Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

May 5, 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

-- NEW NASA SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY (12+)
-- FROM LEWIS & CLARK TO MARS (5-12)
-- UFO? NO, IT'S ONLY VENUS
-- COSMIC TRIVIA QUIZ
-- UW RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS ONLINE (K-12)
-- CSTP SEEKS TEACHER ADVOCATES (K-12)
-- SEE THE HEAT (K-12)

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NEW NASA SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITY (12+)

NASA has announced a new scholarship for high school seniors and college students called the Science and Technology Scholarship Program (STSP).

The program, also referred to as the Scholarship for Service program, provides high-achieving for students studying science, technology, engineering, or mathematics with full college tuition in exchange for a commitment to work for NASA or one of its affiliates after graduation.

Initial applications may be taken during the summer of 2004. Students who want to be notified as soon as applications become available should enter their contact information at

http://www.tsgc.utexas.edu/stsp/

FROM LEWIS & CLARK TO MARS (5-12)

The Lewis and Clark Rediscovery Project: Lifelong Learning Online brings together an interactive experience of the Lewis and Clark Expedition, the 200 years since the expedition and the Mars missions that expand upon the foundations created by past explorers.

Lewis and Clark's expedition to the Pacific helped the fledgling U.S. expand its understanding of environments, geography, nature and cultures in the uncharted western territories. Lifelong Learning Online is not a curriculum but is designed to supplement material for units on Lewis and Clark, American Indian cultures, Mars, Environmental Science and Geography.

The activities for Lewis and Clark Rediscovery and Mars Discovery have been aligned to national science, geography and math standards. A teacher's guide is available under the tutorials. Visit

http://l3.ed.uidaho.edu/default2.asp

UFO? NO, IT'S ONLY VENUS

Picture this: You're in a car riding along a country road at night. The sky is clear; the stars are twinkling. Flash! A blue-white light beams through a gap in the forest. Flash! It happens again. And again, and again. It's following you.

In the movies, this is when the spaceship lands. Relax. It's only Venus, the second planet from the Sun. So bright it is often mistaken for an alien spaceship, Venus reaches maximum brilliancy this week. For the full story, go to

http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2004/03may_maximumvenus.htm?aol39555

COSMIC TRIVIA QUIZ

Way Out: a Cosmic Trivia Quiz Game from the Space Telescope Science Institute tests visitor's astronomy knowledge. Choose from novice, pretty smart about space, and astrobraniac categories. Animations accompany questions to heighten student interest.

To take the quiz, go to

http://hubblesite.org/fun_.and._games/way_out/

UW RESOURCES FOR TEACHERS ONLINE (K-12)

The K-12 Resource Guide, maintained by University of Washington Educational Outreach, is designed to help teachers, parents, and students find learning opportunities throughout the UW campus.

Information includes classes, workshops, lectures, seminars, field trips, internships, or any other resource that would benefit K-12 teachers or students. To see the guide, go to

http://www.outreach.washington.edu/k12guide/

CSTP SEEKS TEACHER ADVOCATES (K-12)

The Center for Strengthening the Teaching Profession is seeking teachers from across Washington willing to act as spokespersons in their community advocating for state and local policies that support quality teaching.

Participants will talk with legislators, editorial boards, reporters, district administrators and other policymakers about instructional quality. Speaker training will take place August 10-12 in Wenatchee. Applications are due by May 15, 2004. For more information, go to

http://www.cstp-wa.org/Archive/seeking_teacher_advocates.htm

SEE THE HEAT (K-12)

Cool Cosmos, hosted by the California Institute of Technology, gives students the basics of infrared astronomy.

There are timelines of discoveries, image galleries, classroom activities and background material on infrared radiation, which falls between visible light and microwaves on the electromagnetic spectrum. There is also a link on the home page to a Spanish version of the site. For more information, go to

http://coolcosmos.ipac.caltech.edu/

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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