July 2, 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
-- HUMANS AND ROBOTS WORKING TOGETHER (5-12)
-- NASA ERC CHANGES HOURS
-- A NEW UNIVERSE IN THE CLASSROOM
-- ROCKETING TO THE FUTURE
-- MUSEUM LAUNCHES OLOGY SITE
-- LOOKING FOR EXPERIMENTS?
-- CUSTOMIZE YOUR CLASSROOM PUZZLES
-- TOUR THE SOLAR SYSTEM
The NASA Educator Brief "Humans and Robots" is available on NASA Spacelink.
The brief features information about the Mobile Servicing System (MSS) on the International Space Station (ISS). The brief also contains a classroom activity for constructing and using an ISS "end effector" (a gripping device for picking up an object).
To download a copy of "Humans and Robots, go to
The NASA Regional Educator Resource Center has canceled its Saturday summer hours for the summer. The center -- located in the Washington NASA Space Grant office (401 Johnson Hall on the UW campus) -- will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Contact us a week in advance to receive a pass for free on-campus parking.
The ERC offers a wide selection of NASA-developed materials on space flight, astronomy, aeronautics and earth science resources. Materials include curricula, videos, slides, CDs, visual aids and books. For more information, call (206) 543-1943, or visit our Web site at
A new millennium. A new Universe in the Classroom. The Astronomical Society of the Pacific in partnership with Astronomy.com is offering its popular "The Universe in the Classroom" editions exclusively online.
Each month there will be new articles and activities that you can use in the classroom, as well as news and announcements about upcoming events. For more information, click on the Parents and Teachers section of the Web site:
The NASA educational lithograph "Rocketing to the Future-Upgrading the Space Shuttle" is available on NASA Spacelink.
The front of the lithograph shows the new shuttle "glass cockpit" and the back has information about upgrades to the cockpit, fuel tank, cabin, and main engines.
"Rocketing to the Future-Upgrading the Space Shuttle" can be located at the following Internet address:
OLogy, created by the American Museum of Natural History, aims to engage kids in the adventure of real science. The activities on the OLogy Web site reflect the work that scientists actually do, such as collecting, sorting and publishing.
"Our Place in Space" covers the big concepts of astronomy such as an investigation of gravity, strategies for grasping big numbers to understand the scale of galaxies and cosmic images, from black holes to stellar nurseries. Other topics include paleontology and genetics. To visit Ology, go to
Need a new experiment with your kids next school year? The Society for Amateur Scientists, a unique collaboration between world-class professionals and citizen scientists, is dedicated to empowering ordinary people to do extraordinary science.
Each month their Web site features an experiment conducted by an amateur researcher, often a high school student. SAS volunteers have included Nobel Prize winners, members of the National Academy of Sciences, university professors from around the world, and everyday people from all walks of life who want to get personally involved in real research.
For more information, go to
Puzzlemaker is a puzzle generation tool for teachers, students and parents. Create and print customized word search, crossword and math puzzles using your word lists.
Build your own maze or print our specialty hand-drawn mazes created around holidays and classroom topics.
"The Nine Planets," created by amateur astronomer Bill Arnett, is an overview of the history, mythology, and current scientific knowledge of each of the planets and moons in our solar system. Scientific American named it one its top five science sites for 2001.
The magazine wrote: "No site reviews the history, mythology and current scientific knowledge of our own solar system better. Clearly written text, large pictures and, in some cases, audio and video lead you through the tour, which all in all comes to about 100 pages. A glossary, ample related links and a section on spacecraft help fill in any blanks."
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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