June 5, 2002
WSGC Newsletter for Educators
The Washington NASA Space Grant Newsletter for Teachers appears only once a month in June and July. We will return to our regular semimonthly publication schedule on August 7.
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.
-- PARTIAL ECLIPSE AT SUNSET JUNE 10
-- NAT'L GEO FOUNDATION TO AWARD TEACHER GRANTS
-- ASTRONOMY DAY EVENTS PLANNED
-- REACH FOR THE STARS SUMMER WORKSHOPS (K-12)
-- COMPETE FOR THE 2003 GLOBE EXPEDITIONS (7-12)
-- CHEMICAL ED CONFERENCE AT WWU (K+)
-- ASTROBIOLOGY IN YELLOWSTONE (6-12)
You've probably seen so sunsets that you hardly notice any more. But, if you live in North America, pay attention June 10 for something extraordinary as twilight approaches. The setting Sun will be a crescent.
Provided we have sunny weather we should be able to see about a 40-percent eclipse of the sun here in Seattle, starting at about 5 p.m. Remember, don't look directly at the eclipse. Even when our star is partially covered, it's still bright enough to blind you. For exact times and safe methods for viewing a partial eclipse, go to
The National Geographic Society's Education Foundation will make grants of up to $5,000 each to help educators make an even greater impact through innovative geography education projects. The foundation seeks to fund projects that either promote geographic knowledge through education, or promote stewardship of natural and cultural resources.
Projects should include one or more of the following strategies: exploring uses of new technologies; expanding student experiential learning opportunities; providing professional development and mentoring; and engaging families and/or communities in education. All projects should be scheduled to begin and end during the 2002-03 school year or the summer of 2003.
The deadline to apply is June 14. For more information, see
On July 11, the International Society for Optical Engineering (SPIE) will hold their Astronomy Day at Pacific Science Center.
The free program of workshops and speakers begins at 3 p.m. Speakers include George "Pinky" Nelson, former astronaut and director of science, mathematics and technology education for Western Washington University; Terry Huntsberger of NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory; and Richard B. Hoover, leader of the astrobiology group at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center.
For more information, go to
Space Grant's free summer workshops for teachers offer hands-on activities to meet the Washington EALRs and bring topics like the stars, solar system, and aerospace science into the classroom.
Exploring Aerospace in the Classroom on July 19 will show middle and high school teachers how to connect fun activities such as a class expedition to Mars with required science concepts such as Newton's Laws.
On Aug. 17, Incorporating Astronomy Content and Activities into Reading, Writing, Art and Music will help teachers meld creativity and science. Separate sessions are offered for teachers of grades K-5 and 6-12.
Workshops take place on the University of Washington campus. Clock hours are available for all workshops. For registration and information, go to
Approximately 10 student teams will be selected to represent the United States at the June 2003 GLOBE Learning Expedition (GLE) in Sibenik, Croatia. Each team will consist of two to four students accompanied by a teacher-chaperone. US teams will be selected based on written presentations of student research projects. GLOBE will arrange for partial support of the winners' costs to attend the 2003 GLE.
The international student-teacher conference is a forum for student research teams to present the results of their research projects. It also will be an opportunity for students to experience and measure a new environment, meet other GLOBE students from around the world, and learn from each other and from GLOBE scientists. For more information, go to
The 17th Biennial Conference on Chemical Education takes place July 28-Aug. 1 at Western Washington University in Bellingham. There will be over 550 papers and 60 workshops on topics that span educational levels from K through graduate school. Early registration is open until June 15. For mor information, visit
NASA's Space Science Network Northwest (S2N2) will pay the expenses for one Washington science teacher to attend the workshop Extremities: Geology and Life in Yellowstone and Implications for Other Worlds. The workshop, sponsored by the Lunar and Planetary Institute, will take place July 26-August 2.
To apply for the award, submit an application consisting of your name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, school, grade(s) that you teach and a paragraph explaining why you would like to attend the workshop. Applications must be received by June 14. To apply, mail application materials to Dr. Julie Lutz, University of Washington, S2N2, Box 351310, Seattle, WA 98195-1310, or e-mail your application to Dr. Lutz at
More information about the workshop can be found at
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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