March 10, 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
-- STARDUST MISSION:'A PHENOMENAL SUCCESS'
-- WSU/HANFORD SUMMER COURSE (K-12)
-- SUMMER ASTROBIOLOGY WORKSHOP (7-12)
-- LIQUID WATER ON ENCELADUS
-- SOLAR SYSTEM SERIES AVAILABLE (K-12)
Since Stardust returned from its historic seven-year mission collecting particles of interstellar dust, UW scientist Donald Brownlee and his team have seen their project exceed all expectations of success.
Brownlee believes the comet dust carries evidence, preserved in the deep-freeze of space, about how the sun and the solar system formed more than 4 billion years ago. The particles captured by Stardust will be studied by scientists for years.
New video and news stories about the mission are available at
The Nature of Scientific Inquiry, a WSU Tri-Cities graduate course for teachers, will take place at the LIGO Hanford Observatory July 10-21. Participants will hone their inquiry-based instruction skills as they investigate LIGO's version of the scientific method in action. Stipends will be available for those who enroll.
For more information, contact WSU-TC Teaching and Learning Professor Judy Morrison at 509-372-7196. For photos and information from the 2005 session, visit
Looking to combine a trip to Hawaii with a chance to learn more about astobiology? The Astrobiology Laboratory Institute for Instructors (ALI'I), offered by the University of Hawaii, will take place July 9-14.
Teachers will review and do activities from NSF field-tested materials such as Voyages Through Time by SETI and Astrobiology: An Integrated Science Approach by TERC. Because of a tuition waiver, two graduate education credits will be offered for an administrative fee of $75. A limited number of teachers from continental US will receive a subsidy of $500 for room and board to defray expenses.
Registration deadline is March 31. For details and application, visit
NASA's Cassini spacecraft may have found evidence of liquid water reservoirs that erupt in Yellowstone-like geysers on Saturn's moon Enceladus. The rare occurrence of liquid water so near the surface raises many new questions about this mysterious moon.
For the entire story in English or Spanish, go to
The popular Our Solar System lithographs can now be downloaded directly from the NASA Web site. The site also provides links to the planet pages with facts, illustrations and a "kid's eye view." To download images, go to
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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