Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

March 10, 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

-- EXPLORE THE MYSTERIES OF METEORITES
-- EROS IS NO ORDINARY SPACE ROCK
-- FREE MAGAZINE OFFER FROM EISENHOWER NATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE
-- DEEP SPACE NETWORK LITHOGRAPHS AVAILABLE ONLINE
-- MOON FACTS INCLUDES CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES
-- ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE MARCH 31-APRIL 2

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EXPLORE THE MYSTERIES OF METEORITES

On March 25, teachers will have a chance to investigate moon and meteorite samples at a free workshop with Tony Irving, University of Washington geologist and former NASA research scientist. The Saturday event is part of a series of free teacher workshops offered by the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center at the University of Washington.

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

nasa@u.washington.edu

EROS IS NO ORDINARY SPACE ROCK

Only a few days into the first close-up study of an asteroid, data from NASA's Near Earth Asteroid Rendezvous mission indicate that 433 Eros is no ordinary space rock.

Data from NEAR's final approach and first days of orbit offer tantalizing glimpses of an ancient surface covered with craters, grooves, layers, house-sized boulders and other complex features. Scientists now know that Eros' mass is 2.4 grams per cubic centimeter -- about the bulk density of Earth's crust and a near match to the estimates derived from mission's flyby of Eros in December, 1998.

Images and information about the NEAR mission are available at

http://near.jhuapl.edu

FREE MAGAZINE OFFER FROM EISENHOWER NATIONAL CLEARINGHOUSE

ENC Focus: A Magazine for Classroom Innovators features practical and inspiring ideas on topics such as assessment, inquiry and problem solving, or innovative curriculum materials.

This is a free quarterly magazine for all educators interested in improving mathematics and science education. Available online and in print, each issue includes articles from teachers on the featured theme, regular columns on using the Internet and grant seeking, and descriptions of math and science materials from ENC's vast collection.

To receive a free subscription, call (800) 621-5785 or send email to

editor@enc.org

To view the online version and other Eisenhower National Clearinghouse programs, go to

http://www.enc.org

DEEP SPACE NETWORK LITHOGRAPHS AVAILABLE ONLINE

Two new lithographs of the Deep Space Network built by NASA to communicate with spacecraft exploring the solar system are now available online.

Deep Space Network-Communications and Deep Space Network-Radio Astronomy include photographs of 70-meter antennas and a project description. The Radio Astronomy lithograph includes images of a galaxy made with a radio-frequency interferometer and Jupiter superimposed on radio maps of the invisible radiation belts. Both are available at the following Internet locations:

http://spacelink.nasa.gov/products/Deep.Space.Network-Communications/
http://spacelink.nasa.gov/products/Deep.Space.Network-Radio.Astronomy/

MOON FACTS INCLUDES CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES

"Once and Future Moon" shows the lessons learned from the Apollo, Clementine, and Lunar Prospector programs. Moon facts, classroom activities and the top 10 scientific discoveries made during Apollo exploration of the Moon are all included. "Once and Future Moon" can can be downloaded at

http://spacelink.nasa.gov/products/Once.and.Future.Moon/

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION CONFERENCE MARCH 31-APRIL 2

The Environmental Education Association of Washington will hold its 10th annual conference March 31- April 2 at the Red Lion Hotel in Port Angeles, Washington.

"Environmental Education: Teach It, Live It!" includes workshops and field trips to the Olympic Peninsula's breathtaking rain forests, waterfalls and beaches. Quileute educator and master carver Chris Morganroth will be the keynote speaker. Morganroth helped to establish the Quileute Fisheries in 1974, served three terms on the Quileute Tribal Council and was featured in the 1994 Discovery Channel movie "Oceans of Air."

For conference details, coordinator Belinda Chin at (206) 386-4313, or visit the Environmental Education Association's Web site at

http://www.eeaw.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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