May 22, 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
-- LIFETIME SPECIAL HONORS WOMAN ASTRONAUT
-- SUMMER UW POSITIONS FOR TEACHERS (K-12)
-- MICROWAVES AND MICROGRAVITY LESSONS (K-12)
-- FREE CLIMATE CHANGE AND THE NORTHWEST LECTURE
-- MUSEUM OF FLIGHT DISCOUNT OFFER (5-12)
-- NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC SOCIETY OFFERS GRANTS (K-12)
On Thursday, May 22, NASA Astronaut Barbara Morgan will appear in a Lifetime cable television special honoring women. The program, entitled "Lifetime's Achievement Awards: Women Changing the World" and hosted by Grammy Award winner Naomi Judd, will salute six women nominated by Lifetime viewers who have made a dramatic and positive impact on the world.
The show airs 10-11:30 p.m. EDT (check local cable listings). For details, see
UW'S DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking and Technology) seeks to hire several teachers, 20-40 hours per week during summer term. DO-IT is a collaboration of the College of Education, the College of Engineering, and Computing & Communications. Its activities serve to increase the successful participation of individuals with disabilities in challenging academic programs and careers.
Summer projects include writing and editing content on issues related to the inclusion of students with disabilities in their classes for an audience of post-secondary faculty and K-12 teachers. Also included are creating FAQs, case studies and other content for Web pages regarding strategies for the full inclusion of students with disabilities in science, engineering, mathematics and technology academic programs and careers. Excellent written communication and organizational skills are required. Internet skills and experience working with individuals with disabilities and/or an interest in this area is desirable.
Teachers interested applying for these positions should send email messages or letters indicating interest and their resumes to Sheryl Burgstahler, director of DO-IT, at
Microwaves are used for cooking, but NASA believes that they could also be used to improve space travel. In this week's issue of NASAExplores featured articles look at the use of microwaves and at the long-term studies of microgravity's effects on the neuromuscular system.
NASAExplores provides articles accompanied by lessons broken down into grade levels. To access NASAExplores, go to
NASA Spacelink also offers an educator guide that contains general information about microgravity, classroom activities, and student worksheets. "Earth and Space" is available at
Climate plays a critical role in the ecology and economy of the Pacific Northwest region. The severe drought in 2001 and the 1998-1999 world record of 100 feet of snowfall on Mount Baker serve as dramatic reminders of our climate's potential for surprising behavior.
On Tuesday, May 27, research scientist Nathan Mantua with the UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences will speak on "Global changes, local impacts: Consequences of natural and human-caused climate change for life in the Pacific Northwest." The free lecture will take place at 7 p.m. in 120 Kane Hall on the university's Seattle campus. For more details, go to
Thanks to US Bank, live teleconferences with NASA will be available at a reduced cost for schools in King and Pierce counties with 40 percent or more of their students participating in free and reduced lunch programs. Funding is limited; discounts will be applied to the first groups to sign up.
Three topics are available: Robotics for grades 5-12, Microgravity for grades 5-8 and Space Farming for grades 5-12. Both outreach and museum programs are available. To receive an application for financial assistance, please e-mail
For more information on Distance Learning, please contact Gus Posey at (206) 768-7117, or by e-mail at
The National Geographic Society's Education Foundation offers grants of up to $5,000 each to help teachers -- or a group of educators -- make an even greater impact in their classroom, school, district, and/or community through innovative geography education projects.
Applications are accepted from any current teacher or administrator in an accredited K-12 school within the United States. Projects that feature outreach to urban areas are particularly encouraged. The application deadline is June 12. For more information, see
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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