Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

February 2, 2000

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.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

-- SATURDAY WORKSHOP TO FOCUS ON HUBBLE (Grades 4-9)
-- NEW FLIGHT AND SPEED RESOURCE (Grades 4-8)
-- CLEAN AIR LESSONS AND CONTEST AVAILABLE (Grades K-12)
-- SCIENCE GOES TO THE MOVIES (Age 13 and up)
-- KEEP UP WITH NASA'S MISSION TO MAP THE WORLD

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SATURDAY WORKSHOP TO FOCUS ON HUBBLE (Grades 4-9)

The Regional Educator Resource Center at the University of Washington continues its series of free workshops for teachers on Feb. 26 with a visit from NASA representative and educator Brian Hawkins. The workshop, geared to upper elementary and middle school teachers, stresses basic math and science concepts. Teachers will work with actual Hubble images. Each participant will receive a classroom activity packet and build a paper model of the Hubble telescope for use in the classroom.

Workshops take place from 1-4 p.m. at the Space Grant office, Rm. 401, Johnson Hall. Free parking is available on campus. To register for the workshop, call (206) 543-1943, or e-mail

nasa@u.washington.edu

NEW FLIGHT AND SPEED RESOURCE (Grades 4-8)

Regimes of Flight teaches students about flight at different speeds. The Web site provides lesson plans, related journals and chats with flight engineers. For more information, see

http://quest.nasa.gov/aero/events/regimes

A Regimes of Flight Class Mural Contest is also being held. The murals depict not only the definition and description of a speed category, but also show aircraft from that category. The contest deadline is March 2.

CLEAN AIR LESSONS AND CONTEST AVAILABLE (Grades K-12)

Smart Moves for Washington Schools booklet, produced by the nonprofit group, Climate Solutions, includes a collection of classroom activities to teach the concepts of mapping, urban planning, and transportation. Specific Washington EALRS are given for each activity.

Climate Solutions is also running a contest to recognize schools with outstanding projects based on their lesson plans. Winning schools receive a $250 gift certificate. To view the contest rules and download a free copy of the booklet, go to

http://www.climatesolutions.org/smartmoves.html

SCIENCE GOES TO THE MOVIES (Age 13 and up)

Do your students ever wonder what Terminator 2 has to do with real science? On Feb. 28, the University of Washington Department of Chemistry is kicking off a free film and lecture series called Science at the Movies.

Physicist Larry Crum will introduce the movie Chain Reaction (rated PG-13) with his talk, "Science and Hollywood: an Oxymoron (or how Hollywood screwed up a perfectly good science discovery -- sonoluminscence)."

The event takes place at 7 p.m., in Room 131, Bagley Hall on the Seattle campus. For more information, call Mary Harty at (206) 685-8445.

KEEP UP WITH NASA'S MISSION TO MAP THE WORLD

The Shuttle Radar Topography Mission, now scheduled to launch no sooner than Feb. 9,is designed to map up to 80 percent of the Earth's landmass. The area to be mapped is home to about 95 percent of the world's population. Several Web chats and Web casts have scheduled during the 11-day mission. For the most up-to-date information on SRTM, go to

http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/srtm/

For activities designed specifically for students, visit

http://quest.nasa.gov/ltc/jpl/srtm.html

FEEDBACK

Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at isvete@u.washington.edu

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