June 9, 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
-- SCIENCE IDEAL FOR AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS (K-12)
-- MYSTERIES OF EARTH AND MARS (4-9)
-- OCEAN EXPLORATION CURRICULUM AVAILABLE (6-12)
-- PLANET DISCOVERIES AND MORE AVAILABLE
-- SPACE GRANT E-LETTER GOES TO SUMMER SCHEDULE
A report, released by The American Museum of Natural History, argues that the afterschool programs are uniquely suited for implementing science learning experiences that engage young people, build their capacity to succeed, and provide a continuity of opportunities to prepare them to participate in science, technology, engineering and math careers.
"NASA and Afterschool Programs: Connecting to the Future" looks at the strengths and resources of NASA and the afterschool community. The project also produced three prototype curriculum packetsAstrobiology, The Sun as a Star, and Mars & Earth. An expanded edition of the report includes essays from leading thinkers in afterschool and science education.
For a copy of the report and the curriculum, go to
This year's JASON Expedition features "Mysteries of Earth and Mars." The Expedition program is a comprehensive, multimedia approach to science, technology, math, geography, and associated disciplines.
The project delivers its educational content through a print curriculum, videos, fully interactive Internet programming, and live satellite "telepresence" broadcasts. Students employ several research tools, including the Global Positioning System (GPS), Geographic Information System (GIS), and satellite remote sensing, to address questions such as what are the earth's dynamic systems, how these systems affect life on earth and what technologies are used to study the earth-space system.
To participate in the JASON Expedition, go to
>From bioluminescent corals to deep vent worms, from tropical underwater volcanoes to the Arctic Ocean floor, we know more about the moon than our ocean. "Learning Ocean Science through Ocean Exploration" takes lesson plans developed for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Voyages of Discovery and the Ocean Explorer website and presents them in a comprehensive package that cut across individual expeditions. Each lesson focuses on an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning and is correlated to the National Science Education Standards.
The curriculum themes are arranged in an order that progresses from physical science through earth science to biological and environmental science, as ocean sciences include all of these areas. There is also a companion CD-ROM of the Ocean Explorer website available. For more information, visit
Are we alone? For centuries, human beings have pondered this question.
Over the next 15 years, NASA is embarking on a bold series of missions to find and characterize new worlds. These will be the most sensitive instruments ever built, capable of reaching beyond the bounds of our own solar system. The Planetquest website provides the most current information on NASA's planet-hunting efforts and discoveries, as well as images and classroom activities. For more information, go to
The Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium Newsletter for Teachers is going to its summer schedule. There will be a single newsletter in July and another in late August. We will resume our regular twice-monthly schedule in September. For the latest Space Grant news, please visit our website at
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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