May 1, 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
-- MEET NASA SPECIALISTS AT MOF MAY 2 (K-12)
-- UW CHAUTAUQUA 2002 ANNOUNCED (9-12)
-- MATH CURRICULUM WORKSHOP (K-12)
-- NEA GRANTS FOR THE CLASSROOM (K-12)
-- REPORT ON GENDER DIFFERENCES IN ACHIEVEMENT (K-12)
-- TEACHER IN SPACE GETS ASSIGNMENT
On May 2, Museum of Flight visitors will have the rare opportunity to meet several NASA experts and participate in a variety of space-related activities in conjunction with Space Day 2002. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. All Space Day programs are free with Museum admission, and admission is free courtesy of Wells Fargo from 5-9 p.m. During those hours, Space Grant staff will also have materials on display.
Headlining the daylong event will be NASA astronaut Clayton Anderson, who will deliver two multimedia presentations exploring aspects of living and working on the International Space Station-humanity's first permanent outpost in space.
Space Day will also feature Susan Anderson, program manager for the Distance Learning Outpost initiative at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston and Mars Odyssey mission manager David Spencer of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena. For more information, call 206-764-5720, ext. 615 or visit
Chautauqua 2002 offers secondary teachers short courses at the University of Washington, Seattle. Courses cover areas of the biological, physical and social sciences, along with effective teaching methodologies. Their aim is to assist current and future faculty members in colleges and secondary schools to enhance their current courses and to introduce new modules and subjects in current and new courses.
The Pacific Northwest Field Center offers a total of 10 courses. Each is three or four days long, providing 24 to 30 hours of instruction. The application fee is $50 per course ($40 if you register online). Application deadlines are one month prior to the beginning of your course, but early application is recommended as some courses fill up early. Details on course content, with abstracts and application information, is available at
http://depts.washington.edu/chautaq/MATH CURRICULUM WORKSHOP (K-12)
Implementing Your New Curriculum, an Education Development Center seminar being offered June 5-7 in Gig Harbor, explores strategies for implementing standards-based mathematics curriculum programs.
Participants learn effective models for professional development and how to build support among parents, school boards, and the community. Teams of teachers and administrators are encouraged to apply. Registration is $100 per team member. Registration deadline is May 12. Call Ki at (800) 332-2429, ext. 6, or download a registration form at
The NEA Foundation for the Improvement of Education (NFIE) now offers certain grants on an ongoing, year-round basis. Over 300 small grants of $1,000 to $3,000 are awarded each year to fund classroom innovations or professional development for improved practice in public schools and higher education institutions. For more information, go to
A Third International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) describes gender differences in mathematics and science achievement.
TIMSS results showed few gender differences in average mathematics achievement at the fourth and eighth grades. At the final year of secondary school, however, data from 18 out of 21 countries showed that males had significantly greater achievement in mathematics literacy. In science, gender differences in achievement favoring males were present in one-third of the countries even as early as the fourth grade. A complete copy of the report is available at
Barbara Morgan, an Idaho Elementary school teacher and Christa McAuliffe's backup to fly aboard the ill-fated Challenger mission in 1986, is headed to space.
Morgan will be assigned as a mission specialist on a shuttle flight to the international space station in 2004. She has been in astronaut training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston since 1998, when then NASA chief Dan Golden announced the official resumption of the Teacher in Space program.
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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