If you would like to take a nice, leisurely electronic stroll through the exhibits at the Janet Annenberg Hooker Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, just click here for a virtual tour. This takes you on a step-by-step walkthrough of the exhibit hall.
A Gem of a Story has been made possible through a partnership among:
The United Parcel Service Foundation. The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS, provides local non-profit agencies with the support and funding necessary to meet existing and urgent community needs. The grants, ranging from US$10,000 to US$100,000 each, are distributed to organizations throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, Mexico, and Canada. Since the program's establishment, a total of US$30.5 million has been awarded to charitable organizations. UPS, the world's largest package distribution company and a sponsor of the 1998 and 2000 Olympic Games, employs more than 338,000 people worldwide and provides services to more than 200 countries and territories. UPS revenues for 1996 were US$22.4 billion on a volume of 3.15 billion packages.
Insite Distance Learning. Insite distance learning is a technology-driven initiative at Ball State University and the Indiana Academy to provide high-quality distance education programming to K-12 and college students and teachers. Programs include the K-12 electronic field trip series, elementary-level language classes, high school Advanced Placement courses, undergraduate- and graduate-level college classes, and professional development for teachers.
The Indiana Academy for Science, Mathematics, and Humanities and its Office of Outreach Programs. The Indiana Academy is a state magnet school for gifted high school students located on the campus of Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. It has two primary purposes. First, the Indiana Academy serves as a residential high school for approximately 300 gifted and talented juniors and seniors from across the state of Indiana. Second, through various Outreach programs, the Indiana Academy strives to stimulate and enable vitality in educational programs for academically gifted students and teachers. The Office of Outreach Programs has established itself as a state leader in distance learning opportunities throughout the nation.
The National Museum of Natural History and its Natural Partners Program. The Smithsonian Institution's National Museum of Natural History is one of the preeminent natural science museums in the world, housing millions of artifacts and some of the top scientists and researchers in the United States. The Natural Partners Program, a science-education initiative developed by the museum, provides students with access to vast scientific and cultural resources, using the Internet, CD-ROM, and interactive video-conferencing technology. This approach, called the Electronic Classroom, is the first step toward a new "museum without walls."
Ball State University, Ball State University Teachers College, and Ball State Teleplex. Ball State was established in 1918 as a state-funded institution of higher education in Muncie, Indiana. Today, more than 19,000 students are enrolled in 125 undergraduate programs, 76 master's programs, and 19 doctoral programs. Its 955-acre campus houses seven distinct colleges and 62 major buildings, including a 1.8-million volume library and 61 computer labs. At its core, Ball State is a premier teaching university -- a place where computer and telecommunications technology is used to enhance teaching and learning.
The Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications. Established by the state legislature in 1982, the Massachusetts Corporation for Educational Telecommunications (MCET) provides telecommunications services through multiple technologies to students and educators in Massachusetts and 22 states nationwide. This includes daily satellite broadcasts, computer networking for email and links to the Internet, videotapes, and videodiscs, as well as technical training and content support for participants. The Cambridge-based corporation serves a broad base of educational institutions, non-profit agencies, government services, and businesses.
Go to the Welcome page to find out more about the televised portion of this project.
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