July 16, 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
-- PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER'S ASTRONOMY EXHIBIT HITS THE MALLS
-- ASTROBIOLOGY OFFERS NEW GEOLOGY & BIOLOGY MODULES (5-8)
-- NASA ERC OPEN ALL SUMMER (K-12)
-- METEORITE MYSTERIES & ASTRO-VENTURES (5-12)
-- FREE GALAXY POSTERS AND LESSON PLANS (9-12)
-- MARK YOUR CALENDAR FOR GIVE IT AWAY DAY (K-12)
-- ENGINEERING FOR EARTHQUAKES (5-8)
-- CLOSED ECOLOGICAL SYSTEMS WORKSHOP (6-12)
The Space Spot, a traveling astronomy exhibition developed and produced by Pacific Science Center, will be setting up at malls in Western Washington this summer.
The Space Spot offers exhibits and activities for all ages. The project is funded by the National Science Foundation. Locations this summer include malls in Auburn, Everett and Burlington. For dates and locations, go to
Astro-Venture -- an interactive, multimedia Web site in which students in grades 5-8 role-play NASA careers as they search for and design a planet that would be habitable to humans -- has added new geology and biology modules.
In each multimedia module, students change one variable at a time, observe the changes on Earth and draw conclusions about what characteristics are necessary for human survival.
In geology, students change characteristics of Earth's internal structure. In biology, students change the amounts of producers, consumers, decomposers and energy source. The new modules complement and build upon the astronomy and atmospheric science sections of the Web site.
For more information, go to
The regional NASA Educator Resource Center, located in Johnson Hall 401 on the University of Washington Seattle campus, will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday this summer. Stop in and get materials on earth and space sciences, aeronautics (including the 2003 Centennial of Flight materials), astronauts and other NASA topics.
The ERC offers books, lithographs, posters, curriculum packs, videos and other NASA materials. If you need advice on what materials are right for your class, contact ERC Director Julie Lutz at 206-543-0214, or by e-mail at
Directions to the NASA ERC can be found here.METEORITE MYSTERIES & ASTRO-VENTURES (5-12)
Explore the exciting world of "Meteorite Mysteries" with a NASA AESP specialist Brian Hawkins as your guide.
This workshop, is part of series of three teacher workshops being offered this summer at the Naval Undersea Museum in Keyport. The workshop takes place Aug. 15 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. Participants will receive a copy of the curriculum guide and an assortment of printed resource materials for you to keep. Open to all teachers at no cost to participants and clock hours are available for a fee.
Astro-Venture: Astrobiology, geared to students in grades 5-8, is scheduled that morning. Students are transported to the future where they role-play NASA occupations and use scientific inquiry as they search and build a planet with the necessary characteristics for human habitation.
A workshop on rocket science for teachers of grades 3-8 is scheduled for Aug. 14 from 12:30-3:30 p.m. If you have questions, please contact Susan Crawford (360) 697-1129. To register, call or contact Bettye Shifrin, executive assistant, at (360) 697-1129 or e-mail
For more information on the Naval Undersea Museum, go to
Teachers can order a free copy of a beautiful poster on active galaxies from the GLAST (Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope) education Web site. There is also a set of lessons on active galaxies for high school students. 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
Build bridges online and run an earthquake simulation to test them for stamina against earthquakes in the Bay Area!
Designed for middle-school students, the material includes discussion of plate tectonics and how earthquakes happen. The site is built around the damage that was inflicted on the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge during the 1989 earthquake, and you can get a look at the design for the bridge's successor. See
On Sept. 13, UW Fisheries Professor Frieda Taub will demonstrate how to construct closed ecological systems for your classroom. These systems simulate the Earth's biosphere.Participants will learn about "fish in space" and receive NASA classroom materials.
The workshop is part of the free Saturday workshop series offered by the NASA Educator Resource Center and sponsored by Space Grant. The workshop takes place from 12:30-4:30 p.m. on the UW's Seattle campus. 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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