Partner School Science Program Framework
*** For Participating Schools in the
U.S. during 2012-2013 school year***
The Partner School Science Program (PSSP)
connects teachers and students of different countries through space education to
expand their knowledge of math and science.
Collaborative research and hands-on science and math activities are
intended to promote cross-cultural understanding and Global Friendship.
Program components include:
Students are assigned an e-pal from one of their overseas partner schools using our
messaging system (http://www.gftse.org/epals.html ). Since many schools do not
allow students to directly e-mail one another, we use a secure teacher-moderated
messaging system that requires teachers to approve all messages sent between
students. Students are able to talk
to their e-pals about the current PSSP projects they are working on in school,
and their own cultures and lives. This promotes not only science education, but cultural understanding. Students
will receive newsletters that include the latest in space news, fun facts,
pictures, games, and articles about what other PSSP classes are doing.
Studying NASA Digital Learning
Network material (mandatory)
NASA-designed space education projects are offered online at the
NASA website under the NASA Digital Learning Network. Students can study science topics in
a unique way through NASA activities; teachers can also incorporate activities
into their class curriculum. The
study of the NASA topics will be conducted during regular school hours or as an
after-school activity, depending on how the teacher chooses to work it within
between NASA and the two partner schools in different countries offers
participants the opportunity to meet face-to-face and to personalize their
partnerships in a meaningful way. Videoconferences enable students to see each other in real time and
have the opportunity to share their science projects with NASA and each other.
Partner schools can choose to have an unlimited number of “Meet and Greet”
videoconferences just between the two schools, without NASA participation.
4. Attending E-Pal Week at Space
Program participants have the opportunity to meet their “e-pals” during a special six-day session in July at Space Camp Turkey called E-Pal Week. In this session, campers will have the opportunity to interact with students from many countries and to share their team projects during a “Science Fair”. Three days of sightseeing are added for American students, giving them the opportunity to further their understanding of different cultures.
Students of participating schools must be between 12 and 15 years of age.
It is desirable that boys and girls of
partnered schools be equally represented and as close in age as possible.
Proficiency in the English language is a program requirement and all
communication will be in English, the language of Global Friendship. In their e-mail correspondence,
students are encouraged to use standard English and not computer shorthand.
Class or group size of each school should include at least 15 students but
should not exceed 30 students.
1 computer for every 3 students
Digital camera and/or scanner
In order to join the program as a partner school, all teachers and school principals must agree
to do the following to participate in the Partner School Science Program.
Participating in the PSSP for one academic year.
students to e-pals with whom they will correspond throughout the year through
our e-pal messaging system.
Teachers must keep in regular contact with their partner teacher and encourage
their students to:
E-mail their e-pals frequently
(minimum of twice a month),
Send one or more letters by regular
Send a culture capsule at least once
during the school year by regular mail. A culture capsule would include small items that represent the students’
daily lives or region where they live.
e-mails to prevent transmission of inappropriate content. Our system will
automatically stop any bad language and redirect that e-mail to the teacher in
charge of that student. This requires teachers to regularly approve and release
all student mail.
Exchanging school calendars and national holidays at the start of the school year to help schedule video
Using the on line NASA Digital Learning Network to choose and study topics
minimum of two NASA topics during the school year on NASA’s Digital Learning
Having access to a videoconference facility (at or outside school).
Coordinating dates for videoconferencing with partner school. NASA requests that
dates and times be kept between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Central or Eastern Time in
U.S.A, Mondays through Fridays.
staff about proposed videoconferencing dates and time
1.5 months in advance for
to register with NASA. All
registrations for videoconferences with NASA will be done by
and not by individual schools.
Participating in at least two videoconferences, one with the partner school and
one involving NASA as well.
Conducting first videoconference (the “meet and greet” VC) with one’s partner
school to meet each other, without NASA involvement.
Following and completing the lesson plans for each topic provided by the NASA
Digital Learning Network to qualify for the videoconference with NASA and your
staff of students’ questions to NASA two weeks in
advance of videoconference and preparing students for the videoconference.
Documenting correspondence and keeping a record of testimonials from students
and teachers during the school year and after E-Pal Week.
record of PSSP projects and providing GFTSE with photos, projects, and updates
to post on the GFTSE website.
Attending E-Pal Week
parents aware early in the school year of the possibility of attending E-Pal
Week at Space Camp Turkey and the associated costs. E-Pal Week will be
30 – July 06, 2013.
effort to meet one’s partner school at E-Pal Week at Space Camp Turkey during
and sharing PSSP projects for a Science
Fair at Space Camp Turkey. Usually schools present one of the year's NASA
Our program has a limited number of participants.
For an application or for further information, please contact Tolga Yildirim,
Partner School Science Program Coordinator
Schools Coordinator Marilyn Anderson