June 1 - 7, 2008
The Spaceword Bound North Dakota Field Expedition
begins at 7:30 a.m. on June 1 in Fargo, ND at
North Dakota State University. See
Flier and Application.
Limited to 20 North Dakota K-12 STEM teachers with strong interest and background
Bound is an educational program developed at NASA Ames and funded
by the Exploration Systems Mission Directorate (ESMD) at NASA Headquarters. The
mission of Spaceward Bound is to train the next generation of space explorers
by having students and teachers participate in the exploration of scientifically
interesting but remote and extreme environments on Earth as analogs for
human exploration of the Moon and Mars. Spaceward Bound Field Expeditions involve
teachers in authentic fieldwork so that they can bring that experience
back to their classrooms and assist in the development of curriculum
related to human exploration of remote and extreme environments.
Pre-selected field sites will provide opportunities for studies in
regional geology, field ecology, field sampling and statistical analyses,
and environmental studies. Participants will be given "hands-on"
instruction in field-oriented geology as well as consideration of
these sites for Earth analog studies of the Moon and Mars. We expect
to have ample opportunities for specimen collection. Tours will be
arranged wherever available.
Three credits are available by taking either:
695: North Dakota Field Course
Geology 695: North Dakota Field Course
from North Dakota State University. You need not
be enrolled in a graduate degree program to take this course. However,
you must be enrolled at the NDSU.
See NDSU Graduate School bulletin for more information on the
quick and easy “Non-degree enrollment” procedures:
- All participants must be North Dakota public or
private school educators.
- Participants should be physically prepared to
undertake moderate amounts of hiking and hill climbing.
- Participants are expected to carry their own medical/disability
- Students will be asked to sign a form that allows
NASA to post their photo images on the Spaceward Bound website
- Transportation will be by charter bus.
- Lodging is provided.
- Food is NOT provided.
- The course starts and ends at Fargo, and full
participation in all aspects of the course is expected.
$225 to include course recording fee, lodging, tour and entrance
fees, text materials, field notebook, and transportation.
Participants will be evaluated according to the
- The quality of participation
in the field trip, as evidenced by interest, cooperation, and activity.
- The quality of individual assignments to be completed
during the field course (mapping, statistical analyses, etc.).
- The quality of a field notebook of observations
to be maintained for the trip.
- The quality of a lesson plan (minimum of five class
days) to be prepared by each teacher immediately following the trip.
- The quality of e-mail projects, to be assigned as
part of the course pre-expedition training and follow-up.
Fieldwork is not a "luxury" experience. The course and
trip are tightly budgeted to provide maximum opportunities at minimum
cost to all participants. We cannot guarantee weather-related conditions,
the regular presence of flush toilets, regularily of meals (or other
forms of regularity!), the quality of lodging, etc. During the daytime,
the trip follows no definite hour-by-hour schedule. Instead, stops
will be made where field observations can be opportunely made. Breakfast
and lunch are often at the "nearest grocery store," and suppers will
likely not be "elegant." Participants should prepare themselves in
advance for moderate amounts of walking and climbing.
Biographies of Participants
- Suezette Bieri, M.S.,
Assistant Director of the North Dakota Space Grant, UND
- Gary K. Clambey,
Ph.D., Ecologist, Department of Biological Sciences
McKay, Ph.D., Planetary Scientist and Astrobiologist, NASA Ames
Rask, M.S., Space Life Scientist, NASA Ames (Trip Coordinator)
P. Schwert, Ph.D., Professor of Geosciences, NDSU
Duffy, Science Teacher, Hillsboro High School
L Hoff, Associate Professor of Science, Valley City State University
- Ben Juelfs,
Krueger, High School and Middle School Science
- Brett Lehner, U.S. Military (Japan)
Orth, , Wyndmere Public School
Pfaff, Elementary Science Teacher, Litchville-Marion Elementary
Contact for Further Information
NASA Ames Research Center
Building 239 Room 238
Moffett Field, CA 94035
Phone: (650) 604-5363
Fax: (650) 604-3954