Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

February 22, 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

-- PROJECT ASTRO SEEKS TEACHERS (Grades 3-12)
-- HUBBLE WORKSHOP AT UW SPACE GRANT (Grades 4-9)
-- HOUSTON, WE HAVE A SOLUTION! (Grades 4-6)
-- UW ENGINEERING OPEN HOUSE (Grades 4-12)
-- LA NINA'S STAY PART OF LARGER CLIMATE PATTERN?
-- THE UNIVERSE IN THE CLASSROOM 2000 WORKSHOP (Grades 3-12)

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PROJECT ASTRO SEEKS TEACHERS (Grades 3-12)

Project ASTRO, a unique program that partners teachers with amateur and professional astronomers, is recruiting grade 3-12 teachers in the Puget Sound region. The astronomers visit the teachers' classrooms at least five times during the school year. Teachers receive resource materials and training in hands-on astronomy activities. Additional activities include star parties, lectures, camp-outs, workshops, and events at the Museum of Flight and the Pacific Science Center.

The application deadline is May 1. Mandatory training will be held July 7-8 on the UW campus in Seattle. Teachers who participate may receive one unit of academic credit or 10 clock hours. For more information, contact the Project ASTRO coordinator, Dr. Karen Peterson, at (206) 543-9541, or

kpeterso@astro.washington.edu

HUBBLE WORKSHOP AT UW SPACE GRANT (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

HOUSTON, WE HAVE A SOLUTION! (Grades 4-6)

Broadcast free on Feb. 29, Houston, We Have a Solution! explores specific scientific challenges with the engineers and scientists responsible for finding the solutions.

The three 15-minute lessons include visits with NASA scuba divers who assist astronauts as they train for extra-vehicular activities and scientists who communicate with orangutans at the National Zoological Park in Washington, DC. These lessons can be used on their own or tied into the Space Day 2000 Design Challenges.

Register online at

http://www.fcps.k12.va.us/fairfaxnetwork/houston/

UW ENGINEERING OPEN HOUSE (Grades 4-12)

Learn how engineering changes the world. The University of Washington College of Engineering will hold an open house April 28, from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., and April 29, from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Tours and exhibits are planned, as well as student and faculty presentations. Teachers and students are especially welcome.

For more information, visit

http://www.engr.washington.edu/openhouse/

LA NIÑA'S STAY PART OF LARGER CLIMATE PATTERN?

A giant horseshoe pattern of higher than normal sea-surface heights developing over the last year is beginning to dominate the entire western Pacific and Asiatic oceans. Scientists at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena believe these abnormally warm ocean temperatures, which contrast with a cool La Niña, may be part of a larger, longer-lasting climate pattern.

The El Niño/La Niña Watch Web site provides up-to-the-minute analysis based on the U.S.-French TOPEX/Poseidon satellite and other NASA instruments, as well as an archive of images and information dating back to Nov. 19, 1988. The Web site address is

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

THE UNIVERSE IN THE CLASSROOM 2000: (Grades 3-12)

A national workshop on teaching astronomy in grades 3-12 will be offered July 13-16 as part of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific's 112th annual meeting in Pasadena.

The workshop will include sessions for teachers who are just starting to teach a unit on astronomy, as well as a strand of innovative ideas and updates for veteran science teachers. For a registration packet, call (415) 337-1100, X100, or e-mail

meeting@aspsky.org

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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