April 17, 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
-- BECOME A SPACE PLACE PARTNER
-- STUDENT STARGAZERS WANTED (9-12)
-- AMELIA THE PIGEON TESTS HER WINGS (K-4)
-- PLANETARY VOLCANISM WORKSHOP OFFERED (6-12)
-- HOW VOLCANOES WORK (6-12)
-- WHY NOT VISIT THE WHY? FILES (3-5)
-- GRANTS FOR SPACE EXPLORERS' PROGRAMS (K-12)
NASA wishes to share the space program with children and adults everywhere, even in the smallest communities. Therefore, Space Place has been forming partnerships with community museums, school and public libraries, planetariums, even zoos and aquariums.
Each partner has a special display board or wall, with the beautiful Space Place borders, and a varying collection of the latest NASA posters, stickers, and lithographs, supplemented with local astronomy or space science news, children's art or writing, or space-related models or crafts. Space Place also provides the activity guides, patterns, and supplementary materials for quarterly "Club Space Place" activities.
To become a partner, or obtain more information, contact Nancy Leon at (818) 354-1067 or e-mail
Northern Arizona University and Arizona Space Grant are sponsoring a free one-week astronomy program for Native American high school students. Stargazer 2002 will be held on campus in Flagstaff June 10-14. Participants will join with two Native American astronomy teachers, other Ph.D. astronomers, scientists from NASA, and astronaut Nancy Currie--who just returned from the Space Shuttle mission that serviced the Hubble Space Telescope.
Students will live on campus. NASA at NAU will provide the tuition, room, board, field trips and materials. There are also limited travel funds available. Admission to this unique program is competitive and limited to high school students interested in astronomy.
Students must include a letter of recommendation from your science teacher or counselor. For more information, go to
The NASA-sponsored Amelia the Pigeon pilot project is seeking K-4 urban teachers interested in piloting an innovative program on land remote sensing for elementary school students. Students will experience Amelia's online adventure and follow the classroom lessons. Estimated time for completion of activities in any one particular grade/class is 1 class period a day for 2 weeks.
To participate, teachers must complete the two weeks anytime within May-June 2002 and be willing to submit journal entries via an online system each day during the two weeks. The journal entries will include answering some questions about the lesson and observations about student activity each day. Continuing education credits can be arranged as compensation. For more information contact Ginger Butcher at
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
Sponsored by NASA under the auspices of Project ALERT (Augmented Learning Environment and Renewable Teaching), How Volcanoes Work is intended for teachers of middle school and up, and for university students of geology and volcanology.
The site includes massive sections on eruption dynamics, volcano landforms, eruption products, eruption types, historical eruptions, planetary volcanism, volcano crossword, and volcano links. Images, animations, and end of section quizzes are also available for assessment purposes. Visit How Volcanoes Work at
Designed to introduce elementary students to math and science, the NASA Why? Files site includes instructional modules developed as an integral part of a video series based on NASA and aeronautics-related information.
Guided lessons as well as discovery-based, open-ended problems are presented at the Web site. Interactivity and collaboration is achieved using streaming audio, asynchronous communication and "chat." For more information, go to
The SEI Educational Fund financially aids schools interested in purchasing the Mission: Solar System program, or the new, school-wide, Space Explorers' Portal.
Two hundred grants are available nationwide, on a first come, first serve basis. The grants cover $250 of the $500 program cost for the Mission Solar System Program, or $250 of the $600 cost for the school-wide Portal program. The remaining balance must be covered by the school, the school district, additional grants, or by some other means.
The Mission: Solar System program and the Space Explorers' Portal have been chosen to be sponsored because of their innovative programming, impressive classroom activities and curricula, interactive NASA simulations, web chats and online events, and use of real NASA data. For more information, 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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