Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

June 6, 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

-- INVESTIGATING THE SOLAR SYSTEM (5-8)
-- WORKSHOP FOCUSES ON STANDARDS (K-12)
-- CLOSEST VIEW OF MARS DUE
-- EARTH & MARS POSTERS ONLINE
-- DISCOVERY BEGINS WITH EXPEDITIONS (7-12)
-- E-LETTER BEGINS SUMMER SCHEDULE

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INVESTIGATING THE SOLAR SYSTEM (5-8)

Searching for another educational astronomy product? "Astronomy Village: Investigating the Solar System" is a CD-ROM developed by the Center for Educational Technologies, home of NASA's Classroom of the Future.

The product focuses on two core research areas, The Search for Life and The Mission to Pluto. Targeted for use by students in grades 5-8, the CD-ROM can be adapted to other grade levels. For more information, visit

http://www.cet.edu/av2/

WORKSHOP FOCUSES ON STANDARDS (K-12)

Project 2061 -- the long-term K-12 education reform initiative of the American Association for the Advancement of Science -- will hold a three-day workshop in Seattle designed to help school leadership teams bring standards-based science and mathematics programs into the classroom.

"Focus on Standards for Science and Mathematics" takes place July 17-19 at the University of Washington Waterfront Center. The program brings together the best research on and the most effective practices for standards-based teaching and learning. For registration and information, go to

http://www.project2061.org/workshops/default.htm

CLOSEST VIEW OF MARS DUE

Earth is heading for its closest encounter with the Red Planet in a dozen years. On June 21, Mars will lie just 68 million km from Earth.

"The next few months will be a great time to look at Mars," says astronomy professor George Lebo, a NASA Summer Faculty Fellow at the Marshall Space Flight Center. "You won't need a telescope to see it. By early June Mars will outshine everything except Venus, the Moon, and the Sun itself ."

To learn more, go to Science@NASA at

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2001/ast15may_1.htm?list58966

EARTH & MARS POSTERS ONLINE

The NASA educational poster "Earth & Mars: As Different As They Are Alike" is available on NASA Spacelink. The poster includes summaries of classroom activities that present basic concepts about Earth and Mars as well as their place in the Solar System.

The poster and a link to the site with the full set of lesson plans are available on Spacelink:

http://spacelink.nasa.gov/products/Earth.and.Mars/

DISCOVERY BEGINS WITH EXPEDITIONS (7-12)

The Young Naturalist Awards is a national science essay contest. Each year students write about an expedition they took, either on a class field trip, in a summer program, in their own backyards, or through the lens of a telescope. Essays must relate to the natural sciences of biology, earth science, or astronomy. Each essay must include observations, data, and artwork. Judges will look for sound science and a personal voice.

The 12 winners, two from each grade level, receive cash awards ranging from $500-$2,500. The winners also receive a trip to New York City to attend an awards ceremony at the American Museum of Natural History and receive behind-the-scenes tours with scientists. The winners' teachers will receive a collection of books for their school. The museum also recognizes 36 finalists and 300 semi-finalists.

The 2002 entry form will be available in September at

http://www.amnh.org/youngnaturalistawards/

E-LETTER BEGINS SUMMER SCHEDULE

The Washington NASA Space Grant Newsletter for Teachers will appear only once a month in June and July. We will return to our regular publication schedule on August 8. The Washington NASA Space Grant Newsletter for Teachers appears on the first and third Wednesday of the month throughout the school year.

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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