"The most powerful form of learning comes not from listening to the good words of others but from sharing what we know. I have found that sharing this knowledge across cultural barriers has been a tremendous benefit to teachers and students in both American and Latin American countries."
This web site is designed as a resource for teachers and parents concerned with providing children and young adults with an appreciation and understanding of the study of environmental science. The contents of this web site describe activities that parents, teachers, and children can interactively take part in to help develop environmental awareness. This is done through curriculum, photographs and additional resources. This web site will demonstrate to the student that our environment is the world's concern - not geographically dependent on the inhabitants of one locale. Students can take a virtual fieldtrip to the Mayan Rainforest using the web site and internet links. The national Geography Standards (http://genip.tamu.edu/) can provide a framework for students to learn more about our Big Blue Planet we call Home. Viewing the environment from space can show how space photography has enhanced our environment and understanding. Hispanic role models include astronauts who have continued to study the stars and planets just as the Mayans of Central and South America studied them to create an early calendar to help with crop production.
Visit http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/ for further information on Hispanic Astronauts: Fernando Caldeiro, Franklin Chang-Diaz, Sidney Gutierrez, Michael Lopez-Alegria, Carlos Alegria, and Ellen Ochoa.
SPECIAL NOTE: This web site along with the books, Journey Through Air and Space and Space Activities for the New Millennium are available in Spanish. The material is part of the curriculum at Centro Blas Pascal, an Argentinean science and technology center, as well as other South American countries. Accompanying CD-ROMS with interactive PDF files with images, video and exercises with a final quiz will soon be available.
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