Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

April 20, 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 ESS/ERC OPEN HOUSE (K-12)
-- PROJECT ASTROBIO APPLICATIONS OPEN (3-12)
-- WSGC SUMMER ASTRONOMY WORKSHOP (8-14)
-- ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FORUM (K-12)
-- NSTA SCIGUIDES EASE ONLINE SEARCHES (K-12)
-- DIME COMPETITION OPENS (9-12)

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UW ESS/ERC OPEN HOUSE (K-12)

On April 22, the Department of Earth and Space Sciences—including Washington NASA Space Grant and the NASA Regional ERC—host an open house with a variety of special activities. Make Solar Cookies and Comets on a Stick with guidance from ERC staff. Teachers are welcome to bring students. Browse the free NASA education materials and collections of books, CDs, DVDs, videos and hands-on materials available for 1-month check-out.

The ESS Seismology Laboratory, the Space Physics Laboratory and the Remote Sensing and GIS Laboratory will all be open for public tours. A geology of Seattle field trip is offered Sunday, April 24, from 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Reservations required. For field trip reservations, call 206-685-2443)

The event is part of Washington Weekend, the UW's campus-wide open house. For information and a complete calendar of events, visit

http://www.washington.edu/alumni/weekend/index.html

PROJECT ASTROBIO APPLICATIONS OPEN (3-12)

Project AstroBio, formerly known as Project Astro, is recruiting new teachers and science partners in the Puget Sound area to team up for the purpose of presenting hands-on activities in astronomy, biology, geology, and on the overarching theme of astrobiology in the classroom.

The program currently has 42 partnerships representing about 1900 students in participating schools throughout the Puget Sound region. Applications are due May 1. For more information, go to

http://www.astro.washington.edu/projastrobio/

WSGC SUMMER ASTRONOMY WORKSHOP (8-14)

This year, Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium will offer two sessions of its popular three-day summer astronomy workshop, one in Seattle and the other in Eastern Washington.

"Stars, Galaxies and the Universe" will be offered July 6-8 on the University of Washington Seattle campus and July 11-13 at the North Central ESD in Wenatchee. Participants will receive a $150 stipend for attending the workshop. Two UW credits of Astronomy 499, or 23 clock hours from WSTA or NCESD, will be available for purchase.

Snacks will be provided but no meals. Participants who live more than 40 miles from Wenatchee or Seattle may apply for an extra $150 to defray their attendance costs. For a workshop schedule and registration, visit

http://www.waspacegrant.org/sumwork.html

ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION FORUM (K-12)

A planning forum for an environmental education program for K-12 educators will be held May 13 at the University of Washington, Bothell. One component of the program is expected to be a summer institute called SEED (Summer Environmental Education Days). The core of SEED will be field and laboratory environmental science experiences woven together with critical analysis of their application to K-12 teachers' curricula and pedagogical approaches.

The half-day planning forum will bring together people from the educational community and UWB faculty for the purpose of assuring that the program addresses the needs of the educational community. Investigators are especially interested in learning what teachers are already doing, examples of environmental education projects that have inspired them, and what would be most helpful, interesting, and exciting to them. Refreshments will be provided.

The forum will take place from 1-4 p.m. at UWB campus in Room UW1-030. To participate, RSVP by May 6 to

kubota@u.washington.edu

NSTA SCIGUIDES EASE ONLINE SEARCHES (K-12)

NSTA has unveiled SciGuides, an online "science toolbox" that allows teachers to forego an exhaustive—and often unproductive—Internet searches for instructional resources. Instead, specially developed SciGuides tools quickly and easily locate targeted science content information and teaching resources from NSTA-reviewed science websites.

Teachers can also use SciGuides to transform science content into effective classroom resources by locating and incorporating online lesson plans, tips for teaching the content, and effective student assessments. For an online demonstration of SciGuides, visit

http://sciguides.nsta.org/

DIME COMPETITION OPENS (9-12)

It is never too early to be thinking about next year's DIME Drop Days Competition! DIME encourages teams to design and build a science experiment which will then be operated in a NASA microgravity drop tower facility at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland.

To be eligible for this event, students must form a team with one adult member, and write a proposal for an experiment they would like to test at the drop tower. Proposals are due by November 1, 2005. If chosen, four students from the team and one adult will receive an expense-paid trip to Cleveland in April 2006 to test their experiment. For more information, visit

http://exploration.grc.nasa.gov/DIME.html

FEEDBACK

Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at isvete@u.washington.edu

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