April 6, 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
-- UW ASTRONOMY AND ENGINEERING OPEN HOUSES
-- NOAA CLIMATE EDUCATION FELLOWSHIP (K-16)
-- SMALL BODIES IN THE SOLAR SYSTEM WORKSHOP (3-12)
-- IN ORBIT! CASSINI EXPLORES SATURN (6-12)
-- INSIDE EINSTEIN'S UNIVERSE (5-12)
-- LIVE THE NASA DREAM (9-12)
On April 16. the University of Washington's Department of Astronomy will hold an open house from 2-5 p.m. This year's theme is entitled "Exploring Space." Activities include a chance to make your own comet, planetarium visits, cosmic slide shows, a chance to meet scientists and learn the fate of the Hubble telescope and the latest on real comet dust coming to Seattle in January.
The open house will take place in the courtyard of the Astronomy-Physics Building, Northeast Pacific Street and 15th Avenue Northeast. For more details, visit
The UW College of Engineering Open House will take place April 22-23. The open house, with an emphasis on students grades 4-12, features more than 100 hands-on exhibits and activities from water rockets to robot games to making liquid nitrogen ice cream. For times and details, go to
The NOAA Climate Education Fellowship Program, established in 2005, provides a unique educational experience for K-16 educators who have an interest in climate education and a desire to create resources to enhance the public's awareness of issues and activities related to our atmosphere and oceans.
Any K-16 educator at a U.S. elementary or secondary school or accredited institution of higher education is eligible, with the approval of her or his school or university administration. The length of assignment is one year (renewable up to three years). The fellowship provides an award ranging from approximately $45,000 to $75,000, commensurate with the applicant's experience.
The application deadline is April 25. For more information, go to
On May 7, join Educator Resource Center Director Julie Lutz and Aerospace Education Specialist Brian Hawkins for "Rocks, Pebbles and Ice: Small Bodies in the Solar System"a fun and content-rich workshop emphasizing comets, meteors, asteroids and the contents of the outer solar system (including discussion of that popular question, "Is Pluto a planet?").
The workshop takes place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Condon Hall 311, just off the University of Washington Seattle campus. The registration fee is $10, including lunch and UW parking pass. Seven clock hours are available for $15. Both are payable at the workshop.
Participants will explore the nature of comets, talk about upcoming NASA missions like Deep Impact (July 2005) and Stardust (January 2006), and try out popular classroom activities like "Comet on a Stick" and "Edible Meteorites," as well as examining real meteorite samples borrowed from the UW Astronomy Department's meteorite collection. For more information and registration, contact
On April 26, Dr. Carolyn Porco will discuss the latest findings from Cassini's travels around Saturn and the touchdown of Huygens on the dark plains of Titan at a special presentation geared to middle and high school audiences. The presentation, which is open to the general public, takes place at 4:30 p.m. in Kane Hall, Room 120, on the UW Seattle campus.
"In Orbit! Cassini Explores the Saturn System," a talk for the general public, will take place at 7:30 p.m. April 25 in the same location. For more information, go to
In 1905, Albert Einstein published four revolutionary papers about the world we live in. The NASA-Smithsonian Universe Forum has created an online portfolio of highly visual, dramatic interactive learning resources to mark the centennial of Einstein's "miracle year."
"Inside Einstein's Universe" includes a MicroObservatory Online Telescope Center, learning guides and lesson plans on black holes and other cosmic phenomena, presentations for informal educators such as a journey to the beginning of time and even a 20-minute play, "Girl Meets Boy: A Comedy About the Universe." For more information, go to
Working for NASA is a dream of many people, both young and old. Careers at NASA not only include astronauts, engineers and rocket scientists, but many other rewarding occupations. Join NASA TV during the week of April 11-17 as NASA Television showcases some of its award-winning videos that highlight "NASA Careers... Live the Dream!" For additional resources and a viewing information, go to
The complete NASA Television Education File schedule for April is available at the following address:
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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