Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

March 20, 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

-- PLANETARY VOLCANISM WORKSHOP OFFERED (6-12)
-- WILD BLUE WONDERS (6-8)
-- EVOLUTION RESOURCE FOR EDUCATORS (3-12)
-- FIRST ROBOTICS REGIONAL, MARCH 29-30
-- WINGS AND ASTRONAUT FUN (K-12)

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PLANETARY VOLCANISM WORKSHOP OFFERED (6-12)

Washington NASA Space Grant will offer its in-depth summer workshop, Planetary Volcanism, from July 6-12.

The seven-day program combines field trips and classroom work. Participants and instructors will spend five days touring the Cascades volcanic range, then follow up with two days on the UW campus developing hands-on lessons to share their new knowledge with their students.

Workshop space is limited. Credit and clock hours are available. For more information and an application, go to

http://www.waspacegrant.org/volcano.html

WILD BLUE WONDERS (6-8)

The Museum of Flight is looking for teams of middle school students to participate in the Experimental Aircraft Association's Wild Blue Wonder program. Each team consists of five students, grades 6-8, and teacher, or chaperone.

Team leaders will receive training from Museum of Flight staff, then use EAA curriculum to prepare their student teams for a regional competition May 11 at the Museum of Flight. Winners will compete nationally. Registration deadline is April 1. The registration fee is $225 for museum members; $250 for non-members. The competition fee is $50.

For more information, contact Jennifer Hawkins at 206-764-5700, ext. 613 or

arthist2@hotmail.com

EVOLUTION RESOURCE FOR EDUCATORS (3-12)

The American Astronomical Society and the Astronomical Society of the Pacific have published a note authored by Andrew Fraknoi, George Greenstein, Bruce Partridge and John Percy titled "An Ancient Universe: How Astronomers Know the Vast Scale of Cosmic Time." The piece is intended to assist educators in answering questions about the age and evolution of the universe. This document is available at

http://www.astrosociety.org/education/publications/tnl/56/

FIRST ROBOTICS REGIONAL, MARCH 29-30

The FIRST Robotics Pacific Northwest Regional Competition will take place March 29 and 30 at the Bank of America Arena (also known as Hec Ed) on the University of Washington campus. This is a great opportunity for individuals of all ages to experience robotics in the 21st Century. All events are free of charge and open to everyone.

The competition teams professionals and high school students to solve an engineering design problem in an intense and competitive way. The PNW Regional will have a total of 34 teams, including one from Brazil, competing in a variety of highly visual robotics tournaments. Spectators will have an opportunity to talk with the teams to discover how their robots are built. Competition takes place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. For more information, download the flier at

http://www.engr.washington.edu/score/Robotics%20Flyer.pdf

WINGS AND ASTRONAUT FUN (K-12)

This week, NASAexplores features lessons on wings that bend and what astronauts do for fun in space. NASAexplores includes lesson plans for grades K-4, 5-8 and 9-12. To access the articles and lessons, please go to

http://www.nasaexplores.com

FEEDBACK

Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at isvete@u.washington.edu

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