December 19, 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
-- VISIT THE COMPUTER HISTORY MUSEUM
-- APPLY FOR COMPUTER GRANTS (K-12)
-- MARK THE CENTENNIAL OF FLIGHT (K-12)
-- FREE MATH AND SCIENCE SKILLS SITE AVAILABLE (K-12)
-- TOOLS FOR SPACEWALKING LITHOGRAPH
The online archives of the Computer History Museum, home to one of the world's largest collections of computing artifacts, includes a timeline of computer developments and pioneers beginning in 1945. To explore the history of computers, go to
Grants of computer equipment and software are available to schools and youth organizations that provide educational programs in low-income communities. The Oracle Help Us Help Foundation donates new Internet appliances and laser printers as well as all the ancillary equipment necessary to connect the devices.
Public schools are eligible if 50 percent or more of the student body qualify for the subsidized lunch program or can otherwise be documented as low-income, and/or the school's most recent test scores indicate that students are struggling to meet achievement standards. Deadlines for applications are Feb. 28 and May 21. For more information, visit
The U.S. Centennial of Flight Commission (COFC) is promoting the upcoming 100th anniversary of the first powered flight. Designed to mark the anniversary in 2003, the Web site includes links to posters, bookmarks and curriculum materials. For more information, go to
Other centennial resources include the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum. Among the free publications offered through their site's educational services is a teachers guide to African American aviation pioneers. Visit
Get Smarter, a new free science and math Web site, offers K-12 students a chance to test their skills against their international peers -- and have fun in the process. The Council on Competitiveness, a nonprofit, nonpartisan association, sponsors the site. To visit Get Smarter, go to
www.getsmarter.orgTOOLS FOR SPACEWALKING LITHOGRAPH
The educational lithograph "Tools for Spacewalking" is now available. The pictures on the front show astronauts involved in spacewalking activities on the International Space Station. On the back are descriptions of tools and devices such as the Simplified Aid for Extravehicular Activity Rescue (SAFER), the Space Shuttle Remote Manipulator System (RMS) Robot Arm, the Mobile Servicing System (MSS), and tethers.
To download the lithograph, 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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