February 3, 2006
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
-- ECLIPSE IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT (3-12)
-- POLAR SCIENCE WEEKEND MARCH 2-5 (K-12)
-- LOCAL & GLOBAL CONNECTIONS FOR EARTH DAY (5-12)
-- TEACHER'S DOMAIN: MULTIMEDIA RESOURCES (K-12)
-- CHEMISTRY GRANTS FOR TEACHERS (K-12)
-- SPACE FOUNDATION SUMMER SCHOLARSHIPS (K-12)
-- ASTROBIOLOGY SUMMER FOR TEACHERS (9-12)
On March 29the date of this year's Sun-Earth Daya total solar eclipse will sweep across parts of Africa, the Middle East and the Former Soviet Union. The NASA Regional Educator Resource Center is offering a special Sun-Earth Day workshop on March 11 from 12:30-4:30 p.m. for teachers of grades 3-12.
Sun-Earth Day 2006: Eclipse in a Different Light will address motions of the sun, Earth and moon, and phenomena such as eclipses and sun-Earth, interactionsall part of the Washington state GLEs at all levels. Learn the history and myths of eclipses, why they don't occur every month and work on demonstrations and activities that will help students understand what's happening when eclipses do (or don't) occur. The workshop also will address ways in which the sun affects the Earth.
Participants will receive a Sun-Earth Day 2006 packet and other educational materials on the sun and moon. The workshop is free, but pre-registration is required. Four clock hours may be purchased for $15. On-campus parking is free after noon on Saturday. For more information, go to
The University of Washington's Polar Science Center has teamed with the Pacific Science Center to present four days of activities to foster understanding of arctic systems and the changes that have taken place in the past 40 years. Students and teachers will meet researchers who work in some of Earth's most remote and challenging places. Daily lecture topics will include polar environments and exploration, arctic warming and arctic change.
There will also be photographic displays and an IMAX film on Antarctica, as well as demonstrations on extreme cold and glacier flow. The staff of the Arctic Ocean Research Stations Then and Now exhibit will explain what is involved in a workstation on the ice. The event runs four days and educators are encouraged to sign up early.
To sign-up, call 206-443-2925.LOCAL & GLOBAL CONNECTIONS FOR EARTH DAY (5-12)
The Earth Charter: Local & Global Connections for Earth Day is an interdisciplinary science and social studies workshop for educators.
The workshop, which takes place on Bainbridge Island March 30, provides hands-on curriculum exercises and resources for teaching about sustainability and involving students in local service-learning and action opportunities. There will also be a presentation and Q&A session with Richard Gammon, UW professor of chemistry and oceanography and co-director of the UW Program on the Environment.
The workshop takes will take place from 5-8 p.m. at Islandwood Outdoor Learning Center. The cost is $20 and includes classroom resources, curricular activities, professional clock hours, and a light dinner. For registration and additional information, go to
Teachers' Domain, a multimedia digital library for K-12 teachers and students, provides access to hundreds of classroom-ready resources, as well as media-rich lesson plans and professional development resources. Each resource is catalogued by grade level and correlated to national and state standards.
The site is produced by the Boston PBS station WGBH, with funding from the National Science Foundation and the Institute of Museum and Library Services. Visit the Teachers' Domain at
The Puget Sound chapter of the American Chemical Society is seeking to award one-year grants of up to $500 to area K-12 teachers for supplies and equipment for high school students to do chemistry demonstrations at elementary and middle schools; for selected chemistry journals and books, including safety and waste disposal texts; for teacher supplies and equipment to develop new chemistry experiments; and for teachers to attend chemistry courses, symposia or institutes.
Teachers are asked to submit a one-page proposal. Preference will be given to teachers who are extending their range of competence. The deadline to apply is March 17. For more detail, contact Dr. Clarita C. Bhat at
Scholarships of $500 per course are available to K-12 teachers attending the U.S. Space Foundation's summer institutes in Colorado. Scholarships will be awarded on a first come, first served basis. Courses can be applied towards continued education credit or graduate credit.
Courses include Earth Systems Science; Space Technology in the Classroom; Rocketry and the Biology of Living in Space, Space History and Space Law; and Biological and Physical Research. For an application and more information, call 1-800-691- 4000 or visit
The SETI Institute and NASA Astrobiology Institute are offering a special astrobiology workshop for high school teachers June 19-24.
The Astrobiology Summer Science Experience for Teachers (ASSET) brings teachers together with leading astrobiology researchers from the SETI Institute, NASA, and the California Academy of Sciences to explore topics such as the origin of life on Earth, the extreme conditions in which life exists, Mars exploration, the formation of planetary systems, and the search for life in the universe.
Participants receive the entire Voyages Through Time curriculum (a $600 value) and complementary astrobiology materials, developed by NASA's Astrobiology Institute, for use in their classrooms. The deadline for applications is March 17. For more information, visit
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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