Salute to historic space missions

Robert E. Morgan (aa018@nptn.org)
Wed, 21 Dec 1994 11:14:12 -0500


CuSeeMe Folks: A number of schools participating in this activity
hope to use CuSeeMe as part of their simulation projects. Please
post this where appropriate. Thanks

Bob Morgan, aa018@nptn.org.



NATIONAL PUBLIC TELECOMPUTING NETWORK
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NESPUT PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT
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SALUTE TO SPACE EXPLORATION - HISTORIC SPACE MISSIONS
TELECOMMUNICATED SIMULATION

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 1995


Join us in simulating via telecommunciations a space mission from
history!

PROJECT DESCRIPTION
The National Educational Simulations Project Using Telecommunications
(NESPUT), a part of the NPTN Academy One project announces this
telecommunicated simulation. This event pays tribute to all pioneers of the
space programs around the world and is an enjoyable way for students
to learn about the history of the space program in the
United States and elsewhere. A school can either research
one of the historic space missions and conduct a simulation
at their school, pretending to actually run that mission and posting reports
to the NESPUT listerv, or a school can assume a supporting role to a
simulation. The time for these missions is condensed to allow the simulation
to fit into a school day. Schools who wish to participate in this SALUTE TO
SPACE EXPLORATION, but who
do not wish, or are unable, to be a part of a simulation,
can participate by observing, sending factual information, or simply
sending greetings to participants.


HOW DOES THE PROJECT WORK?
Schools simulate an historic space mission in their classrooms and
report on a regular basis on their activities by telecommunications.
Hence, their activities are shared among other schools doing similar
activities.

GOALS OF THE PROJECT:
- Integrate the core curriculum into a practical learning situation
that is fun and motivational.
- Allow for the integration of technology into the problem-solving,
research, communication, and execution phases of a project.
- Develop an awareness in the students of the space program that has
taken place in several countries during this century and help them
to understand the way in which the space program has benefited all
of society directly and indirectly.
- Help students to develop team-player attributes that will better
prepare them for future work assignments as team players in a global
job market.

IMPORTANT TEAM CONCEPT

One of the most critical concepts of this project that students
and teachers need to understand and remember is that of the team
player who has unique contributions and responsibilities that must
be made in a timely fashion. The need to communicate via computer
mediated communications will be a vital element of the future work
force and will be utilized all through this project. Students need
to understand the overall goals of the project, their value to the
team project, their assignment, and their responsiblity. Additionally,
each student needs to share in the excitement that occurs on the
day of the mission so they can feel how they have contributed to
the total project. The need to communicate clearly and accurately
to problem solve are vital to any NASA mission and students need
to strive for the same high standards of accuracy and detail.

HOW TO I SUBSCRIBE TO THE NPTN/NESPUT LISTSERV

It's easy. Simply send an email message to listserv@nptn.org. Put
nothing in the subject heading, but in the body of the message put
just these words (without the quotation marks or brackets):
"subscribe nesput <your name>"

In a short time, you'll receive an acknowledgement and an
explanation about the listserv. Once subscribed, you can send
email messages to nesput@nptn.org. We suggest that you send a
brief introduction of yourself, your school, and your
activities.

Note that you subscribe to one address, but you actually send
messages to another.

Questions may be sent to aa018@nptn.org.

Please post this message as widely as possible.