April 7, 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
-- ASTRONOMY, SPACE TRAVEL AND LITERACY WORKSHOP (2-6)
-- SPACE SCIENCE FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS WORKSHOP (K-12)
-- 'INVESTIGATING THE CLIMATE SYSTEM' AVAILABLE (5-8)
-- MUSEUM OFFERS ROCKET SCIENCE WORKSHOP
-- CHALLENGER CENTER REVIEWERS NEEDED (9-12)
-- APRIL ERC WORKSHOP CANCELLED
The Astronomy, Space Travel and Literacy Workshop, a free one-day workshop for teachers of grades 2-6, will take place from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. May 15 at the University of Washington's Urban Horticulture Center.
Sponsored by NASA Space Science Network Northwest, Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium, and the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center, the workshop will include content and activities on the day and night sky, constellations and the principles of space travel in the context of a reading, writing and listening program.
Presenters are Washington Education Association 2003 Teacher of the Year Veronique Paquette from Kenroy Elementary in East Wenatchee and Jack Horne, science coordinator for the North Central Education Service District.
The program is free and includes lunch. Six clock hours will be available for a cost of $15. The Center for Urban Horticulture is located at 3501 NE 41st Street.
To register for the workshop, call 206-543-1943 or e-mail
NASA Space Science Network Northwest is sponsoring a summer workshop for educators who work with special needs students. "Exceptional Space Science Materials for Exceptional Students" will take place from July 17-22 on the University of Washington Seattle campus.
Presenters from the NASA Office of Space Science (OSS) Education Support Network will familiarize educators with the wide variety of NASA's standards-based space science materials adaptable for exceptional needs students. The workshop will also serve to familiarize developers of NASA OSS education materials with the diversity of exceptional classroom and audience needs.
Applications are due by April 30. Applicants will be notified of their status by May 10. Workshop participants pay a $75 fee which covers lodging (double rooms in a UW residence hall), food during the workshop, materials and instruction.
For more information and an online application form, go to
Questions? Contact Darlette Powell at 206-543-0214.'INVESTIGATING THE CLIMATE SYSTEM' AVAILABLE (5-8)
"Investigating the Climate System" includes individual guides for Clouds, Energy, Precipitation, Weather and Wind.
The activities are problem-based classroom modules that respond to National Education Standards in English, language arts, geography, mathematics, science and social studies. Teachers can download the modules at
From simple tubes filled with gunpowder to today's Space Shuttle, rockets have been soaring for more than 2,000 years. On April 10, teachers can explore the science of rocketry at the Museum of Flight in Seattle.
The workshoptaught by Linda Desmarteau, faculty at University of Washington-Tacomashows how using some simple and inexpensive materials, you can teach your students exciting and constructive information about rockets that incorporates science, mathematics and technology.
The workshop takes place from 1:30-4:30 p.m. in the Red Barn classroom. There is no charge for the workshop, but the fee for Washington State clock-hours credit is $2 per hour, payable on arrival. All Museum workshops require advance reservations. To register for a workshop, call 206-764-1384. For more information, see
The Challenger Center for Space Science Education is looking for volunteers to review for science accuracy the new Earth System Science education module for the Journey Through the Universe program. Journey Through the Universe brings science programming to underserved and underrepresented communities throughout the country.
The lessons being reviewed are: "How Old is the Earth?"; "Rust Never Sleeps"; "Causes and Effects of ENSO"; and "What is Necessary for Life?" Interested teachers should contact Amy Wolfe at 703-535-1359 or at
The April 17 workshop offered by the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center has been cancelled. The weather workshop with NASA Aerospace Education Specialist Brian Hawkins will be re-scheduled this summer. For updates, go toFEEDBACK
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