March 6, 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
-- APPLY FOR PROJECT ASTRO (3-12)
-- ETHICS IN THE SCIENCE CLASSROOM (9-12)
-- HUTCH WORKSHOPS AVAILABLE (9-12)
-- LIVE FROM MARS 2002 AIRS (5-9)
-- SUN-EARTH DAY MARCH 20 (K-12)
-- (PSELC) GRAD PROGRAM TAKING APPLICATIONS
-- EARTH AT NIGHT
Project ASTRO/Seattle pairs teachers for grades 3-12 with amateur and professional astronomers, as well as earth scientists, to build partnerships and improve science education in schools.
Each scientist visits his/her class at least five times during the school year and develops an ongoing relationship with the students. They also assist the teachers and/or lead science activities such as question-and-answer sessions, evening star parties for students and their families, or large class projects like building a telescope or a school sundial. Project ASTRO also hosts educational events throughout the school year.
The deadline for applications is May 1, 2002. For more information, visit
Washington Association for Biomedical Research is sponsoring a summer workshop for high school teachers on the ethics of science in the classroom.
Participants will develop effective strategies for engaging students in critical scientific and ethical discussions through active participation in model classroom activities. Program leaders include Dr. Bruce Fuchs, director of the NIH Office of Science Education, and Lola Szobota, a high school teacher and ethics trainer from the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown University.
The workshop takes place July 21-26 at the Pack Forest Conference Center in Eatonville. Participating teachers will receive a $250 stipend, 40 clock hours from WSTA or graduate credits from the University of Washington (4 if awarded August 2002; 5 if awarded Spring 2003), plus lodging and meals at Pack Forest Conference Center.
The application deadline is April 5. Information and applications are available by contact Carolyn Landel at 206-956-3639 or e-mail her at
A few one-day workshops at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center are available for the months of March and April. The topic for these HutchLab workshops is "Genetically Modified Organisms".
Workshops are open to high school science teachers and a group of up to 20 students. Sessions run from 8:45 a.m.-2 p.m. with a 45-minute break for lunch with Hutch scientists. There is no charge for a workshop, but teachers must supply transportation and make arrangements for substitute teachers for the day.
For more information, contact Caren Brinkema, HutchLab program manager, at 206 -667-4639 or e-mail her at
Live From Mars 2002, an out-of-this-world interactive learning adventure, debuts March 19 at 1 p.m. Eastern on participating public television stations and educational networks. Through the Mars Student Imaging Project (MSIP), sponsored by NASA and Arizona State University, students have the opportunity to propose actual observations using NASA's Mars Odyssey spacecraft.
Students will research and suggest places to image on the Red Planet, and then-in person or via the Internet-analyze data with support and mentoring from leading Mars scientists. Some viewers will actually travel to Arizona to participate in three- or five-day missions. Others may use a suite of Internet resources for distance learning missions.
Real-time questions and comments will come in via Internet videoconferencing and be answered by NASA researchers at ASU and NASA/Caltech's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. To participate, visit
It's less than a month until Sun-Earth Day 2002 and the schedule of events for March 20 is now posted online. Sun-Earth Day is a national celebration of the Sun, the space around the Earth (geospace), and how all of it affects life on our planet. For Sun-Earth Day activities and images, go to
The 2002-3 academic year marks the first full year of the Puget Sound Environmental Learning Center (PSELC) Graduate Program. They are recruiting current and future teachers interested in environmental stewardship with an emphasis on multicultural understanding. Both residential and commuting professional practitioner programs are offered.
Program Highlights include 30 graduate credits grounded in ecologically-based experiential education, integrating science, technology and the arts. Graduate credits can be used toward master's degrees at the University of Washington and other universities. For more information, visit
The International Space Station crew has produced a panoramic view of our world at night with the concentration of lights clearly indicating the populated areas. Viewers can scroll East-West and North-South. The photo was taken from the Boeing and L-3 built International Space Station last November on a perfect night with no obscuring atmospheric conditions.
Note that Canada's population is almost exclusively along the U.S. border. Moving east to Europe, there is a high population concentration along the Mediterranean Coast. It's also easy to spot London, Paris, Stockholm and Vienna. Compare the Nile River to the rest of the African continent.
After the Nile, the lights don't come on again until Johannesburg. Look at the Australian Outback and the Trans-Siberian Rail Route. Moving east, the most striking observation is the difference between North and South Korea. Note the density of Japan.
To view this amazing photo, click here:
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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