March 18, 2005
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
-- PROJECT ASTRO IN EASTERN WASHINGTON (4-9)
-- MATERIALS SCIENCE CAMP FOR STUDENTS (11-12)
-- NASA/POKEMON CARDS EXPLAIN SCIENCE (K-6)
-- NEW ASTRO-VENTURE MISSION (5-8)
-- LESSON STUDY LEADERS SYMPOSIUM
-- ONLINE SUMMER CLASSES (K-12)
-- DIVERSITY IN SPACE
Eastern Washington teachers are invited to apply for Project ASTRO Appalosa, now entering its third year. The program grade 4-9 teachers with volunteer amateur astronomers and professional scientists and engineers with an interest in astronomy and Earth science with the goal of building long-lasting partnerships to improve science education in schools.
The program also collaborates with the College of Education at Washington State University to bring to you a set of hands-on exercises that conform to state curriculum standards. This year's workshop will take place Aug. 5-6 at WSU in Pullman and provides 12 clock hours.
The application deadline for Spokane and Whitman counties is April 15; for all other counties in eastern Washington, the deadline is April 1. For more information, see
The Materials Information Society is offering a "materials camp" for students at the University of Washington, July 25-30. This weeklong academic camp geared to incoming juniors and seniors with a passion for math, science and industrial technology features highly interactive, lab-based activity tailored to individual student interest areas. Students accepted into the program receive free meals, tuition, and knowledge.
The program utilizes hands-on learning principles of applied math, physics, and chemistry and unique team-based, intensive problem-solving approach under the direction of a distinguished world-class faculty, or "Materials Mentors." There are also mini-demonstrations, field trips with extensive involvement in laboratory facilities to actively explore materials science & engineering principles. The application deadline for the Seattle program is April 30. For more information, go to
or contact Pergentina L. Deatherage at 800/336-5152, ext. 5533, or e-mail
NASA and Pokemon USA have developed an in-school program thatincorporates science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) themes into learning activities for K-6 students nationwide. The activities are based on the new game EX Deoxys. Deoxys, a virus with extraordinary origins, came from space and mutated into a Pokemon when exposed to a laser beam. Deoxys' name is derived from deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), the genetic material of living organisms, including viruses.
Students can use free activities on the Web developed by NASA that explain extraterrestrials, viruses, meteorites, DNA, and the ozone layer. The learning activities are posted on NASA's Langley Research Center's Kids Science News Network (KSNN) Web site, and they are accessible to students and teachers. For more information about collaboration, visit the Kids Science News Network at
In Astro-Venture's new geology mission, students investigate whether or not Mars and Venus have geologic characteristics that could support human life and learn about some of the methods that scientists use to search for life beyond Earth. Students gather and compare data on magnetic fields and atmospheric densities to determine how protected each planet is from space radiation.
NASA Astro-VentureAstro-Venture is an interactive, multimedia Web site in which students role-play NASA careers, as they search for and design a planet that would be habitable to humans. For more information, go to
The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory will present a Lesson Study Leaders Symposium May 9-11 in Olympia, Washington. The event will focus on furthering the knowledge of educators with prior experience in lesson study and includes an open house at Meadows Elementary School in Lacey and a public lesson developed by a lesson study team from San Mateo-Foster City School District in California. For more information and to apply online, go to
The American Museum of Natural History is offering eight online summer Seminars on Science. Teachers can receive up to four hours of graduate credit while exploring life, Earth or physical sciences. Early registration discounts are available to those who sign up by May 6. For more information, go to
More than 25 years ago, NASA selected a new class of astronauts that was unlike any that had come before it. In 1978, in order to prepare for the upcoming Space Shuttle program, NASA selected astronaut candidates with a wide variety of backgrounds, including NASA's first African-American and female astronauts. For the full feature, visit
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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