Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

September 23, 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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BECOME A SCIENCE CHAMPION

Looking for fresh ways to explore climate, nutrients and energy alternatives with your class? There are still spaces available in the1999 Science Champions' daylong workshops sponsored by the Pacific Science Center and the Washington Science Teachers Association.

The workshops will be held in October at five locations across the state. Teams comprised of a teacher and five students participate in hands-on science lessons. The teams return home with curriculum materials to share in ways that best meet the needs of their school.

Science Champions specifically supports the Washington EALRs with a focus on Benchmark 2 content and methods. For more information, visit the Science Champions Web site at

http://www.pacsci.org/public/education/champions/

HURRICANE RESOURCES AVAILABLE

The public television special, Live From the Storm, won't air until Spring, 2000, but NASA's Passport to Knowledge program is already offering some hurricane-related resources. A teacher-to-teacher forum is now active and the program published its first update letter, including journals from some of the researchers riding "Hurricane Hunter" planes into this season's especially wild weather.

Live From the Storm is part of the ongoing Passport to Weather and Climate module, which also covers other severe weather including droughts, blizzards and tornadoes. The Passport to Knowledge program targets middle school students, but activities can be adapted up or down in grade. For more information, see

http://passporttoknowledge.com/ptk_storm.html

MUSEUM OF FLIGHT OPEN HOUSE

The Museum of Flight in Seattle will hold a free Educators' Open House from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9. Teachers and their families are encouraged to explore the exhibits and find out more about the Museum's school program offerings. The Museum of Flight is located at 9404 East Marginal Way next to Boeing Field.

Those interested in participating in a Challenger Mission need to pre-register by calling the Scheduling Department at (206) 764-5720.

PRACTICAL USES OF MATH AND SCIENCE

PUMAS (poo' mas) is a collection of one-page examples of how math and science topics taught in K-12 classes can be used in interesting settings, including everyday life.

The examples are written primarily by scientists and engineers, and are available to teachers, students, and other interested parties via the PUMAS Web Site. Editor and founder Ralph Kahn said the goal is to capture the flavor of the vast experience that working scientists have with interesting and practical uses of math and science.

Participants can submit comments or "suggestions for classroom use," to be appended to an example for the benefit of future users. Contributions and reviews can be written and submitted on-line. And there is an "Examples Wanted" bulletin board, where requests for new examples can be posted. For more information, visit

http://pumas.jpl.nasa.gov/

SHARE YOUR IDEAS

Do you have a science or math Web site you've found especially helpful to your students? Send us the address and the grade level it best serves. We'll pass it on. Ideas should be sent to Irene Svete, newletter editor, at isvete@uw.edu