September 18, 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
-- MINI-GRANT APPLICATIONS AVAILABLE ONLINE (K-12)
-- REGISTER FOR NASA ROBOTICS SERIES (11-12)
-- WEEKLY MATH PROBLEMS POSTED (3-12)
-- ESSAY CONTEST ON AGRICULTURE AND SCIENCE (6-8)
-- COMBINE SCIENCE AND READING TO EXPLAIN ROTORCRAFT (K-4)
-- LEARN HOW TO ACCESS NASA MATERIALS (K-12)
Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium offers mini-grants to K-12 teachers to enrich the study of science and mathematics in the classroom. The grantsup to $400 eachmust be matched by nonfederal funds. Public, private, and certified home-school teachers are welcome to apply.
Applications are limited to one per teacher. There is no limit to the number of mini-grants a school may submit. Due to the number of teachers who apply, the grant process is competitive. Preference is given to schools with a high percentage of economically disadvantaged students and/or under-represented minorities.
Applications must be submitted by Nov. 22, 2002. For an application, go to
How often can you rub virtual shoulders with NASA top robotics experts? High school juniors and seniors may sign up now for a series of interactive robotics webcasts and even earn college credit.
Students will learn about a humanoid robot called Robonaut, discuss how a free-flying AERCam (Autonomous Extravehicular Activity Robotic Camera) can perform routine tasks on the International Space Station, explore the results of a Sojourner Rover experiment on the Mars Pathfinder Mission, and much, MUCH more! For more information, go to
The Math Forum's Problems of the Week (PoWs) are designed to provide creative, non-routine challenges for students in grades three through twelve. Problem-solving and mathematical communication are key elements of every problem. Topics include math fundamentals, geometry, algebra, pre-algebra and pre-calculus. Visit The Math Forum at
"Boundless Science for Bountiful Agriculture," a national essay contest for students in grades 6-8, focuses on a variety of agricultural science topics include producing food in space and using lasers, robots, and computers in agriculture. Essays should be no more than 500 words and must be submitted online by November 1.
The national grand prize winner will receive a $3000 savings bond plus an all-expense paid trip to Washington, DC for the student, the student's parents, and teacher. Congressional district winners will receive a medal and be invited to visit their state's land grant university to meet with a researcher working in the same field as their essay topic. The contest is sponsored by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST), a nonprofit organization comprised of scientific societies and other members.
For contest information including rules and submission information, go to
http://www.cast-science.org/contest/index.htmlCOMBINE SCIENCE AND READING TO EXPLAIN ROTORCRAFT (K-4)
"Robin Whirlybird on her Rotorcraft Adventures" engages young students in science while strengthening their language and vocabulary skills. This online, interactive multimedia storybook explains aeronautics and rotorcraft research to young children.
Students can listen to the story, build rotorcraft, watch animations, listen to rotorcraft sounds, answer comprehension questions, learn about rotorcraft history and engage in investigations such as testing different landing approaches. The site addresses science, technology and language arts education standards.
Visit Robin Whirlybird at
The 2002 version of the NASA brochure "How to Access Information on NASA's Education Program, Materials, and Services" is available on NASA Spacelink.
The brochure contains contact information for precollege and university affairs officers at NASA field centers, the NASA Educator Resource Center network, the NASA Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, and the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research (EPSCoR). It also includes information about NASA's Strategic Enterprises, the Minority University Research and Education Division (MURED), and more. To download the brochure, 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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