December 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.
Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium has moved to the third floor of Condon Hall (the former UW law school building) at 1100 NE Campus Parkway in Seattle.
Our mail box, telephone and fax numbers remain the same. Office hours are 9 a.m. -5 p.m. Metered on-street parking is available in front of the building and on nearby side streets.
The NASA Regional Educator Resource Center remains closed through December and will re-open January 5, 2004. Dec. 16, 2003
TABLE OF CONTENTS
-- MARSFEST '04 MARKS LANDINGS
-- IMPACT OF GENDER AND CULTURE (5-12)
-- EARTH SYSTEM SCIENCE COURSE (6-8)
-- NASA WORKS TO CHECKMATE HACKERS (K-12)
-- MAKING GENETIC CONNECTIONS (9-12+)
-- SPACE FLIGHT HISTORY ONLINE (K-12)
On January 10, the Museum of Flight will host MarsFest '04, a full day of Mars-related programs, exhibits, video screenings and live feeds from NASA TV to mark this winter's series of historic Mars landings. MarFest '04 will take place from 10 a.m. - 5 p.m. in the Museum of Flight's William M. Allen Theater.
Never before has such an international armada of spacecraft converged on another planet. On Christmas Day, the European Space Agency's (ESA) lander will touch down on the Martian plains of Isidis Planitia, marking the first extra-planetary visit of an ESA probe. On Jan. 3, NASA will land a robotic explorer in Mars' Gusev Crater. Finally, on January 24, its twin will touch down at Meridiani Planum on the other side of the red planet.
MarsFest '04 is co-sponsored by the National Space Society Seattle Chapter, Mars Society Puget Sound and the Planetary Society. For more information, go to
The PRISM Science and Math Summer Curriculum Institute, slated for June 27-July 2 in Chewelah, is a weeklong exploration into the roles of gender and culture in science and math classrooms. The institute is geared primarily toward middle and high school teachers, although teachers of all grade levels are welcome to apply.
Included are research-based exercises and current readings, a critical analysis of current teaching materials and methodologies, field-tested strategies for gender and cultural inclusion, resources and sample materials, curriculum revision and trial lessons with students.
The early registration deadline is Jan.30; the general deadline is March 12. A flier containing program details can be downloaded at
For more information, contact Sharon Mail Kanichy, institute director, at
The Earth System Science Course for Middle School Teachers brings together participants from around the country to work as collaborative groups on problem-solving activities involving events such as the Yellowstone fires, the Mount Pinatubo eruption and the disintegration of the Larsen Ice Shelf.
Successful participants will earn three semester hours of graduate credit from the Colorado School of Mines. The 16-week course costs $200 includes tuition and materials. It was developed by the Center for Education Technologies (CET), and facilitated by educators at Mid-continent Research for Education and Learning.
The registration deadline is Jan. 16, 2004. For more information and online registration visit
Burglars silently sneak into your house and cause problems. When burglars sneak into computers through the Internet theyıre called hackers, and the damage they can cause is enormous. NASA's Information Technology experts know how to stop hackers at their own game. This week NASAexplores looks focuses on computer security. To access the articles and lesson plans, go to
GenePath, a network analysis tool developed by Baylor College of Medicine and the University of Ljubljiana in Slovenia, can help researchers discern genetic "chains of command" in organisms such as fruit flies and nematodes.
Users enter results from their own work and findings from literature. The tool then deduces interconnections, determining which genes fall in the same pathway. For more information, go to
Since its inception in 1958, NASA has accomplished many scientific and technological feats in air and space. The NASA history office maintains an online archive of information and photographs of the NASA missions. Visit Human Space Flight at
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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