Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

December 20, 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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WINTER BREAK BLAST-OFF BEGINS

Afraid winter break will become winter blahs? The Museum of Flight in Seattle is hosting a full week of drop-in activities Dec. 26-31 from noon to 3 p.m. Children can build and test-fly the featured "Glider of the Day," make their own aviation art creations, and more.

For more information, call (206) 764-5720.

LESSON PLANS WITH LESS FUSS

A new tool is available to help teachers pinpoint the resources they need for their students from thousands of learning resources on the Internet.

Gateway to Educational Materials (GEM) is a search engine designed so teachers may type in a topic, grade level, plus other information, and retrieve lessons, instructional units, and other free educational materials from more than 140 web sites.

The site works like a card catalog letting teachers, as well as parents and students, search instructional materials at state, university, nonprofit, and commercial organizations. Federal sources are included, but the focus is on materials not created with federal support. To try GEM, go to

http://www.thegateway.org

TALK TO INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION EXPERTS

The 7th Annual International Space Station Teleconference: Expedition 2000 is scheduled for Feb. 17. The free live program will present students with real-world examples of math and science that support national Standards of Learning (SOLs) for middle through high school students.

Students will be able to interview scientists, engineers and astronauts who are working on the ISS project. Classroom materials are provided to all registered participants.

To register, go to

http://www.spacesite.org/Exped2000/default.shtml

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW?

Try the Space Place for instructions on how to make a pop rocket, asteroid potatoes and other spacy things. This site, geared to the elementary audience, also lets children dive below the surface of Mars and see ions in action. Vist the Space Place at

http://spaceplace.jpl.nasa.gov/

FEEDBACK

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

isvete@uw.edu