May 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
--TAKE YOUR CLASS TO AN OCEAN PLANET (GRADES 6-12)
--COMET FACTS AND CLASSROOM ACTIVITIES AVAILABLE (GRADES 5-8)
--SUMMER PLANETARY WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS (GRADES 6-12)
--UNDERSEA LEARNING PROJECT TAKING APPLICATIONS (GRADES K-12)
--EXPLORE THE ORIGINS OF LIFE IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM (GRADES K-12+)
For the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center's last Saturday workshop this school year, coordinator Alex Koerger will lead teachers through the ins and outs of the new NASA CD-ROM, Visit to an Ocean Planet.
The hands-on workshop, scheduled for May 20, explores new materials on global climate and provides teachers with ideas to link the background materials to Washington's Essential Academic Learning Requirements. Each teacher will receive a copy of the CD, which includes satellite data from the Gulf of Mexico and lessons on deep ocean temperatures and salinity, El Niño, and the human impact on the oceans.
The workshop runs 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
The Stardust Mission's educational site offers a variety of classroom activities for students to gain a hands-on knowledge of comets and space exploration. Activities range from researching famous comets and designing their own return capsules to creating an edible comet using ice cream, ginger ale and toppings.
The site also features an educational program that allows students to design a spacecraft on-line or off. Visit the Stardust education site at:
http://stardust.jpl.nasa.gov/education/SUMMER PLANETARY WORKSHOP FOR EDUCATORS (GRADES 6-12)
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
The REVEL Project (Research and Education: Volcanoes, Exploration and Life) will offer eight science teachers an opportunity to sail and do field research in the Northeast Pacific this summer. Washington teachers are eligible.
REVEL 2000 starts with an Aug. 1 workshop for teachers at the University of Washington, School of Oceanography. The program will continue by sending teachers on one of two NSF-funded cruises to study hydrothermal vents at a depth of 1.5 miles on the Juan de Fuca Ridge.
Applications must be postmarked by May 26, 2000 to be considered for the selection process. Selected Revelers will be contacted mid-June. For more information, visit
The Solar System Educators Program (SSEP) gives 20 teachers a chance to explore the origins of our solar system with the scientists who leading breakthrough projects such as the Cassini mission to Saturn. Solar System Educators receive training at a four-day, all-expenses paid Institute at the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, plus training throughout the year via the Internet.
The program is open to K-12 educators and those from the informal education community (museums, science centers, learning centers, planetariums, etc.) with a strong background in teaching science or math and in teacher training. The institute will be held Aug. 2-5. All applications must be received by 4 p.m. (EST) May 19, 2000. For information, visit
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at firstname.lastname@example.org
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