August 21, 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
-- FREE AUTUMN WORKSHOP SCHEDULE SET (K-12)
-- NSIP COMPETITION POSTER AVAILABLE
-- JASON POSTER/GAME AVAILABLE (3-8)
-- AERONAUTICS INTERNET TEXTBOOK AVAILABLE (K-8)
-- TEACHERS PARTNERED WITH RESEARCHERS (9-12)
-- SEE THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE NEWS (5-12)
On Sept. 14, Space Grant and the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center will launch their series of free Saturday workshops with "Kick Off the Centennial of Flight," a program aimed at grades 5-12.
Science educator and writer Ed Sobey will present information and activities to make the centennial an especially meaningful event for students. Workshop participants will make kites, boomerangs and dinner-plate planes. They will also get a poster and other materials on flight.
Other upcoming Saturday sessions include the Oct. 19 workshop, "3, 2, 1.....Liftoff," an exploration of space science content and pre-K-2 activities based on the themes of rockets, Space Shuttle and the International Space Station, and the Dec. 7 workshop, "Are We There Yet? Human Space Flight to Mars," for teachers of grades 4-9.
All presentations are tied to the state Essential Academic Learning Requirements and/or the National Science/Math Standards. Workshops are held on the University of Washington campus in Seattle. Clock hours are available for $15 (cash or check) For more information and registration, visit
The 2002-03 poster for the NASA Student Involvement Program (NSIP) is available on NASA Spacelink.
NSIP is a national program of investigations and design challenges for students in grades K-12. Students may choose from six different competition areas and participate as individuals, teams, or whole classes. The NSIP poster is located at the following Internet address:
Voyage on the High Seas, the new Jason-1 Poster/Board game is now available from Ocean Topography from Space, the NASA mission that uses a satellite altimeter to measure the height of the world's oceans.
Designed for children ages 9-13, the game is also an eye-catching poster showing continents, oceans and all of the major ocean currents. On the reverse, there are black and white educational activities designed to be reproduced directly from the poster for use in the classroom. To download Voyage on the High Seas, go to
The Jason staff would appreciate your feedback as well. Please send your comments (with subject line, "Feedback on Voyage on the High Seas") to
The K-8 Aeronautics Internet Textbook is an electronic multimedia text, teachers' supplement and student workbook.
This "electronic textbook" presents a comprehensive, cohesive study of the science of aeronautics at a level elementary and middle school students and their instructors can easily understand and enjoy. Internet communication media include written text, sign language for the deaf, still pictures, and short video clips.
Partners in Science, a program of the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust, offers funding for high school science teachers to partner with university researchers. The two-year program provides high school science teachers with opportunity to work with cutting edge science and provides research assistance to labs.
College or university/research institution mentors may identify qualified science teachers through direct contacts or through the program office of the Murdock Trust. Qualified high school teachers can also seek partnerships by contacting a mentor directly or through the Trust office. Teachers receive a $5,000 annual stipend for teacher, plus discretionary, enrichment and travel funds. The application deadline is December 1.
For more information, please visit the Formal Programs section of the Trust's site
The Why Files, published online by University of Wisconsin-Madison, consists of alternating weekly science features that key off developments that make headlines. This week's topics included the West Nile virus, invasive species and growing water shortages around the world.
Features are archived by grade level and are regularly updated to keep pace with new developments in science. The site also offers a Cool Science Image feature and gallery with pictures obtained from the front lines of science, images infrequently or rarely seen in traditional popular media such as newspapers and television.
The Why Files are available at
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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