Teacher Area

Instructions and Help

General Info
This is a telecollaborative project, which means that your class will be collaborating with other students from all over the world. Classes are encouraged to use Collaboration Central to post letters of introduction, carry out meetings and discussions with other participating classes, and to submit documents, drawings, and final reports. You may also submit photos of your class to be posted on our web site. It is our hope that in this way students can learn about each other and expand their horizons in addition to engaging in engineering, technology, and science activities.

A detailed schedule is available by selecting the Schedule option on the menu bar. It lists the basic steps you need to take in order to implement the project, and also gives key due dates for specific assignments. In order for participating schools to effectively collaborate in the design and production of a final product, it is important for all classes to adhere to the schedule.

This project is offered completely free of charge. All you need to do is sign up so that we can keep track of the various schools participating. To do so, go here: Registration

Please review each of the lessons carefully and use your judgment for allocating class time. A detailed lesson plan is provided in the Lesson Plan section of the web site. The Student Area of the web site is a self-contained site where students will find information pertaining to each of the activities as well as other project resources of interest to them. Please note that the Student Area has a slightly different menu. To get back to the main site, simply use the "Back" button on your browser.

Information about the equipment you will need and places to order it from, may be found here.

Curriculum Standards
The Standards for Technological Literacy, National Educational Technology Standards, the National Science Education Standards, and the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards that are satisfied by this project are included within each lesson plan.

Materials Available on this Site
The student activity sheets in each lesson are in Microsoft Word. If you have difficulty opening any of the activity sheets, please let the project leader know. The Reference Materials section has many links related to helpful resources.

Mirror Site Information
A mirror site is a copy of this web site which is located on a different computer, acting as a back-up in case our computer server, network, or electrical power is down for any reason. The mirror site is updated once a day to reflect any changes made to the web site in the previous 24 hours. You can access the project mirror site at the web site address:

Write down the mirror site address in a place where you will have quick and easy access to it if need be. If possible, print out this page to keep for future reference.