May 8, 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
-- ROCKETS, ROCKETS AND MORE ROCKETS (K-12)
-- ACS MEETING SCHOLARSHIP OFFERED (K-12)
-- VISIT THE SPACE PLACE (K-12)
-- VOLCANISM APPLICATIONS DUE MAY 11 (6-12)
-- REVIEWERS FOR ED PRODUCTS SOUGHT (K-12)
--"HOW HIGH IS IT?" GUIDE AND GAME CARDS (5-8)
-- SPACE FOUNDATION SUMMER COURSES
Ed Sobey -- author of Fantastic Flying Fun with Science: 69 Projects You Can Fly, Spin, Launch and Ride -- returns to the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center on May 19 with new inexpensive rocket launching devices K-12 teachers can make and use in class. Participants will build and launch rockets using air pressurized by a bike pump. Additional activities include making pneumatic blast rockets and launchers. Very cool!
All Satuday ERC 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
The Northwest Regional Meeting (NORM) of the American Chemical Society will be held June 14-17 at Seattle University and many sessions are planned for K-12 teachers.
A $150 scholarship will be given to each of the first 30 K-12 teachers who register. Teachers will receive 1 credit from Seattle University for attending 10 hours of approved programming. (There is a $35 fee for the credit.) For complete details visit
The Space Place offers a wealth of activities written for students to do, make and share. Since the experiments do not require special equipment, they can also can be conducted at home or in an informal education setting. There is also a teachers' section with lesson plans and classroom projects. Only some descriptions include grade levels. Visit The Space Place at
Applications are still being taken for the Planetary Volcanism, an in-depth summer workshop offered for middle school and high school teachers. The workshop, scheduled for July 7-14, combines field trips and classroom work.
Participants will spend four days touring the Cascades volcanic range, then follow up with three days on the UW campus developing hands-on lessons to share their new knowledge with their students. The workshop features instructors from UW and the Lunar and Planetary Institute in Texas. Credit and clock hours are available.
Applications are due May 11. For more information, go to
Want to help shape NASA's curriculum? K-12 classroom teachers, informal educators and others are needed to participate in the spring Education Product Review. Reviewers will be expected to participate in a half-hour instructional teleconference during mid-June; review approximately 10 Earth science education products such as CD-ROMs and lithographs; participate in a two-hour August teleconference with other reviewers who are assessing the same materials.
Non-government reviewers will receive a modest honorarium for their participation and may keep copies of the materials they review. If you are interested in participating, contact Theresa Schwerin at
Please provide the following information: name, organization, education experience (including participation in NASA education programs), science expertise, and email address."HOW HIGH IS IT?" GUIDE AND GAME CARDS (5-8)
The NASA Educator Guide "How High Is It?" is now available online. The activities can be used to help students in grades 5-8 better visualize where satellites, spacecraft, aircraft and other NASA vehicles orbit or operate with respect to the layers of the atmosphere. A set of Satellite Swap game cards are available at the same location. For activities and game cards, go to
The Space Foundation Space in Colorado is offering summer graduate courses in earth science, basic rocketry and life in space, astronomy for the classroom, and advanced space technology. The program's goal is to help teachers prepare their students to succeed in the 21st century global workplace by encouraging them be technology literate.
Space Discovery courses are a hands-on, high-energy way to earn optional graduate credit while exploring practical methods to integrate space-based teaching into math, science, language arts, social studies and other core curricula. Courses are presented throughout the summer in Colorado Springs. For more information, 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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