February 13, 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
-- INFORMATION ON THE COLUMBIA TRAGEDY (K-12)
-- ERC OPEN HOUSES SET FOR MARCH 1 &8 (K-12)
-- TEACHING GENETICS WORKSHOP PLANNED (9-12)
-- TWO NEW MATH & SCIENCE LESSIONS (K-8)
We are saddened by the loss of UW alumnus Michael Anderson and his fellow Columbia crewmembers. Their endeavors in space took courageous hearts and the world needs heroes, both in the sky and on the ground.
Teachers and students who want to know more about the loss of space shuttle and its seven astronauts, please refer to the NASA home page at
A special message for students has been posted at the Educator Astronaut Web site:
NASA also has a book online where individuals can express their condolences to the families of the STS-107 crew:
In March, educators will have two chances to visit the NASA Educator Resource Center. Open houses are planned March 1 and March 8 from 1-4 p.m. The open house theme is Planets, Stars and Galaxies.
ERC Director Julie Lutz will be present classroom activities on these topics. Attendees will have an opportunity to browse through the ERC collection of NASA education materials. The NASA ERC is located in Room 401 Johnson Hall on the University of Washington campus.
To sign-up to attend, please call (206) 543-1943 or e-mail
The University of Washington GENETICS Project Summer Workshop 2003, now in its fourth year, will be held Aug. 4 - 8. The workshop targets teachers of ninth and 10th grade biology, although it is also open to teachers of advanced biology.
Participants explore the use of inquiry-centered strategies to teach fundamental genetics concepts in the areas of inheritance, cell division, DNA replication, transcription, protein translation, and evolution. Teachers gain experience using biotechnology procedures in the classroom, as well as inexpensive ways of modeling techniques when equipment is not available.
The workshop is free and includes a $300 stipend to help defray travel, lodging, and parking costs. Clock hours or 3 UW credits are available. Some homework will be required. A "genetics kit" containing resources and materials for classroom use will be provided.
Applications are due April 23. For more information, contact Megan Brown or Maureen Munn at (206) 616-4538 or visit
National Center for Education Statistics' Student's Classroom has two new math and science resources are available to teachers "Create a Graph" helps students create their own graphs and charts. This online tool can be used to make four kinds of charts and graphs: bar graphs, line graphs, area graphs, and pie charts. For more information, visit
"Explore Your Knowledge" challenges students to try their hand at fourth and eighth grade questions in math and science. The questions are taken from the Third International Mathematics & Science Study. To explore the site, 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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