October 3, 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
-- 'LIFTOFF' WORKSHOP TARGETS YOUNG LEARNERS (PRE-K-2)
-- UW OFFERS SEARCH FOR ET INTELLIGENCE LECTURE (6-12)
-- DESIGN A FLYING CAR FOR NASA (9-12)
-- NSIP RESOURCE GUIDES AVAILABLE (K-12)
-- EARTH & SKY YOUNG PRODUCERS CONTEST (K-12)
-- MUSEUM OF FLIGHT OPEN HOUSE (K-12)
-- EARTH SCIENCE POSTERS OFFERED (7-12)
On Oct. 19, join NASA Educator Resource Center Director Julie Lutz for a free Saturday workshop exploring space science content and activities based on the themes of rockets, Space Shuttle and the International Space Station (Rocket Math, Rocket Rhymes and Songs, Destination Station, etc.).
Each participant will receive a copy of the new educator's guide “3, 2, 1....Liftoff” with activities in science, mathematics, technology and language arts. The workshop, which takes place from 12:30-4:30 p.m., is sponsored by Space Grant and the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center.
All presentations are tied to the state Essential Academic Learning Requirements and/or the National Science/Math Standards. For more information and registration, visit
On Oct. 28, the UW'S Astrobiology Program and Project Astro/Bio will host a special one-hour program for middle and high school students featuring Dr. Seth Shostak of the world-famous SETI institute in California. The lecture begins at 4 p.m.
Dr. Shostak will discuss the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and take questions. This is an unprecedented opportunity for middle and high school students to participate in a special program led by a world expert.
Attendees need to RSVP (first-come first-served). To reserve space, please send an e-mail to Linda Khandro by Oct. 15 and include your name, email and phone number; the grade level(s) and number of students of your class(es); the number of any accompanying teachers or parents; and any specific needs for disabilities, etc. The e-mail address is
Dr. Shostak will also be giving a public lecture that evening at 7:30 p.m. in Room 120, Kane Hall, UW Campus. No reservations are needed for the public lecture.DESIGN A FLYING CAR FOR NASA (9-12)
The NASA Langley Research Center's Aerospace Vehicle Systems Technology Office invites high school classes and/or student teams to submit their ideas for a practical flying car. The competition encourages all levels of high school students to engage in the process of submitting an entry.
The competition officially opens Sept. 9 and will be completed by June 1, 2003. Letters of intent from schools wishing to compete must be filed by Jan. 30, 2003. For more information, go to
The 2002-03 resource guides for the NASA Student Involvement Program (NSIP) are available on NASA Spacelink. NSIP is a series of K-12 student competitions. Students may participate as individuals, teams, or whole classes, depending on the competition.
Competition titles are: Aerospace Technology Engineering Challenge (5-8); Design a Mission to Mars (5-12); Space Flight Opportunities (9-12); My Planet, Earth (K-4); Science and Technology Journalism (K-12); and Watching Earth Change (5-12). Entry deadlines are Jan. 15, 2003, for Space Flight Opportunities, and Jan. 31, 2003, for all other competitions. The NSIP 2002-03 guides may be accessed at
The Young Producers Contest is an annual event sponsored by the Earth & Sky radio series and the National Science Foundation. Each year, students around the world create their own science radio programs. Earth & Sky chooses the five best and airs them in the spring.
All entries must be postmarked on or before Dec. 16. For more information, including guidelines and entry form, see
The Museum of Flight will hold its annual Educators' Open House on Oct. 5. from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Experience first-hand the programs and the people that make the a leader in standards-based education. Explore the new Aviation Learning Center, featuring interactive computer workstations with hands-on activities on flight dynamics, aviation weather, navigation and GPS, and more.
Sunny Kobe Cook will kick off the day with a 9 a.m. breakfast talk on her Foundationthe Kobe Foundationwhich offers grants to expand education beyond the classroom with projects, educational programs and field trips. A special luncheon will feature the chief engineering project pilot for the Sonic Cruiser, Capt. Mike Carriker.
Museum admission is free for K-12 educators (including public, private, and pre-service teachers, youth group leaders, school librarians and district staff) and their families. Advance reservations are required for the breakfast and lunch activities. Please send your name, school/organization name, address, phone number and the number of people in your party. Also please specify whether your reservation is for breakfast, lunch or both.
To make a reservation, call 206-768-7142, or e-mail
To see a complete description of the events, go to
Explore air, ice, land and water through informative posters from the Earth Observing System (EOS) project with these informative, eye-catching posters.
Each poster takes a specific topic ranging from ice sheets to volcanoes and explains what NASA scientists are doing to understand that topic. Colorful and instructional satellite images, graphs, and pictures complement the fact-filled information making the posters ideal for the classroom.
To download copies or order single sets for educational use, 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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