Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

April 19, 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

--OCEAN AND WATER-RELATED LESSON IDEAS AVAILABLE (GRADES K-12)
--UW ASTRONOMY DEPARTMENT HOSTS OPEN HOUSE
--FREE LIFE SCIENCE INSTITUTE OFFERED FOR TEACHERS (GRADES 2-6)
--SUMMER PLANETARY WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS (GRADES 6-12)
--HUBBLE TELESCOPE MARKS 10TH ANNIVERSARY
--FLYING TOYS AUTHOR PRESENTS CREATIVITY WORKSHOP (GRADES K-12)

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UW ASTRONOMY DEPARTMENT HOSTS OPEN HOUSE

Astronomer Don Brownlee and paleontologist Peter Ward, co-authors of "Rare Earth" will be the keynote speakers at the UW Astronomy Department's open house May 13. "Rare Earth" contends that, contrary to popular thought, we might be alone and Earth might be unique, if not in the universe at least in this celestial neighborhood.

The open house takes place from 2-6 p.m. in the A Wing of the Physics-Astronomy Building. This year's theme is astrobiology. Activities include continuous planetarium shows, a panel discussion by scientists on science fiction in the movies, live physics demonstrations, and sundial and pendulum tours. For more information, go to

http://www.astro.washington.edu/openhouse/openhouse.html

OCEAN AND WATER-RELATED LESSON IDEAS AVAILABLE (GRADES K-12)

Looking for lesson plans on ocean currents, fisheries, icebergs and other things water related? The Oceanworld site -- a project of NASA and Texas A&M University -- offers a wealth of resources.

Each topic area provides general information and sample questions, plus a chart of topical Web links that gives a short synopsis of the link's content, name of its producer and the reading level by grade. To view the topic areas, go to

http://www-ocean.tamu.edu/education/oceanworld/

FREE LIFE SCIENCE INSTITUTE OFFERED FOR TEACHERS (GRADES 2-6)

The Summer Institute in Life Science -- a hands-on, four-week program for elementary and middle school teachers -- is being offered June 26-July 21 by the University of Washington Biology Program. The institute is geared to teachers with little or no science background.

Teachers earn eight credits of Biology 491. All tuition costs are covered by a grant from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. In addition, teachers receive a generous allowance for materials. For more information, visit the Summer Institute Web site at

http://www.biology.washington.edu/teachers/sils

SUMMER PLANETARY WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS

Join experienced scientists and educators in an eight-day exploration of the planetary sciences through a study of Washington geology and the latest information about Mars.

Planetary Geology: A Summer Workshop for Teachers gives participants an opportunity to use their new knowledge to develop instructional plans for their classroom or educational setting using NASA and other educational resources. The workshop targets relevant Washington Essential Academic Learning Requirements (EALRs) and/or National Science Education standards.

The comprehensive program begins with a three-day field trip to the Channeled Scablands of central Washington to examine landscape features analogous to those formed early in the history of Mars, and continues at the University of Washington campus in Seattle with four days of workshops.

Instructors include UW professor and former NASA research scientist Dr. Tony Irving; planetary scientist Dr. Allan Treiman of the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Houston; and Dr. Donald Brownlee, UW astronomer and the principal investigator for the NASA Stardust Mission.

The registration is $75 and includes materials, field trip expenses, final banquet dinner and lodging. For more information, visit

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

HUBBLE TELESCOPE MARKS 10TH ANNIVERSARY

A new NASA site marks the 10th anniversary of the launch of the Hubble Space Telescope. The site includes a history of the project, links to celestial images taken by Hubble, lesson plans and games. Visit the site at

http://hubble.stsci.edu/sci.d.tech/discoveries/10th/

FLYING TOYS AUTHOR RETURNS WITH CREATIVITY WORKSHOP

Ed Sobey, author of Fantastic Flying Fun with Science: 69 Projects You Can Fly, Spin, Launch and Ride, returns to the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center on April 29 with a workshop on "juicing up" creativity in the classroom.

The Saturday event is part of the ERC series of free teacher workshops. Workshops take place from 1-4 p.m. at the Space Grant office, Rm. 401, Johnson Hall. Free parking is available on campus. Pre-registration is required and clock hours are available. Teachers will leave the workshop with activities and hands-on ideas.

To register , call (206) 543-1943, or e-mail

nasa@u.washington.edu

For more information on Ed Sobey, see the Seattle Times article "Making Science Fun."

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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