Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

April 4, 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

-- 2002 NASA CORE CATALOG OUT (K-12)
-- GLOBAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WEEK (K-12)
-- UNVEILING THE EARTH'S OCEANS
-- GRANULAR MATERIAL BRIEFS AVAILABLE (5-12)
-- FREE TEACHER SAILS (5-12)
-- WOODROW WILSON LEADERSHIP SUMMER WORKSHOPS (9-12)

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2002 NASA CORE CATALOG OUT (K-12) The 2002 version of the NASA Central Operation of Resources for Educators (CORE) catalog is available as a downloadable .pdf on NASA Spacelink.

CORE is NASA's worldwide distribution center for aerospace education materials. Through CORE's distribution network, the public has access to more than 200 videotape, slide, CD-ROM, and DVD programs chronicling NASA's state-of-the-art research and technology. The catalog is located at:

http://spacelink.nasa.gov/products/NASA.CORE.Catalog/

GLOBAL SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY WEEK (K-12)

Global Science and Technology Week is April 28-May 4.The Office of Science and Technology Policy of the Executive Office of the President has joined with representatives from over 27 public and private organizations to develop activities for this year's Global Science and Technology Week.

The 2002 theme is Science and Technology: Serving our Global Community. Classroom activities and resources will be posted at

http://www.ostp.gov/html/gstw/2002/gstw.html

UNVEILING THE EARTH'S OCEANS

As the science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke once pointed out, "How inappropriate to call this planet Earth, when clearly it is Ocean." Earth's oceans are unique in the solar system. Liquid water covers 70 percent of our planet's surface, yet no other world (as far as we know) has even a single drop of liquid water above ground.

NASA's soon-to-launch GRACE mission will reveal some of what lies hidden beneath the surface of Earth's oceans by measuring tiny changes in gravity. For the whole story, go to

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2002/14mar_grace_oceans.htm?list58966

GRANULAR MATERIAL BRIEFS AVAILABLE (5-12)

The Mechanics of Granular Materials educational briefs for grades 5-8 and grades 9-12 are available on NASA Spacelink. Both briefs are written with background material and activities for the classroom. They can be downloaded at

http://spacelink.nasa.gov/products/Mechanics.of.Granular.Materials/

FREE TEACHER SAILS (5-12)

Salish Sea Expeditions, a local, non-profit organization that combines classroom scientific study with boat-based field research, is offering free teacher sails April 28 and May 11.

Sea Salish enables students to learn scientific principles and practice problem-solving skills while navigating the waters of Puget Sound. This offering is free to any educator who is interested in learning more about Salish Sea Expeditions.

Space is limited. To make a reservation, please contact Lori Mitchell at (206) 780-7848 or

lori@salish.org

For more information about Salish Sea Expeditions, see the Web site at

http://www.salish.org

WOODROW WILSON LEADERSHIP SUMMER WORKSHOPS (9-12)

The Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation and the Environmental Learning Institute are offering two summer TORCH workshops in Mexico.

These professional development workshops offer secondary science teachers opportunities to research global environmental change while learning about a threatened North American ecosystem of global significance. The Sian Ka'an Biosphere Reserve on the Mayan Coast is composed of coral reefs, lagoons and tropical forests. The coasts and interior desert of northern Baja California are remarkable in their diversity and beauty.

For more information on these professional development opportunities visit

http://www.environmentallearning.org/2002_TORCH_index.htm

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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