Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

December 7, 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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CELEBRATE THE RETURN OF OUR RESOURCE CENTER

On Jan. 22, the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center (ERC) will celebrate its grand reopening with an open house and a free workshop for teachers.

Housed in the new Washington NASA Space Grant Office at the University of Washington, the center provides K-12 math and science teachers with a wealth of free or low-cost resources including curricula, posters, software, slides and videotapes. Visitors are welcome to browse the library. Resource coordinator Alex Koerger will be on hand to answer questions.

Inventor and educator Ed Sobey, the author of Fantastic Flying Fun with Science: 69 Projects You Can Fly, Spin, Launch and Ride, will lead a workshop on flying toys for the classroom.

The workshop includes materials linked to the Washington EALRs. Sobey created the Northwest Invention Center to serve schools and museums with hands-on programs and exhibits, as well as help inventors. He holds a doctorate in oceanography from Oregon State University and teaches museum management at the University of Washington.

Workshop enrollment is limited. To reserve a space, call Alex Koerger, our resource center coordinator, at (206) 543-0214; or e-mail us at

nasa@u.washington.edu

LIFTOFF 2000 CONTEST OPENS

Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium has launched a competition to send one teacher to Houston July 17-21 to participate in LiftOff 2000: Return to Mars, a program that brings teachers into direct contact with the engineers and scientists who are at the forefront of Mars research.

LiftOff 2000 is designed around the National Science and Math Objectives for middle and high school levels. Entries will be judged on the teacher's leadership ability, teaching experience, and plans to share the program's resources and information with colleagues and the community.

Deadline to enter is Feb 1. For more information, visit

http://www.waspacegrant.org/liftoff2000.html

TIME TRAVEL TO KITTY HAWK

On Dec. 17, chat with Orville & Wilbur Wright and celebrate the 97th anniversary of their historic 12-second flight at Kitty Hawk. This special "time machine" chat takes place from 10-11 a.m. on the Aero Design Team Online QuestChat site.

For background info, visit

http://quest.arc.nasa.gov/aero/wright/background/

INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION LITHOGRAPHS AVAILABLE

The NASA lithograph "International Space Station Assembly" uses a color-coded image identifies the countries and space agencies responsible for each component at completion. A second lithograph "International Space Station Assembly Begins" shows the Zarya control module joined with the Unity connecting module.

Both images can be downloaded from the Web sites below.

http://spacelink.nasa.gov/products/International.Space.Station.Assembly/
http://spacelink.nasa.gov/products/International.Space.Station.Assembly.Begins/

PICTURE OF THE DAY

The Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD), voted one of PC Magazine's Top 100 Web Sites, contains the Web's largest archive of annotated astronomical images.

The site is the brainchild of professional astronomers Robert Nemiroff and Jerry Bonnell. Nemiroff is an associate professor at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Mich.; Bonnell is a scientist at NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md.

You can visit Astronomy Picture of the Day at

http://antwrp.gsfc.nasa.gov/apod/

FEEDBACK

Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at

isvete@uw.edu