November 29, 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
-- SPACE PLACE EN ESPANOL (4-8)
-- ANTARCTIC METEORITES HERE AND ONLINE
-- LIVING WITH A STAR WORKSHOP(6-12)
-- DAILY EARTH SCIENCE IMAGES
-- TECHNOLOGY GRANT OPPORTUNITY (K-12)
-- 2002-2003 GATES MILLENNIUM SCHOLARS (9-12)
-- NASA TV NEEDS YOUR IDEAS
A new Spanish-language version of NASA's popular educational Web site, Space Place, is now available. Serving children ages 8 to 13, the site contains approximately 40 activities, including games and "amazing facts" about space, Earth and NASA.
Space Place launched in early 1998 and continues to add new activities every month. Its educational value has been recognized by the National Science Teachers Association, the International Technology Education Association, Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, and USA Today, among others. The Spanish edition of Space Place is available at
A small collection of Antarctic meteorites is now on display in the front lobby of the Burke Museum in Seattle. They were collected by the NASA-funded Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) from Allan Hills and Derrick Peak and other localities along the Trans Antarctic Mountains. This is the first time that ANSMET-collected meteorites have been displayed outside of the Smithsonian Institution.
Students can follow the efforts of the latest NASA-funded Antarctic Search for Meteorites (ANSMET) through journal entries, photos and more at
A second site is available through Case Western Reserve University:
Want to teach your students about the sun and its affect on the Earth? On Dec. 8, join Dr. Julie Lutz -- UW astronomy professor and NASA Regional Educator Resource Center (RERC) director -- for a free Saturday RERC workshop and enjoy a demonstration of NASA materials and activities designed to bring sunshine into your science lessons.
Participants will receive a packet of information on the sun and its influence on Earth, software, posters and a video. The workshop will take place 1-4 p.m. in Johnson Hall 401 on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. 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 Earth Science Picture of the Day (EPOD) highlights the diverse phenomena that shape our planet and our lives. EPOD collects and archives photos, imagery, graphics, and artwork with short explanatory captions and links exemplifying features within the Earth system. Visit the Earth Science Picture of the Day at
The Learning Space has applications available for their Digital Blackboard Seed Grants. The grants are available to K-12 Washington state teachers in at-risk schools and communities. The $2000 grants focus on innovative technology integration-related projects. Application deadline is Dec. 10, 2001. Eighteen grants will be awarded. Teachers in public and private schools are eligible. For more information, go to
Nominations are now being taken for the 2002-2003 Gates Millennium Scholars Program. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation established the GMSP initiative to encourage and support students to complete college and continue on to earn masters and doctoral degrees in disciplines in which their ethnic and racial groups are currently underrepresented.
To be considered as a 2002-2003 Scholar, applicants must be degree-seeking students entering a college or university as freshmen, on a full-time basis who meet the GMS selection criteria. The deadline for submission of nomination materials is February 1, 2002. For more information, visit
NASA Television (NTV) -- designed to provide real-time coverage of the agency's activities and missions as well as providing educational programming to teachers, students and the general public -- has created a survey to gain a better understanding of how NASA's education programming is viewed, used, and how it can be improved.
Survey responses will be kept confidential and will be used to help improve NASA's services to the educational community. To participate, 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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