June 17, 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
-- SHARE YOUR ENTHUSIASM FOR SPACE (K-12)
-- MAKE YOUR VOICE HEARD (7-12)
-- SHARE YOUR SCIENCE KNOWLEDGE (K-12)
-- MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR GIVE IT AWAY DAY (K-12)
-- SUMMER WORKSHOPS STILL AVAILABLE (3-12)
-- ASTRONOMY ACROSS THE CURRICULUM (K-12)
-- CONSTELLATIONS, THE SUMMER FOCUS FOR NASAEXPLORES (K-12)
-- E-LETTER GOES TO SUMMER SCHEDULE
Ten highly motivated educators will be given the opportunity to represent space satellite missions in NASA's Structure and Evolution of the Universe theme as educator ambassadors. Those chosen serve for renewable one-year terms, beginning Oct. 1 and extending through at least September 30, 2007.
Educator ambassadors share their excitement about space-based astronomy by assisting NASA team members in the development of workshops and curriculum. Those selected will participate in one-week summer training institutes at Sonoma State University. The sessions provide interaction with NASA scientists, engineers, project team members, and other educators.
Educators will receive travel and per diem funding for these training sessions, as well as yearly stipend of $2,500 and travel reimbursement of up to $1,000 for attendance at a regional or national educator conference. For more information, go to
The Center on Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research, based at the University of Washington, is looking for middle and high school teachers to participate in a focus group July 15. The new center, funded by the National Science Foundation, represents a consortium of major research universities: Arizona, California Institute of Technology, Southern California, California at Berkeley, and California at Santa Barbara.
Since a significant portion of the center's efforts and resources will be dedicated to education and outreach, center staff and faculty would like to know more about the needs of teachers and students, especially as related to the content and concepts associated with the physics and chemistry related to optics. Focus group participants will receive lunch and a $100 participation stipend. Parking costs will also be reimbursed.
For more information on the Center on Materials and Devices for Information Technology Research, go to
To participate in the focus group, please contact Jasmine Bryant at 206/616.9441 or by e-mail at
Have a great classroom program to share? The Washington Science Teachers Association will hold its annual conference in Pullman Oct. 9-11. Organizers are still looking for good short, half- and full-day workshops, especially for Friday, Oct. 10.
Proposals must be submitted by July 1 (instead of April 15, as given on the Web site). For more information, go to
In anticipation of their move this fall, Washington NASA Space Grant, the NASA Educator Resource Center and the University of Washington Earth & Space Sciences are cleaning out their closets and holding their first "Give It Away" Day.
Books, posters, rocks and other scientific goodies will given away free from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. August 8 at Johnson Hall on the UW Seattle campus. Come to the NASA ERC in Johnson 401 for a "map" of the "give-away" locations. Directions to the ERC can be found at
Registration is still open for the NASA Educator Resource Center/Washington NASA Space Grant summer workshops on the University of Washington campus The June 30 workshop, "Let the Magic of Aurora Borealis Light Up Your Science Students," focuses on how auroras work, how scientists study them and how to predict and observe them. Speakers are Laurie Ruberg and Jane Neuenschwander of the Center for Educational Technologies at Wheeling Jesuit University in West Virginia. The workshop, set for 9 a.m.- noon is geared to teachers of grades 6-12. This workshop is also sponsored by Space Science Network Northwest (S2N2).
On July 16, NASA Aerospace Education Specialist Brian Hawkins will lead a six-hour workshop on flight in all its glory -- the history, principles and recent developments. "Learning to Fly the Wright Way," set for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., is excellent preparation for a classroom celebration of the Centennial of Flight. Participants will learn how to make several flying contraptions and receive a Centennial of Flight packet with posters, Web site addresses and activities to make students' imaginations soar. The workshop includes a free lunch. For registration information, go to
On July 14, NASA ERC Director Dr. Julie Lutz will give an interdisciplinary workshop on incorporating astronomy into reading, writing, social studies, art and music. The workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Museum of Flight. For more information or to register, call 206-764-1384.CONSTELLATIONS, THE SUMMER FOCUS FOR NASAEXPLORES (K-12)
NASAexplores will feature information on astronauts and constellations throughout the summer. The series begins with stories on how some of the constellations may have gotten their names, as well as how to locate them in the sky. The second feature is an article on astronaut Eileen Collins, NASA's first female Space Shuttle commander. To access the articles and lessons, visit
The Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium Newsletter for Teachers is going to its summer schedule. There will be a single newsletter in July and another in late August. We will resume our regular twice-monthly schedule in September. For the latest Space Grant news, please visit our Web site at
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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