October 3, 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
-- NEW VENTURES IN ASTRO ADVNTURES (2-10)
-- GENETICS AND ENVIRONMENT CLASSES (7-12)
-- MOF EDUCATORS' OPEN HOUSE (K-12)
-- TEACHER IN SPACE SLEEPOVER PROGRAM (4-12)
-- SPACE EXPLORERS OFFER NEW PROGRAMS
-- NAVIGATE THE NASA SITE --
A free Saturday workshop at the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center offers teachers a sneak preview of the revised version of the popular activities book, Astro Adventures.
Dennis Schatz and Paul Allen of the Pacific Science Center will introduce the latest edition of this book of astronomy activities for children and teens. PSC educators have been working with five Washington school districts to produce a "right-on" resource that covers the state's Level 1 and 2 Astronomy EALRs.
All presentations are tied to the state Essential Academic Learning Requirements and/or the National Science/Math Standards. Workshops are held from 1-4 p.m. in Johnson Hall 401 on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Three clock hours are available for $10. To register, call 206-543-1943, or e-mail
Two great professional development opportunities are available to middle and high school educators interested in teaching genetics or the environment. Both one-day workshops are being offered 9 a.m.- 3:30 p.m. Oct. 12 and 13 in Seattle.
Human Genetic Variation, aimed at grades 9-12, will take place at Ballard High School,1418 NW 65th. The workshop presenter will be Dr. Bruce Fuchs, director of the NIH office of science education. Chemicals, the Environment and You: Explorations in Science and Human Health, aimed at grades 7-8, will take place atNew Option Middle School, 1810 NW 65th St. Teachers can choose to attend either day and clock hours are available.
The workshops and free inquiry-based curriculum are presented by the Middle School Science Systemic Change Partnership, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and Biological Sciences Curriculum Study (BSCS). To sign up, contact Greg Nichols at 206-985-2261, or
For more information on the Human Genetic Variation workshop, visit
For information on Chemicals, the Environment and You, go to
On Oct. 6, educators and their families can enjoy the Museum of Flight free of charge. Have breakfast with Sergei Krushchev and learn about the beginning of the Space Age and Sputnik. Explore exhibits and educational programs, then join staff for lunch and hear about MOF's new distance learning programs!
The open house will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Breakfast is at 9 a.m. and lunch is at noon. Both require reservations. For more information, call 206-768-7152. For breakfast reservations, contact Meredith Wilson at
For lunch reservations, contact Kathy Wilcox at
The Museum of Flight is offering an overnight workshop for teachers on Oct. 27 . Learn about the moon through hands-on activities, experiment in a mock-up of the habitation and laboratory module on the International Space Station, launch a probe to a comet in a Challenger Learning Center mission and more. The sleepover features EALR-aligned classroom activities and information on the latest space discoveries.
The sleepover will begin at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, and end at 9 a.m. Sunday, Oct 28. A Challenger Learning Center teacher preparation session will be held immediately prior. Ten Washington State clock-hours are available. For more information contact Gary Johnson, Challenger Learning Center manager, at 206-768-7128 or at
Space Explorers, Inc. is offering two new programs beginning this month. The first is the Orbital Laboratory that allows classes to participate in a real NASA plant growth experiment on the International Space Station. The other is Mission: Solar System, which combines Space Explorers' Moonlink, NEARlink, and Marslink programs into an all inclusive Solar System program with curricula, activities, and a simulated NASA mission
Space Explorers, Inc. is a privately held company. Space Explorers have some grants available. For more information, visit
Need a NASA lesson plan for Mars? Want to sign up for special NASA broadcast? The Internet can be a confusing place. Here is quick solution to the most commonly asked questions about the NASA Web site:
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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