K-12 classroom teachers, planetarium personnel, JPL Solar System Ambassadors, and JPL Solar System Educators are invited to attend a special one-day training workshop. On August 1, 2001 at Astronaut Memorial Planetarium on the Brevard Community College campus, there will be a FREE, hands-on training workshop to field test Genesis education materials, sponsored in part by the Florida Space Grant Consortium. Lunch and snacks are provided. All you have to do is register and participate! Drawing extensively from the Genesis mission Web site, instructors will derive lessons from interdisciplinary sources, all suitable for immediate use in the classroom. All lesson plans are standards-aligned. Materials including posters, videos, and CD-ROMS will be distributed at no charge. The sunbeam team that leads the workshop consists of McREL’s John Rivstey and Jacinta Behne, Dr. Gil Yanow from NASA JPL, and Florida’s JPL Solar System Educators Erich Landstrom and Diana Yoder. Contact to enroll.

California State University Northridge is offering a Genesis mission Chautauqua course for educators at Kennedy Space Center in conjunction with the launch. Genesis Outreach Coordinator and Director of the California Chautauqua Field Center Dr. Gil Yanow will lead the three-day course. Teachers can learn more about this course and register online at:

Genesis and Colorado KidSpree

Will you be in Colorado for your summer vacation this July? If so, plan to attend KidSpree on July 21 and 22 , Aurora’s festival for kids, where the Genesis mission will host a booth filled with children’s activities. The Bicentennial Park event is free. KidSpree has earned accolades from the International Festivals and Events Association, the Public Relations Society of America’s Colorado Chapter and Westword, a weekly alternative newspaper for the Denver metro area.

California Genesis Development Network Summer Institute

California teachers, are you interested in becoming a Genesis Development Network Associate? Read on… Deadline to register is July 20, 2001. This NASA/McREL three-day workshop offers California standards-aligned classroom materials, multimedia classroom products, and an overview of the National Science Education Teaching Standards.

What: Genesis Education Field Test Training

Who: Middle and High School Science Teachers

When: August 13-15, 2001, 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM

Where: Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena, CA

Cost: $125 includes breakfast and lunch each day

Credit Option: Earn 2 CSULB semester units (additional fee required)

Make check or PO payable to LACOE and mail to:

Dean Gilbert, CIS/Science Consultant

Los Angeles County Office of Education

9300 Imperial Highway

Downey, CA 90242

Further information call: Dean Gilbert: 562-401-5486