February 18, 2004
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
-- FREE LAB EQUIPMENT & SUPPLIES
-- REVEL IN OCEAN RESEARCH (7-12)
-- WOMEN WORKING ON MARS WEBCAST (6-12)
-- FUEL CELL POSTER CONTEST (8)
-- VENUS TRANSIT AND THE SEARCH FOR NEW WORLDS (K-12)
-- MARS PAST AND FUTURE
The Seattle laboratory of Amgen, the world's largest biotechnology company, is moving to a new location and is holding a donation fair this weekend to distribute unneeded equipment and supplies to area schools and nonprofit organizations. The fair takes place at the company's Seattle warehouse, 1201 Western Avenue, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Feb. 21.
Available items include water baths, vacuum pumps, micropipettors, stir plates, and electrophoresis power supplies. They also have a large selection of laboratory "consumable" items such as microtiter plates, laboratory syringes, test tubes and petri dishes. Supplies will be donated on a "first come, first serve" basis. Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions and provide help with loading vehicles.
To participate, you will need a nonprofit tax identification number and a vehicle adequate for transporting the selected goods. If you have a questions, please contact Molly Wheeler at 206-265-8218.REVEL IN OCEAN RESEARCH (7-12)
The Research and Education: Volcanoes, Exploration and Life (REVEL) Project is seeking applications from highly-motivated 7-12 grade science teachers who want to bring cutting-edge earth and ocean research into their classrooms. Through the REVEL Project, teachers participate in field research on the sea floor of the Juan de Fuca Plate and in complementary professional development opportunities that help teachers increase their content knowledge, and enhance their teaching skills.
Applications for the 2004 REVEL sea-going season are now available and must be postmarked by March 26, 2004. Applicants must be employed in a K-12 public, private or parochial school in the United States. Minority applicants are especially encouraged to apply. For more information, go to
As part of National Engineer's Week and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, NASA's Mars Public Engagement Office is producing the third in the "Women Working on Mars" webcast series airing live on Feb. 26th at 4 p.m. PST.
The show will focus on the science results and engineering accomplishments of the Mars Exploration Rover mission, along with discussion about what it takes to pursue a career in science and engineering. Discussion will be generated by in-studio and online questions. We will also air pre-taped questions from museums across the country. For more information on how to participate, visit
Teachers and students can win a $50 gift certificate in BPA's Fuel Cell Poster Contest. The theme is "Fuel cells today for a better tomorrow." The poster deadline is March 17. For complete information, go to
The live webcast, "Venus Transit and the Search for New Worlds," will bring together a panel of top NASA scientists and engineers to discuss the future of extrasolar planet research, the science behind this rare astronomical event, and how to observe the transit when it occurs on June 8, 2004. Teachers, students and the public are invited to participate in this interactive discussion with NASA scientists.
The live webcast will take place from 10-11 a.m. PST, March 19. It may be viewed on computer in RealPlayer format, or by satellite receiver (SBS 6 Transponder 8, 74 degrees west longitude, vertical polarization downlink frequency - 11896 MHz. Audio is at 6.2/6.8 MHz). Classrooms are invited to submit questions to the experts in real time during the broadcast, or to select a science activity from the attached list to complete in advance.
For details, visit
On March 6, Dr. Steven Lee of the University of Colorado/Denver Museum of Nature and Science will speak on the history and future of Mars Exploration. The lecture will take place at 2 p.m. in the Adobe Laser Dome at the Pacific Science Center.
The presentation will provide an overview of how earlier telescopic and spacecraft observations have been used to explore the planet Mars, and will discuss what new Hubble Space Telescope, Pathfinder, Mars Global Surveyor, Mars Odyssey and Mars Rover data are revealing about conditions on Mars at present. The future of Mars exploration will be discussed, including previews of the missions currently en route to Mars, those planned for the coming decade, and plans for eventual human exploration of the Red Planet.
The lecture is part of a monthly series being presented in conjunction with the exhibit, Space: A Journey to our Future. Admission to the lectures is free with regular Pacific Science Center admission. 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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