January 7, 2003
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
-- LIVE FROM THE AURORA (3-12)
-- FIRST ANNUAL TEEN LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE
-- OCEAN CAREER DAY AT THE SEATTLE AQUARIUM (9-12)
-- WANT TO BOOK AN ASTRONAUT?
-- MATHEMATICS AND THE MEDIA (K-12)
-- CELEBRATE FLIGHT CONTEST (K-11)
Live from the Aurora is the theme of this year's Sun-Earth Day. In preparation for the event, Washington Space Grant and the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center will present a free workshop to explore stories told by various cultures to explain the aurora and discover the scientific explanation for this awesome phenomenon.
The workshop, scheduled for Feb. 22, will include activities on light, magnetic fields and interactions between the sun and the earth. Participants will receive a Live from the Aurora kit from the Sun-Earth Connection Space Science Forum. The workshop takes place from 12:30-4:30 p.m.
All presentations are tied to the state Essential Academic Learning Requirements and/or the National Science/Math Standards. For more information and registration, visit
The Museum of Flight will host the First Annual Teen Leadership Conference, geared for teens and youth workers/educators. The conference, which takes place Jan. 26-27, offers two intense days of complete submersion into the world of teen leadership, service learning, and volunteer programs designed with and for teens.
This year's keynote speaker is Mac Bledsoe, father of Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Mac shares his valuable insights on inspiring teens from his coaching and teaching days. Registration information will be available after Jan. 9 at
For more information, call Seth Margolis at 206-768-7126, or e-mail
What's a career in the ocean world really like? Find out Feb. 1 at Ocean Career Day hosted by the Seattle Aquarium. This free event takes place from 9 a.m.-3 .m. at the Aquarium auditorium. Reservations are required.
Biologists, researchers and educators will talk about their work and how they got to where they are. Learn about careers in local marine organizations such as the Seattle Aquarium, NOAA, the Whale Museum, US Coast Guard, the Odyssey Maritime Discovery Center, and Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium.
Find out about colleges and schools that teach marine science. Ask questions of professionals and discover local volunteer opportunities. For reservations, call 206-386-4353 by January 31. More information is available at
Would you like to bring a NASA astronaut to your community? NASA Astronauts appear before a variety of groups to inform the general public about the U.S. Space program.
Typically, presentations are made to high schools and universities, community organizations, businesses and associations, and military organizations. The Astronaut Appearances Office evaluates requests carefully to ensure that the astronauts appear at high quality events that reach large numbers of people in person and through the media.
For complete application information, go to
Mathematical concepts and themes can be found everywhere in the media. The range of ways that math is related to the media is quite broad including the shape of a camera lens, proportion and scale for movie sets, and the convincing nature of numbers used in advertising. For hands-on ways to use this information in the classroom visit
This year the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) annual art contest recognizes the 100th anniversary of the Wright Brothers achievement by focusing on flight.
The contest, which is open to students ages 5-16, asks students to share their visions of what air or space travel will look like in the next century. The deadline for submissions is March 31. For complete information on eligibility and requirements, visit
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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