April 21, 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
-- CHAUTAUQUA SUMMER SERIES AT UW (9-14)
-- SPACE SCIENCE FOR SPECIAL NEEDS STUDENTS WORKSHOP (K-12)
-- NASA IN EVERY DAY LIFE
-- SUMMER SCIENCE CAMP TEACHERS NEEDED (6-8)
-- ASTRONOMY, SPACE TRAVEL AND LITERACY WORKSHOP (2-6)
-- NASA TV FOCUSES ON HUMAN SPACEFLIGHT
-- SCIENCE NEWS FOR KIDS (3-7)
Chautauqua Short Courses are an annual national series of forums in which scholars at the frontiers of various sciences meet intensively for several days with undergraduate college teachers of science. High school teachers are welcome to enroll on a space-available basis. The forums provide an opportunity for invited scholars to communicate new knowledge, concepts, and techniques directly to college teachers in ways which are immediately beneficial to their teaching.
Classes held at the UW this summer will include an in-depth looks at volcanoes, earthquakes, climate change and planetary geology, including a look at Mars geology through a field trip to our state's Channeled Scablands.
Instructors include Don Brownlee, UW astronomy professor and principal investigator for NASA's Stardust Mission; Bill Steele, director of information services for the Pacific Northwest Seismograph Network at the University of Washington; Tony Irving, Earth and Space Sciences lecturer. For more course information, go to
Educators can can apply online at
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. Clock hours (35) and college credits (4) are available.
For more information and an online application form, go to
Questions? Contact Darlette Powell at 206-543-0214, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.NASA IN EVERY DAY LIFE
Finding ways to apply NASA technology to improve life on Earth is one of the most important by-products of the agency's aerospace exploration and research.
"Spinoff 2003" profiles the latest products incorporating space innovation in health, medicine, transportation, recreation, consumer products, public safety, computer and manufacturing technology. Among the innovations featured are a hand-held personal safety device that warns pilots of potentially dangerous cabin-pressure altitude conditions and the cochlear implant, which has restored hearing for thousands of individuals and given thousands of others a chance to perceive sound for the first time.
Since 1976, "Spinoff" has featured between 40 and 50 of these commercial products each year. "Spinoff" also maintains a searchable database of every technology published since its inception. To view the database or obtain a copy of "Spinoff 2003," go to
NOAA in Seattle is seeking five teachers for its second annual Science Camp for middle school students, which will take place June 21-25. Areas of focus include fisheries and marine mammals, weather, environmental assessment and oceanography, nautical charting and NOAA research vessels. Group activities and a final presentation by the students will also be a part of the program.
Teachers will serve as leaders for five groups of 20 children. In addition to compensation, clock or credit hours may be available. The application deadline is April 30.
To apply, submit a resume and statement of 250 words or less to describe how you can benefit from participating in the program. Please include experiences with any relevant programs such as "Project Wet" or "Teachers at Sea." Selected teachers will be notified in mid-May. Applications should be sent to
For more information on NOAA Science camp visit
or e-mail Rebecca Reuter at
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
Join NASA Television Education May 3-7 as they explore human spaceflight by showcasing videos related to living and working in space.
It has been 43 years since the first human spaceflight and 23 years since the first Space Shuttle flight. The NASA Television Education File schedule for May 2004 is available at
Multimedia products and Web resources related to this theme are available at
Science News for Kids is a new website devoted to science news for children of ages 9 to 13. The goal is to offer timely items of interest accompanied by suggestions for hands-on activities, books, articles, Web resources, and other useful materials.
Children have opportunities to comment on the subject matter, ask questions of scientists featured in articles, try out mathematical puzzles, and submit their own work for possible Web publication. They also offer teachers creative ways of using science news in their classrooms.
Science Service, the publisher of Science News, is a nonprofit corporation based in Washington, D.C. Founded in 1921, the organization administers the Intel Science Talent Search, the Intel Science and Engineering Fair, the Discovery Channel Young Scientists Challenge, and other programs in science education.
Visit Science News for Kids at
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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