September 23, 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
--NASA ERC OPEN WEEKDAYS (GRADES K-12)
--SEASON BEGINS AT NASA CONNECT (GRADES 5-8)
--TEACHER'S GUIDE FOR SPACE WEEK (GRADES K-12)
--ECLIPSES, ECLIPSES AND MORE ECLIPSES
--ASTRONOMERS FIND SQUARE CRATERS ON EROS
The NASA Regional Educator Resource Center on the University of Washington's Seattle campus is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays. Julie Lutz, the ERC coordinator and associate director for Space Grant, is available for individual or group consultations from 3:30-5:30 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on Mondays and Tuesdays through Dec 12. Teachers can also make special appointments.
The ERC is located in the Space Grant office, 401 Johnson Hall. The center offers a wide selection of NASA-developed materials on space flight, astronomy, aeronautics and earth science resources. Materials include curricula, videos, slides, CDs, visual aids and books.
Free teacher workshops are offered once a month. The Oct. 28 session for grades K-12 focuses on stars and constellations, plus guidance how to draft a mini-grant proposal. To arrange an appointment, or to register for a workshop, call (206) 543-1943, or e-mail
NASA CONNECT is a series of 30-minute, interactive programs endorsed by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The series utilizes NASA projects, facilities, and researchers, and some programs feature a live segment for student call-in.
Each program includes a lesson; a classroom experiment; and a Web-based, interactive component designed by Langley's Learning Technologies Project. Participation is free, but registration is required. Broadcasts begin Thursday, Oct. 19. An introductory package and the first two lesson guides are already available. For more information, visit
World Space Week, which takes place Oct. 4-10, was declared by the United Nations to mark the flight of Sputnik I in 1957 and the Treaty on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space 10 years later. The emphasis is on international cooperation and events are planned in 20 countries. More information, including a free teacher's guide with nearly two dozen activities, is available at
Astronomy writer and eclipse chaser Eric Flescher provides images, history and almost 100 eclipse-related links at Eric's Black Sun Eclipse Web site.
Flescher, who witnessed his first partial eclipse in 1963, is the author of space-related software and activities published by Odyssey and Harvard University. He has worked as a consultant for Newton's Apple, Smithsonian, Harvard University's Center for Astrophysics Project IMAGE and SPICA and Annenburg PBS foundation. In 1990, he was named National Space Educator of the Year by the National Space Club and the National Science Teachers Association.
To visit Eric's Black Sun Eclipse site, go to
In the pantheon of cosmic geometry, curves generally rule, but NASA's NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft has spotted square-shaped craters on asteroid Eros, a telltale sign of mysterious goings-on in the asteroid belt long ago. For the full story and images, go to
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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