September 27, 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
-- MUSEUM OF FLIGHT OPEN HOUSE (K-12)
-- THE GENESIS PROJECT
-- TEAM AMERICA ROCKET COMPETITION (7-12)
-- WORLD SPACE WEEK (K-12)
-- RECOGNIZE EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING (7-12)
On Oct. 2, the Museum of Flight in Seattle will hold an open house for educators from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for educators and their families.
Certified teachers are also eligible for free teacher memberships. There will be special access to the Concorde and Air Force One from 10-10:50 a.m. plus docent-led VIP tours of the Personal Courage Wing and opportunities the museum's educational programs.
A free breakfast and lunch is also planned. However, advance reservations are required for the meals. The breakfast speaker is Daniel Clancy, director of the Information Sciences and Technology Directorate at NASA Ames Research Center.
The luncheon speaker is astronaut Nicholas Patrick, one of four NASA crewmembers developing the techniques and technologies that could serve space travelers voyaging to the moon and beyond. Breakfast takes place at 8:30 a.m.
To make a reservation, call 206-768-7152 or send your name, school/organization name, address, phone number and the number of people in your party to
The 2004 Educators' Open House event is available for fulfillment of Washington state clock-hour requirements. A minimum of 3 and a maximum of 6 clock hours will be offered to attendees at a cost of $2 per hour. For more information, visit
Astrobiologists are looking everywhere for clues to the origins of life in the universe -- in laboratories, in the icy dark of Antarctic waters and, someday, beneath the surface of one of Jupiter's moons. The New York Times magazine story "The Genesis Project," published Sept. 26, looks at where those clues might be found.
To read the whole article (free registration required), go to
The Aerospace Industries Association and the National Association of Rocketry (NAR) are proudly sponsoring the 2005 Team America Rocketry Challenge, the world's largest model rocket contest. This year's Challenge is to design, build, and fly a model rocket carrying a raw egg and return it safely to the ground while staying aloft for exactly sixty seconds.
Team members must be students who are currently enrolled in grades 7 through 12 at a U.S. school. The application for a team must come from a single school or a single U.S. incorporated non-profit youth organization (excluding the National Association of Rocketry, Tripoli Rocketry Association, or any other rocket club or organization).
The deadline for registration is November 30. For more information and an application, visit
October 4-10 is World Space Week. Declared by the United Nations, World Space Week is celebrated in some 50 nations each year.
The free K-12 teacher activity guide provides quality space-related math and science activities to mark the occasion. By participating in World Space Week, teachers can win a $500 grant and students a chance to meet Lance Bass of the band N'Sync. For details, go to the 2004 teacher activity guide at
The Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) Program, established in 1983 by The White House and sponsored by the National Science Foundation, recognizes outstanding K-12 mathematics and science teachers in each state and the four U.S. jurisdictions. The competition alternates each year between teachers of lower and upper grades. This year, the competition is open to teachers of grades 7-12.
These teachers will serve as models for their colleagues and will be leaders in the improvement of science and mathematics education. Each Presidential Awardee will receive a $10,000 award and be invited to attend, along with a guest, recognition events in Washington, D.C., during the week of April 11-16, 2005.
Candidates, who must have at least five years experience, can be nominated by anyone who knows an excellent teacher--school principals, other teachers, students, parents, and members of the general public. 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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