January 16, 2002
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
-- BIOMED RESEARCH ACADEMY OFFERED (5-9)
-- TOOLKIT FOR SCIENCE EDUCATION REFORM (K-12)
-- PHYSICS SUMMER INSTITUTE FOR TEACHERS (9-12)
-- SPACE ON THE BOOKSHELF
-- MAGIC APPLE TEACHER GRANTS AVAILABLE (K-12)
This summer, the National Space Biomedical Research Institute (NSBRI) Teacher Academy Project will be training experienced science teachers to assist their local middle school peers in implementing cutting-edge space science concepts related to NASA's Mars mission.
The Mars mission is expected to be the scientific and technological event of the 21st Century. Academy participants for 2002 will participate in a summer institute, June 22-July 3, at Texas A&M University and at Johnson Space Center; work closely with NSBRI research scientists; and attend two national meetings -- the National Science Teachers Association Convention in Philadelphia and one other.
For project brochures and application forms, go to
TIPs is a compendium of information and materials to help support the work of teachers and district administrators engaged in the complex process of K-12 science education reform.
These materials, including downloadable tools and additional resources, can be used in conjunction with your own materials. Topics include planning and goal setting, leadership, curriculum, professional development, community and partnerships, financial considerations, testing and assessment, and assessing program status. To get a toolkit, visit
A NSF-sponsored summer institute is being offered at the University of Oregon for high school teachers of physics and/or physical science and school administrators (Teams are especially welcome).
The institute promotes activity-based science teaching using a powerful set of curricular materials. These materials have been designed for flexible use and can be combined and modified by teachers to meet the needs of students going directly into the workforce, students going on to technical programs, and students preparing for college.
Participants will receive a $1,000 stipend, free room and board, up to $150 travel, and graduate credit. The application deadline is Feb. 15. For more information, visit
http://physics.dickinson.edu/ABPInstitutesSPACE ON THE BOOKSHELF
NASA and the American Library Association (ALA) in Chicago have launched a three-year program aimed at educating and exposing both children and adults to the wonders of space travel and the benefits of space research. For more information, go to
Washington teachers who promote knowledge and stewardship of clean water can compete for $750 Magic Apple grants from the Department of Ecology. Magic Apple grants recognize past achievements while supporting new or continuing activities. The application deadline is March 1. For details, 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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