December 19, 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
-- ERC OPEN OVER WINTER BREAK (K-12)
-- TWO EARTH SCIENCE COURSES OFFERED (6-8)
-- FREE ROBOTICS TRAINING OFFERED (6-8)
-- FIRST CENTURY OF FLIGHT POSTER ONLINE
-- NASA'S EDUCATOR ASTRONAUT ASSIGNED FIRST FLIGHT
-- CORE EDUCATIONAL MODULES AVAILABLE
The NASA Regional Educator Resource Center at the University of Washington welcomes browsers over the winter break. The center is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays (the office will close at noon on Dec. 24 and Dec. 31).
The ERC offers a wide selection of NASA-developed materials on space flight, astronomy, aeronautics and earth science resources. Materials include curricula, videos, slides, CDs, visual aids and books.
The NASA ERC is located in the Space Grant office, 401A Johnson Hall, on the UW's Seattle campus. If you contact the office in advance, vouchers for free campus parking will be provided. To arrange an appointment, call (206) 543-1943, or e-mail
UW Earth and Space Sciences is offering two classes geared to middle school teachers. The classes, scheduled for winter quarter, are: Finding Evidence for Plate Tectonics (ESS 406) and Finding Fossil Evidence for Evolution (ESS 406). Both courses target the Earth science topics in EALR benchmarks 2 and 3.
In Finding Evidence, the curriculum focus is STC/MS Catastrophic Events concepts. The course is offered 4:15-7:15 p.m., Tuesdays, Jan. 14- March 18. In Finding Fossil Evidence, the curriculum focus is FOSS Earth History and SEPUP S.A.L.I. Evolution. It meets 4:15-7:15 p.m, Thursdays, Jan. 9-March 20. UW course fee for each class is $163.
To register, send your name, district and detailed contact information to Dr. Liz Nesbitt at
The University of Washington at Bothell has received a small grant from the Verizon Foundation to do middle school teacher and student education in the Robolab.
First teachers and then students will figure out how to design and program a little LEGO robot to solve some quite fun and curious problems. The challenges vary from designing a "DiscoBot" that dances to music, to creating a moving, lifting, ball-tossing machine that scores perfect points every time.
Six teachers will be selected and will earn six credits free. Participants will attend a series of five Saturday morning classes during Winter Quarter. Between sessions teachers will take the robots back to school for design refinement. On the last day we celebrate by seeing what the programmed robots can do. In Spring Quarter, the organizers will write for grant funding to provide each teacher and school their own set of robots and computers.
For more information or to sign-up, contact Andrea Anderson at 425-352-3251 or e-mail
"The First Century of Flight: NACA/NASA Contributions to Aeronautics" is available on NASA Spacelink. This poster highlights the contributions made since 1915 to aeronautics by the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), now the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), and includes a timeline highlighting significant aeronautical events. The back contains classroom activities, possibilities for the future of flight, and educational resources.
Download "The First Century of Flight" at the following Internet location:
Barbara Morgan, NASA's first educator-astronaut, has been assigned as a crewmember on a November 2003 Space Shuttle mission to the International Space Station. Morgan's assigned mission, STS-118, has as its primary objectives to install additional truss segments that will increase power and communications to the International Space Station, and to deliver additional supplies for the Station's crew. She will participate in a number of educational events from space.
A native of McCall, Idaho, Morgan was selected in 1985 as the backup candidate for the Teacher in Space program. Following the Challenger accident, she returned to teaching at McCall- Donnelly Elementary School in Idaho, but continued to travel the country in support of NASA's education efforts. In January 1998, she was selected by NASA to complete her astronaut training. For more than a year, Morgan has served as a spacecraft communicator, or CAPCOM, in Mission Control at NASA's Johnson Space Center in Houston, providing the voice link between the flight control team and crews orbiting in space.
For more information, visit
http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/morgan.htmCORE EDUCATIONAL MODULES AVAILABLE
A new feature called Education Modules is available from NASA's Central Operation of Resources for Educators (CORE) Web site. Education Modules are bundled by topic and may include CD-ROMs, videotapes, educator guides, posters, lithographs, books, lesson plans, bookmarks, fact sheets, slide sets, and activity kits.
Module subjects currently available include careers (in English and Spanish), Earth science, geography, history of flight, physics and space science. CORE is the official worldwide distribution center for NASA educational audiovisual products. To access the modules, click the "Select Module" bar at the bottom of
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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