Spring 1998 K-12 "Integration of the Internet" Awards

Grants are designed to assist K-12 teachers to implement multimedia or WWW projects in their classrooms. Projects may involve students in: email penpal relationships; information gathering; competitions; writing; on-line conferencing or other hands-on projects. Priority is given to projects which involve the use of NASA educational websites, projects, missions or science ( i.e. Skymath, Quest, SpaceLink, Globe, Earth System Science Academy, etc.) Grant recipients are required to conduct one workshop on their project during the Fall'98 Training Event on Nov. 6-7, 1998


1.  Teacher:   Shannon Tompkins, Douglass Park Elementary School, 

               Portsmouth, VA, grade 5 science

Project Title: Water, water, everywhere-will we have a drop to drink?

Project Description: This project is in conjunction with National Geographic Kids Network (NGS Network). The students work in small groups in the classroom and exchange information with other schools in the NGS Network. This is an exciting project which offers students theopportunity to learn in the best possible ways. Students make their owndiscoveries about real world problems through research and experimentation. The learners also share this information with others via the Internet. The class describes, analyzes and records various data discussing its implications. Throughout the project, the computer is used as a tool to enhance research and analyses.

2.  Teacher:   Vanessa Hinton, Douglass Park Elementary School, 

               Portsmouth, VA grade 4 science

Project Title: Weather in Action

Project Description: This project allows students to investigate and understand how weather conditions and phenomena occur and can be predicted including temperature and air pressure. Students collect data through direct experiences including using their senses in hands-on experiments; Using instruments and tools; Observing and recording data; Conducting surveys.

Students analyze the data they collect by making predictions; doing experiments; comparing results; making graphs and maps; looking for patterns; drawing conclusions; discussing implications; asking new questions; Exchange information with other schools via the network.

3.  Teacher:   Wanda Hathaway, Elizabeth City Middle School, 

               Elizabeth City, NC grade 8 science.

Project Title: Mini Water Treatment Simulation

Project Description: Students collect water samples from a Globe approved sampling site station from the waters near Elizabeth City. Student groups collect data for Globe using protocols for water sample collection. Students are asked to complete data sheets in class and enter the data via the Internet for Globe. Students compare each of the group samples and each group shares methods of purification.