January 23, 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
-- WANT TO BE AN ASTRONAUT? (K-12)
-- BECOME A MESSENGER FELLOW (K-12)
-- EXPLORE THE WORLD'S OCEANS ONLINE
-- JOURNEY THROUGH THE UNIVERSE
-- GOOD INFO ON BAD ASTRONOMY
NASA is recruiting K-12 educators to join NASA's Astronaut Corps and become the first class of educator astronauts. These pioneers will help NASA to explore the bold frontiers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in ways never done before. The men and women selected for these unique positions will be a key element of NASA's direct connection to classrooms by sharing with their fellow educators and students the talents and disciplines necessary to make history, break barriers, and explore frontiers.
The application deadline is April 30, 2003. Those selected will begin training at the Johnson Space Center in Houston to join the astronaut corps. After graduation, new educator astronauts will be eligible for a Space Shuttle flight assignment as fully trained mission specialists.
Students, educators, parents, and anyone interested in participating in the program are also invited to join the "Earth Crew," an interactive initiative linking audiences with education activities and programs, astronaut profiles, and more. For information and an application, visit
Organizers for the MESSENGER mission to Mercury are planning to train 30 master K-12 science teachers as fellows who will conduct workshops on the project during the mission.
Fellows will be sent to an all-expenses-paid, five-day intensive workshop at the Challenger Center in Virginia and provided with necessary materials to conduct teacher training sessions. Fellows commit to conducting educator training workshops for a minimum of 120 teachers annually. For more information on the mission, see
To receive an application or ask questions contact Elizabeth Taylor at the Challenger Center, 1-800-969-5747, or by e-mail at
The National Geographic Society and NOAA's Office of Ocean Exploration are launching a series of virtual teacher workshops on ocean topics.
Teachers will gain research findings, lesson plans, news stories, magazine articles, video clips and Internet links to ensure that their students become ocean literate. The series will introduce a wide array of topics that are linked to the Society's Ocean Atlas Teacher's Guide and the new "Oceans Scope and Sequence" for K-12 Teachers.
Registration for the series begins March 3. For more information, go to
http://coexploration.org/ceo/JOURNEY THROUGH THE UNIVERSE
How would you like to take your community on a journey from spaceship Earth to places unknown? Each year, Challenger Center's Journey Through the Universe program launches thousands of everyday people -- teachers and students, moms, dads, and caregivers -- on a fantastic journey through our universe.
The program offers educator workshops for more than 100 K-12 teachers, powerful K-12 educational materials mated to the national science standards, a national team of researchers visiting thousands of students in classrooms, and family science events. The goal is to celebrate the joy of learning, and bring science and exploration alive for an entire community.
The deadline for applications is March 3. For details, call 703-683-9740 or click on Find Out More at http://challenger.org/journeyGOOD INFO ON BAD ASTRONOMY
Bad Astronomy from Philip Plait, Sonoma State University astronomer and lecturer, aims to debunk myths and misconceptions in astronomy and related topics. Find reviews of popular movies, TV, news, and news briefs. Check out rumors of flying saucers in SOHO images. Find out whether an egg stands on end during the vernal equinox. For more information, 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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