Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

November 19, 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.

Special Announcement

The NASA Regional Educator Resource Center will be closed for moving during the month of December. On Dec. 10, Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium, which houses the ERC, will move its offices to the third floor of Condon Hall (the former UW law school building) at 1100 NE Campus Parkway in Seattle. Please note our mailbox, e-mail addresses, telephone and fax numbers will remain the same.

The free Saturday ERC workshop on Mars will still be held Dec. 13 in the Physics and Astronomy Building on the UW main campus. For more information, visit our workshop page.

The ERC will re-open at our new location on Jan. 5, 2004.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

-- FREE FLIGHT CENTENNIAL MATERIALS (K-12)
-- NATIONAL PREMIERE OF NEW SPACE EXHIBIT NOV. 22
-- ASTROBIOLOGY TALK FOR STUDENTS (7-12)
-- STANDARDS-BASED MATH EXCHANGE (K-12)
-- ALASKA: A BIRD'S EYE VIEW

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FREE FLIGHT CENTENNIAL MATERIALS (K-12)

The NASA Regional Educator Resource Center has free Centennial of Flight classroom kits available on a first-come, first-served basis. The kits include posters, classroom activities and a magazine of flight history. The kits commemorate the Wright Brothers flight at Kitty Hawk on Dec. 17, 1903.

To receive a kit, please e-mail your name and mailing address to

nasa@u.washington.edu

NATIONAL PREMIERE OF NEW SPACE EXHIBIT NOV. 22

The national premiere of "SPACE: A Journey To Our Future" will be at the Pacific Science Center Nov. 22. An immersive exhibit experience, SPACE celebrates the past, present and the future of space exploration and discovery. For more information, visit

http://www.spaceexhibit.com

ASTROBIOLOGY TALK FOR STUDENTS (7-12)

On Dec. 10, Professor Steve Benner will give a free public talk especially geared to middle and high school students on the evidence for the earliest life on Earth. "Rocks, Chemicals, and the Origin of Life" takes place 4:30 p.m. in Rm 110, Kane Hall, at the University of Washington main campus. Space is limited. To reserve seating for a class, e-mail

lindak@astro.washington.edu

A free talk on the "The Real Jurassic Park" will take place Dec. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the same location. No registration is needed for the evening lecture.

STANDARDS-BASED MATH EXCHANGE (K-12)

Drexel University's Math Forum is a massive online standards-based math resource that includes a teacher's exchange for lesson plans, discussion and online courses. The site can be searched by topic or by grade level. Topics include algebra, early math, calculus, logic and even history and biographies.

A section on math education includes links to resources for homeschooling, ESL approaches and other special needs groups. Visit the Math Forum at

http://mathforum.org/

ALASKA: A BIRD'S EYE VIEW

Join Tutangiaq, the Canada goose, to explore Alaska from a unique perspective. This interactive site, developed by Alaska Space Grant Program with funding from NASA, has follows Tutangiaq as he takes readers on his migration path across this unique state.

In addition to science and remote sensing, the interdisciplinary site also touches on topics such as mathematics, history and languages of Alaska. A Bird's Eye View includes a modest compilation of resources on topics and themes closely related to the Web site. For more information, go to

http://www.uaf.edu/asgp/k12/sitemap.htm

FEEDBACK

Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at isvete@u.washington.edu

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