Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

August 25, 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@NASA EN ESPAÑOL
-- INSIDE EINSTEIN'S UNIVERSE (8-12)
-- NASA TV BLASTS BACK TO SCHOOL (K-12)
-- MAKING SUN-EARTH CONNECTIONS (K-12)
-- PLAN A BACK-TO-SCHOOL VISIT TO NASA ERC (K-12)

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SCIENCE@NASA EN ESPAÑOL

The Science@NASA team maintains both an English language news site and Ciencia@NASA, a Spanish language archive of news stories.

Ciencia@NASA also includes links to Spanish language versions of the agency's other popular educational sites such as The Space Place and other outside links of interest. For more information on NASA news in Spanish and other languages, visit

http://science.nasa.gov//OtherLanguages.htm

INSIDE EINSTEIN'S UNIVERSE (8-12)

The Universe Education Forum recently posted "Journey Through the Expanding Universe," a series of hands-on demonstrations that can help present key astronomy topics to students. The materials and others on the site are part of a worldwide centennial celebration of Albert Einstein's "miracle year."

In 1905, Albert Einstein published four revolutionary papers about the world we live in. Among the ideas that would come from his work were three predictions about space and time so extraordinary that even Einstein himself refused to believe they could be true—a time when time itself could not exist, a space that could generate yet more space, and a bizarre intersection of space and time at the center of a black hole. For these educational resources and more on Einstein's universe, go to

http://www.universeforum.org/einstein/resources.htm

NASA TV BLASTS BACK TO SCHOOL (K-12)

This summer the Space Shuttle Discovery blasted into space on a 14-day, return-to-flight mission, completed numerous assignments, and landed safely back on Earth.

In September, NASA Television Education File is "blasting back to school" by focusing on mathematics, science, engineering, and technology information for teachers and students. For a complete schedule, visit

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/schedule/extrathemes/F_Blast_Back_To_School_Extra.html

To learn more about NASA TV, please go to

http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/nasatv/index.html

MAKING SUN-EARTH CONNECTIONS (K-12)

The Sun-Earth Connection Education Forum has created a series of PowerPoint presentations to help scientists and educators increase K-12 student knowledge about the active Sun and its impacts on Earth.

Presentations are geared to specific grade levels and represent information collected from NASA scientists, seminars, web sites, and publications. The goal is to use the information that summarizes the Sun-Earth missions to reveal that the Sun is dynamic and its changes are dramatic. Spanish versions are also available. For more information, go to

http://sunearth.gsfc.nasa.gov/SECEF_SunEarthDay/NewOverview.htm

PLAN A BACK-TO-SCHOOL VISIT TO NASA ERC (K-12)

Taking your students into space this year? The NASA Educator Resource Center in Seattle offers materials to help. The ERC stocks NASA posters, lithographs, curriculum packs, CDs and more on topics such as aeronautics, astronomy and Earth science. A special NASA exhibit at the recent National Council of State Legislatures meeting in Seattle has provided us with an especially good selection of space flight materials (shuttle/station).

The ERC—located just off the main University of Washington campus in Condon Hall 315—is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Metered on-street parking is available. Too far away to visit in person? Just drop us an e-mail and let us know who you are, your address and school, and what topic and what grade levels you are teaching. We can mail only limited amounts of materials, so please be as specific as possible.

For more information on the NASA ERC, our materials and a map to Condon Hall, visit

http://www.waspacegrant.org/tresou1.html

or e-mail

nasa@u.washington.edu

To view the NASA CORE catalog, go to

http://core.nasa.gov

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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