Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

May 22, 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

-- NASA ERC OPEN HOUSE AND SLIDE SHOW
-- MEASURE OF THE UNIVERSE POSTERS (6-12)
-- SCIENCE@NASA AVAILABLE EN ESPAÑOL
-- NEW SPACE AND AEROSPACE SITE (K-12)
-- ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE GUIDES ONLINE
-- CHANDRA AND THE BLACK HOLE

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NASA ERC OPEN HOUSE AND SLIDE SHOW

On May 30, visit a frozen world and learn more about the free NASA educational resources available. Dr. Julie Lutz, NASA Regional Educator Resource Center coordinator, will show slides of her recent trip to Antarctica.

The show begins at 6:30 p.m. at the ERC, Room 401, Johnson Hall, University of Washington Seattle campus. Coffee, cold drinks and cookies will be served. Families are welcome. The ERC offers books and slide sets to check out, free posters and curriculum packets and other goodies.

For more information, call 206-543-0214 or see the announcements page of our Web site

http://www.waspacegrant.org/announcement.html

MEASURE OF THE UNIVERSE POSTERS (6-12)

The NASA educational poster "Taking the Measure of the Universe" is now available on NASA Spacelink. The poster, designed for grades 6-12, has mathematical activities relating to the Space Interferometry Mission, which will measure the distances between the stars in the universe. The poster is available at

http://spacelink.nasa.gov/products/Taking.the.Measure.of.the.Universe/

SCIENCE@NASA AVAILABLE EN ESPAÑOL

NASA's much-visited Web site, Science@NASA, is now available in a Spanish language version, thanks to the efforts of the Florida Space Grant Consortium. The Spanish version was designed to serve the Hispanic population of Florida, as well as the global community. To visit the site, go to

http://ciencia.msfc.nasa.gov/

NEW SPACE AND AEROSPACE SITE (K-12)

NASAexplores, a new education initiative from Marshall Space Flight Center, provides articles and lessons plans every two weeks dealing with aerospace research and human exploration of space.

Lesson plans are broken out into grades K-4, 5-8, and 9-12. Lessons support national educational standards in math and science. Recent topics include housekeeping in space, motion sickness, and movie science versus real life. NASAexplores can be found at

http://NASAexplores.com

ENVIRONMENTAL ISSUE GUIDES ONLINE

The Environmental Literary Council Web site is intended to help students and teachers study environmental issues by introducing them to a variety of viewpoints and thoughtful analyses on environmental issues and guiding them to the best resources available on the Internet.

Issue guides are available on a variety of topics including air, climate, biodiversity, energy, forests, urban ecology and water.

http://www.enviroliteracy.org/

CHANDRA AND THE BLACK HOLE

Using four NASA space observatories, astronomers have shown that a flaring black hole source has an accretion disk that stops much farther out than some theories predict. This provides a better understanding of how energy is released when matter spirals into a black hole.

The Hubble Space Telescope and the Extreme Ultraviolet Explorer observed ultraviolet radiation from the object known as XTE J1118+480, a black hole roughly seven times the mass of the Sun, locked in a close binary orbit with a Sun-like star. Simultaneously, the Rossi X-ray Timing Explorer observed high-energy X-rays from matter plunging toward the black hole, while the Chandra X-ray Observatory focused on the critical energy band between the ultraviolet and high-energy X-rays, providing the link that tied all the data together.

For more information, go to

http://chandra.nasa.gov

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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