December 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
-- ASTRO CLAUS' MATH CONTEST (1-5)
-- SUN-EARTH EVENTS COMING UP (K-12)
-- AN ASTRONAUT'S VIEW OF HOME
-- BRAIN POP MOVIES AND MORE (5-8)
-- HOLIDAY GIFT IDEAS
-- LAUNCH A CAREER IN ENGINEERING
What's holiday math without a visit with Astro Claus and Dr. Joy? Join these space travel experts as they unravel mathematical ideas and concepts pertaining to space flight, whether in a shuttle or in a sleigh. Online holiday-related math questions covering topics such as measurement, numbers and operations have been posted at the Merry Math site. Students can submit answers to math problems and send a 'stumper' problem of their own to the site.
In a Dec. 14 Web cast, Astro Claus -- an 'intergalactic character' -- will appear on camera dressed in red. Joy Colucci of Ames Research Center, who plays Dr. Joy, will walk through the solutions to selected problems and present the best answers submitted by the children. There is also an additional contest in which students describe a newly engineered sleigh for Astro Claus. Astro elves will select a winner of the written Astro sleigh design contest during the program.
For details, go to
It's not to early to start planning for Sun-Earth Day, a national celebration of the Sun, the space around the Earth (geospace), and how all of it affects life on our planet.
On March 20, 2002 classrooms, museums and NASA centers plan to have a sensational time sharing stories, images, and activities related to the Sun-Earth connections and the views of the Sun from Earth. Find out how to participate in Web chats or tune in to space weather documentaries by visiting
Earth from Space, the NASA Space Shuttle Earth Observations Photography database, contains more than 400,000 images acquired by NASA Astronauts. The database was compiled to illustrate interesting Earth features and processes, including cities, mountains and other unique features.
Each image is available in three resolutions and includes cataloging data and a caption. Visit Earth from Space at
Designed for grades 5-8, but adaptable to an older audience, Brain POP is a commercial venture that features science and science movies on topics including drought, exotic species, biology and technology. Materials correspond to the National Science Education Standards.
Each subject contains a 3-4 minute animated movie, an interactive quiz, an experiment, a comic strip, a hands-on application, a timeline and a printable activity page. Users may watch three movies free daily. This site provides an interesting, visually appealing overview on a growing list of over 50 science topics ranging from air pollution to wind. Visit
Looking for a great gift for $5 or under? How about an inflatable Mars, or Bendo pilot Roger Wilco, or official NASA flight patches? NASA Central Operation of Resources for Educators (CORE) offers a range of NASA memorabilia, perfect for stocking stuffers. Go to the CORE site and search under NASA Memorabilia/Miscellaneous:
"Launch a Career in Engineering" is a cut-and-fold bookmark with information about careers in engineering. Designed as a tool to encourage students to explore career possibilities, this resource lists helpful Web sites and NASA-related engineering information. The bookmark is available at
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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