Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

June 7, 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

--NSS CHAPTER HOSTS ROCKETRY SPEAKER
--PLANETARY WORKSHOP SPACES STILL AVAILABLE (GRADES 6-12)
--QUEST ORGANIZERS WANT YOUR IDEAS (GRADES K-12)
--ASK THE EXPERTS (GRADES K-12)
--NASA "WHY?" SERIES BEGINS FALL 2000 (GRADES 3-5)
--NASA CONNECT AVAILABLE FALL 2000(GRADES 4-8)
--SUMMER NEWLETTER PUBLICATION BEGINS



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NSS CHAPTER HOSTS ROCKETRY SPEAKER

The Seattle chapter of National Space Society is hosting an introduction to high-power consumer rockets at its June 11 meeting.

Speaker Pat Floyd has been involved in rocketry and models since about 1967. He just finished with the test launch of a group project called the CSP7 (stands for the Community Space Program, project number 7). The launch was successful and the rocket went 7,100 feet. He is currently building a one-quarter precision scale Nike Hercules rocket.

The NSS meeting is free and will be held 7 p.m. at the Seattle Museum of Flight, downstairs in the Red Barn classroom. For more information call (206) 324-9096 or e-mail

clvancil@aol.com

PLANETARY WORKSHOP SPACES STILL AVAILABLE (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.

Mars 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

QUEST ORGANIZERS WANT YOUR IDEAS (GRADES K-12)

NASA Quest will undergo significant evaluation this summer. If you participated in any Quest project this year, or used any of the program materials, please take a moment to fill out the NASA Quest Survey.

This is a chance to let program developers know how they can improve the program and how they can make more educators aware of Quest. Among the new Quest programs under development is Virtual Skies is an air traffic management project for students and teachers in grades 9-12, and Planetary Flight is an aerospace project for grades 4-8. To participate in the Quest survey, go to

http://quest.nasa.gov/survey

ASK THE EXPERTS (GRADES K-12)

Are your ninth graders looking for a way to explain nucleosynthesis to a fourth grader? Does a fourth grader need to know if ancient peoples really predicted solar eclipses?

Where To Ask Questions is a straightforward page designed to link learners and educators to experts who can best answer their questions. Links include Ask A Physicist, Ask a Rocket Scientist and Ask-A-Locator, the mega-list of "Ask a" sites. Visit Where to Ask Questions at

http://spacescience.nasa.gov/questions/index.htm

NASA "WHY?" SERIES BEGINS FALL 2000 (GRADES 3-5)

The NASA "Why?" Files is a free series of four, 60-minute programs of problem-based learning and scientific inquiry, including scientific method and science process skills, aimed at introducing students to the excitement and exploration of real-world mathematics, science, and technology.

The standards-based series combines the leading edge Web technology with the content-driven, instructional quality of video programming. Educators need to register to receive the lesson guide.

Programs are delivered via Ku- and C-band satellite broadcast and air on 81 PBS-member stations. For more information, go to

http://whyfiles.larc.nasa.gov

NASA CONNECT AVAILABLE FALL 2000(GRADES 4-8)

NASA CONNECT is a series of five, 30-minute instructional distance learning programs. This series is endorsed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM) and supports the national mathematics, science and technology standards.

Programs use proportional reasoning as the "integrative thread" that "connects" mathematics topics in each program. Each program includes a lesson, a teacher guide, a student activity or experiment, and a Web-based component. The series is free, and parents are encouraged to participate. For more information, go to

http://edu.larc.nasa.gov/connect/

SUMMER NEWLETTER PUBLICATION BEGINS

The Washington NASA Space Grant Newsletter for Teachers will only appear once a month during the summer. We will return to our regular schedule in September.

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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