November 16, 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
-- SG SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS ONLINE (12)
-- RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY FOR TEACHERS (9-12)
-- WEATHER AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
-- SEATTLE AQUARIUM OPEN HOUSE (K-12)
-- ANSWERS TO KIDS' ENGINEERING QUESTIONS (K-12)
-- NAME NOAA'S NEW SHIP! (6-12)
Each year, the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium offers scholarships for incoming freshmen to study science, engineering, or math at the University of Washington.
Scholarships range from $1,000 to $5,000. These competitive scholarships are based on academic achievement, standardized test scores, personal essays, recommendations, and future academic promise. Scholarships are awarded for one year at a time. Recipients may apply for award renewal up to three years, depending on the availability of funding and providing that they maintain program requirements for their majors and a satisfactory GPA.
Scholarship applications are now available online and must be postmarked Jan. 14, 2005. For applications and more information, go to
The M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust's grant program, Partners in Science, provides $14,000 for high school science teachers to do research for two summers under the guidance of a research mentor. Research may be in various science fields such as biology, chemistry, physics, environmental science, etc.
For more information, contact Bart Hadder at Murdock Trust in Vancouver. His telephone number is 503-285-4086 or 360-694-8415. He can also be reached by e-mail at
To learn more, visit the Murdock Trust website at
(Go to Formal Grants Programs and scroll down to Partners in Science)
The National Weather Service (NWS) website provides more than just weather, hydrologic, and climate forecasts and warnings for the United States. It also includes links to lesson plans, posters and other classroom materials as well as career programs including student programs. Visit
The Seattle Aquarium will hold a free educator open house on Sunday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. During the open house, teachers and their families can enjoy Behind-the-scenes tours (limited space available) and talk with staff naturalists throughout the exhibits and learn about new programs.
Teachers can also explore the new Family Orca Center, see a six-gill shark research demonstration and enjoy special animal talks, training and feedings. There will be free movies at at the IMAX Dome theater. To register call 206-386-4353 or e-mail
The American Society of Engineering Education has re-designed its EngineeringK12 Center website.
The site tries to gather in one place the most effective engineering education resources available to the K-12 community including lesson plans, data on outreach programs around the country and answers to students' questions about the field with spotlights on engineers and the diverse career paths they have taken, overviews of the major engineering disciplines, and advice about applying to engineering schools. Visit
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) invites students nationwide to choose a name for NOAA's new ocean exploration ship. This ship will be the only NOAA ship dedicated exclusively to exploration and research of the oceans. Ship names and supporting projects that capture the spirit of ocean exploration are encouraged.
The deadline to submit the new name is December 30, 2004. The winning team and school will receive a visit from the undersecretary of commerce for oceans and atmosphere and from a renowned ocean explorer. They will be invited for a day tour of one of NOAA's atmospheric or oceanographic facilities.
To learn more about the competition, including guidelines for the student team and its school, 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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