October 11, 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
-- PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER OPEN HOUSE (K-12)
-- AFTER-SCHOOL ASTRONOMY CLUBS (K-12)
-- EARTHKAM PROGRAM RETURNS (5-8)
-- CALIPSO LOOKS AT CLIMATE CHANGE
-- FOLLOW THE WATER CYCLE
-- BECOME A NASA EXPLORER SCHOOL (K-12)
-- EARTH & SKY'S YOUNG PRODUCERS CONTEST (K-12)
On Saturday, Oct. 16, the Pacific Science Center will hold a free educator open house from 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. During the open house, teachers and their guests (up to three per educator) will have a chance to view five different IMAX features including "Bugs! 3D" and "Kilimanjaro: To the Roof of Africa" and will enjoy exclusive use of the exhibits from 8:30-10 a.m.
Guests are welcome to stay until the museum closes at 5 p.m. To check in at the coffee and cookie reception and receive your free admission, enter through the Seattle Rotary Discovery Lab at the corner of Second Avenue North and John Street. For more information, call the registrar's office at 206-443-2925.AFTER-SCHOOL ASTRONOMY CLUBS (K-12)
After-school astronomy clubs provide students, families, and even whole communities with a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of astronomy outside of the traditional school day. These clubs can provide focused experience beyond the scope of the school curriculum for groups of motivated students.
NASA's website for clubs offers tips on getting started, activity ideas and links to local and national resources. Visit
NASA's International Space Station (ISS) EarthKAM program (Earth Knowledge Acquired by Middle school students) program is designed to inspire student interest in science, math, technology and geography.
Students have direct access to, and control of, a digital camera mounted on the Space Station. They identify places to photograph from space and then use the web-based interface to calculate exactly when the digital camera should take pictures.
The first ISS EarthKAM investigation period for the 2004-5 school year is October 26-29. Additional ISS EarthKAM image acquisition and investigation missions are scheduled in February and April 2005. Participation is free. To participate, visit
For educator guides, activities, and other educational resource materials, go to
French and American scientists are working to develop the Cloud-Aerosol Lidar and Infrared Pathfinder Satellite Observations (CALIPSO) satellite to provide new information about the effects of clouds and airborne particles, or aerosols, on changes in the Earth's climate.
NASA and the French space agency Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES) plan to launch the satellite next year. The satellite will remain in orbit for three years. For more information, including links to a French version of the website, go to
Earth's water is always in movement, and the water cycle, also known as the hydrologic cycle, describes the continuous movement of water on, above, and below the surface of the Earth. Since the water cycle is truly a "cycle," there is no beginning or end.
The U.S. Geological Survey's new website features a wonderful diagram of the water cycle and an in-depth discussion of each of the 15 topics on the diagram. Best of all, the diagram is available in 36 languages. To obtain a copy of the diagram, go to
Applications are now available to become a NASA Explorer School. Each spring, a three-year partnership is established between the agency and 50 new NASA Explorer School teams.
NASA invites the selected teams to work with education specialists from agency centers to spark innovative science, mathematics and technology instruction aimed at students in grades four through nine. NES teams acquire new teaching resources and technology tools using NASA's unique content, experts and other resources.
The deadline to apply is Jan. 31, 2005. For an application, visit
Earth & Sky radio series has launched its annual Young Producers contest and they're looking forward to hearing shows from students in grades K-12.
The contest is co-sponsored by the National Science Foundation. Each year, the five best shows are chosen and aired on the Earth and Sky program in the spring. The contest deadline is Dec. 15. 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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