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Web Cast To Bring Space Expert To Iowa

1/5/2006

AMES, Iowa -- Space expert Andrew Chaikin will present a Web cast in conjunction with the Iowa Space Grant Consortium (ISGC) Jan. 13 from 1 to 2:30 p.m. The Web cast will be produced by the Science Center of Iowa, ISGC and Iowa State University Extension.

The ISGC, which was formed in 1990 with the three Iowa Regent Schools and Drake University, is helping to bring Chaikin to Iowa through one of its many programs that provide opportunities to learn more about science and space.

Jay Staker, associate director of the ISGC, is also program director of Extension to Science, Engineering and Technology (E-SET) with ISU Extension 4-H Youth Development. The programs collaborate to provide development opportunities in science, math and technology for children from K through 12.

Staker said, "There's a public misperception about what science is and how science works that needs to be improved through education." He also said that the ISGC provides development through curriculum and educational kits for formal and informal educators.

Chaikin's Web cast will originate from the ISU Extension 4-H Youth Building on the Ames campus. Classrooms and individuals will be allowed to connect through the Internet. Chaikin, the foremost Apollo historian, has chronicled the Apollo missions through his book A Man on the Moon, which is the basis for Tom Hanks' best-selling mini-series From the Earth to the Moon.

In addition, the I-MAX film Magnificent Desolation: Walking on the Moon will be screened at both the Science Center of Iowa in Des Moines and the Science Station in Cedar Rapids during Chaikin's visit. The film will explore Apollo moon missions and the stories of 12 astronauts who have walked on the lunar surface.

Students also can attend other Chaikin presentations Jan. 12 at the Science Station in Cedar Rapids and Jan. 14 at the Science Center in Des Moines. Classroom teachers should call (319 )363-4629 ext. 34 to reserve tickets.

For more information on involving schools in the Web cast, email educators@sciowa.org to receive instructions for logging in and equipment required.

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Contacts :

Jay Staker, 4-H Youth Development, ISU-ESET, and Iowa Space Grant Consortium, (515) 294-8417, jstaker@iastate.edu

Carol Ouverson, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-9640, couverso@iastate.edu