October 21, 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
--- GSA MEETING WELCOMES EDUCATORS (K-12)
-- WHY DO FORECASTS GO WRONG?
-- THE SOLAR SYSTEM IN ENGLISH AND SPANISH (K-12)
-- DOUBLE METEOR SHOWER PREDICTED
-- DO-IT OFFERS MINI-GRANTS (K-12)
-- WSU SUMMER ENGINEERING PROGRAM (6-12)
On Nov. 1-5, The Geological Society of America will hold its annual meeting in Seattle. The meeting consists of Earth science field trips and workshops, technical sessions, and an exhibit hall at the downtown Convention Center. Registration to the entire meeting is only $40 for teachers.
K-12 teacher workshops and field trips will be held on the weekend. Graduate-level re-certification credit is available from the Colorado School of Mines for workshops and technical sessions. There is an educator social hour on Saturday evening. The exhibit hall includes publishers of teaching aids, maps, films and textbooks, gems and mineral dealers, computer software companies, universities and schools, government agencies, and professional geoscience societies and associations.
To register online or to obtain more information, go to
Cliff Mass of the UW Department of Atmospheric Sciences will be giving a free public lecture on Northwest Weather Forecasting on Wednesday November 19 at 7:30 p.m. in UW Kane Hall, Room 220. The talk, titled "Why Do Forecasts Go Wrong?" will provide an inside look at Northwest weather forecasting.
Mass specializes in the weather of the Pacific Northwest and weather prediction. For the past two decades his group has attempted to unravel the complexities of Northwest weather and to develop improved techniques at prediction. He also gives a weekly weather discussion on KUOW every Friday.
A reception will follow. Registration is mandatory since space is limited, so please sign up soon if you would like to attend. If you want more information, please go to
The latest version of "Solar System Exploration Timeline 2003-2006" is available in both English and Spanish. To download the poster, go to
An unusual double Leonid meteor shower is going to peak next month over parts of Asia and North America. Bill Cooke of the Space Environments Group at the NASA Marshall Space Flight Center explains: "Normally there's just one Leonid meteor shower each year, but this year we're going to have two: one on Nov. 13 and another on Nov. 19."
For the full story, including a schedule of the best viewing times, go to
UW DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) is offering mini-grants to help defray the costs associated with purchasing the adaptive materials, technology, curriculum, and training needed to fully include students with disabilities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics courses and programs.
The project is part of the Northwest Alliance for Access to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (AccessSTEM) program. Mini-grants can be used to fund a variety of products including, but not limited to, hardware, software, lab materials, and training.
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Those received by November 1, 2003, will be eligible for review this fall. For more information, including paid student internships, mentoring opportunities, and training for educators, please visit
Next summer Washington State University, with funding from the National Science Foundation, will hold a six-week, hands-on engineering program to familiarize middle and high school teachers with engineering processes, which they can carry into their classrooms. At least eight in-service and four pre-service teacher candidates will be selected each year.
Summer at WSU - Engineering Experiences for Teachers (SWEET) will take place June 21- July 30, 2004. The application deadline is Feb. 1, 2004.
For more information, contact at Dr. Richard L. Zollars, WSU Department of Chemical Engineering, at 509-335-4332, or e-mail
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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