Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

September 8, 1999

WSGC Newsletter for Educators

The Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium's electronic newsletter for teachers provides curriculum ideas, Internet links and other resources to help you better meet the Washington EALRs and the National Science Education Standards.

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BUILD YOUR OWN SPACE STATION

The new International Space Station bookmark from NASA not only explains the project, but also includes easy-to-follow instructions for students to create their own space stations using 2-liter drink bottles, PVC pipe connectors, and common classroom materials. Visit Engineer Your Own Space Station at:

http://spacelink.nasa.gov/products/International.Space.Station.Bookmark/

TEACHERS AND THE INTERNET

Ever wonder how other teachers use the Internet? The new report Internet Use By Teachers: Conditions of Professional Use & Teacher-Directed Student Use attempts to answer questions such as how often do teachers and students use the Internet, and equally important, how do they use it? The full report can be found at:

http://www.crito.uci.edu/TLC/findings/Internet-Use/startpage.htm

EXPLORING THE BOTTOM OF THE SEA

The American Museum of Natural History has chronicled the adventures of the Museum's scientists, engineers and educators in their quest to collect a black smoker sulfide chimney from the ocean floor. The chimneys are under more than a mile of water, weighed many tons, and spewed mineral-laden water with a temperature of 400° Celsius/ 750° Fahrenheit.

Most of the exercises on the Web site are appropriate for grades 7-12, but the site does offer one exercise appropriate down to grade level 4. For more information, visit:

http://www.amnhonline.org/expeditions/blacksmokers/home.html

SHARE YOUR IDEAS

Do you have a science or math Web site you've found especially helpful to your students? Send us the URL address and the grade level it best serves. We'll pass it on.

Ideas should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at isvete@uw.edu