February 7, 2001
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
-- GET CONNECTED (5-8)
-- WORKSHOPS FOCUS ON STARS AND MORE (1-12)
-- HELP OTHERS NAVIGATE THE WEB (K-12)
-- INSTITUTE FOR MIDDLE SCHOOLTEACHERS (5-8)
-- EXPEDITIONS TO THE SEAFLOOR (6-8)
-- EARTHQUAKE RESEARCH BROADCAST
NASA CONNECT series returns to the air Feb. 15 with "Patterns, Functions and Algebra: Wired for Space," which explores the new methods being developed to propel spacecraft in orbit without the aid of fuel.
Produced by NASA Langley Research Center's Office of Education, NASA CONNECT is a free series of instructional programs which establish the "connection" between the mathematics, science, and technology concepts taught in the classroom and NASA research. Each program in the series supports the national mathematics, science, and technology standards. A resource-rich teacher guide is available with each program. A classroom experiment and Web-based activity complement and enhance the concepts presented in the program.
You must register to obtain the lesson guide. Educators are encouraged to tape the broadcast and copy the teacher materials. Video copies of the programs also can be purchased from NASA's Central Operation of Resources for Educators. For a full schedule of upcoming programs and registration, go to
Upcoming workshops at the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center will focus on stars, galaxies and intensive NASA training programs offered free to teachers around the country. "Stars and Galaxies" on March 10 features Dr. Julie Lutz, UW professor of Astronomy (and ERC coordinator) will be demonstrating activities, videos, and slide sets to enrich your astronomy offerings. This workshop is geared to teachers of grades 8-12.
The April 21 workshop -- designed for teachers of grades 1-6 -- is entitled "Never Been to a NASA Workshop? Now's the Time!" Orchard Heights Elementary teacher Ann Paoletti will share a variety of simple science activities, some of which she picked up by attending NASA summer programs for teachers.
Workshops take place from 1-4 p.m. at the Washington NASA Space Grant office, Rm. 401, Johnson Hall. Free parking is available on campus. Pre-registration is required and clock hours are available. To register, call (206) 543-1943, or e-mail
This summer, the National Science Teachers Association is again training cadre of teachers to become Webwatchers. The group will research and select Web sites which can be integrated into science curricula, and they will share the fruits of their research with other teachers through the NSTA web site.
The institutes will be held at NSTA Headquarters in Arlington, Va. Teachers will receive travel and lodging expenses, a daily per diem, and a $60/day stipend for the 11 days of the Institute. Two sessions will be offered this summer, one for K-6 teachers and one for those teaching grades 7-12.
Applications are due by Feb. 15; participants will be selected by March 15. For additional information and an application, go to
In July, the University of Washington Engineered Biomaterials program will host three, one-week summer institutes for middle school science teachers.
The institutes, MSSTI, will help teachers gain an understanding of the research being performed by UWEB scientists, and introduce them to current scientific laboratory techniques. The teachers will also receive a kit that integrates cutting edge science with inquiry-based learning. The kits are aligned with the Washington State Essential Learning Requirements.
Those chosen to participate in MSSTI will earn graduate credits and a stipend. For more information, call Janet Blanford at (206) 221-5823, or visit the UWEB Web site at
Dive and Discover, an interactive learning site, allows students and teachers to explore the mysteries of the deep seafloor. Join geologists, essicists, chemists, and biologists on research cruises to get the latest oceanographic and deep submergence research as it happens.
Expedition 4 will take place March 27-May 5 onboard the research vessel Knorr. The research will focus on the biology, chemistry, and geology of newly discovered hydrothermal vents in the rift valley of the Central Indian Ridge and will involve the remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Jason and other deep-diving, mapping, and imaging vehicles. Dive and Discover is funded by the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution and the National Science Foundation.
To participate, visit
Recent earthquakes in India and El Salvador have killed thousands of people and left many wondering how we might better prepare for earthquakes.
On Feb. 2, National Public Radio's Science Friday spent an hour exploring causes for the earthquakes and new earthquake research taking place in the Seattle Fault Zone. Experts include Mary Lou Zoback, chief scientist for the U.S. Geological Survey in Menlo Park, Calif.; Michel Bruneau, deputy director of the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research at the State University of New York at Buffalo; and Craig Weaver, Pacific Northwest Coordinator for the USGS Earthquake Program. An Internet recording ot the broadcast is available at
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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