February 21, 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
-- USGS LAUNCHES EARTHQUAKE WEB SITE (K-12)
-- FREE TUFTS U WORKSHOPS (6-12)
-- ONLINE SCIENCE CLASSES OFFERED
-- OZONE FACT SHEET AVAILABLE
-- HAVE A SOLAR BLAST
-- ROCKET SCIENCE AND MORE (1-12)
The Earthquake Hazards Program of the U.S. Geological Survey recently introduced a Web site to supply information on global and U.S. earthquakes.
The new site includes hazard maps, historical data, photos, and classroom activities broken down by grade level. Students and instructors can now retrieve information including field investigations of the 1999 earthquake in Izmit, Turkey, and the 2000 Tottori earthquake in Japan. Visit
The Foundation For the Future, a Bellevue nonprofit organization dedicated to the long-term future of humanity, is once again co-sponsoring Tufts University's Wright Center for Science Education Workshop Series.
The summer workshops are free of charge, including room and board, and are open to all full-time high school and middle school science teachers. Workshop topics include space explorations, the case study method of learning about the human body, aquaculture and watershed education, and climate change.
To obtain an application, contact Ann Reid at (425) 451-1333 or
For detailed information on the individual workshops, go to
The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) is offering K-12 teachers a free 30-day trial membership to sample their distance learning courses, including their Seminars on Science program. Course offerings include: Sharks and Rays: Past and Present; Genetics, Genomics, Genethics; and a spring class, How to Study Spiders.
A one-year individual membership is available for $349. School and district site licenses are also available. To sign up for the free trial membership, go to Connected University at
NASA's Earth Observatory offers a unique reference section with straightforward fact sheets and other articles on the atmosphere, oceans, remote sensing and other topics. The site also includes images, media alerts, and summaries of Earth science headlines from radio, newspaper, and television. Visit the Earth Observatory at
Sun-Earth Day -- a national celebration of the Sun, the space around Earth and how all of it affects life on our planet -- takes place April 27.
Teachers can receive a Sun-Earth Day Education Kit, support materials for the classroom and e-mail mentoring. For more information, see:
Ed Sobey, author of Fantastic Flying Fun with Science: 69 Projects You Can Fly, Spin, Launch and Ride. returns for a workshop May 19 at the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center.
Rocket Science II, geared to K-12 teachers, demonstrates new rocket launching devices that you can make and use with inexpensive materials. Spaces are still available in the March 10 workshop, Stars and Galaxies, an astronomy workshop for teachers of grades 8-12. Dr. Julie Lutz, UW professor of Astronomy (and ERC coordinator) will demonstrate activities, videos, and slide sets to enrich your astronomy curriculum on the universe beyond the solar system. All participants will receive a Hubble Deep Field poster.
All workshops are free and 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
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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