May 9, 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
-- E-MENTORS WANTED (6-12)
-- ASTOUNDING ASTRONOMY WORKSHOP (3-8)
-- MOUNT RAINIER NAT'L PARK WORKSHOPS (K-12)
-- ASTRONOMY OF MANY CULTURES (K-12)
-- STUDENT RESEARCH OPPORTUNITY (9-12)
-- AMNH SCIENCE SURVEY (K-12+)
-- NEW SCIENCE LESSON WEBSITE (PRE-K-12)
The e-Mentoring for Student Success (eMSS) program is seeking middle and high school teachers with five or more years of experience to become online mentors.
Mentors will be matched with a beginning science teacher in working in the same content area. The mentors conduct weekly online activities, participate in online mentor professional development, and access a vast array of science resources. Mentors will receive a $1,400 stipend for their participation from August 2006 to June 2007.
The application deadline has been extended to May 26. For complete information, go to
Five spaces are still available in Astounding Astronomy, an intensive three-day workshop on our solar system and more. The workshop will take place July 10-12 at Heritage University in Toppenish.
Sponsored by Space Science Network Northwest, the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium and the Kenilworth Fund, the workshop will cover seasons; constellations; phases of the moon; the planets and their satellites; comets, meteors and asteroids. The registration deadline is June 9.
Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by e-mail. Participants will receive a stipend to help defray expenses. Once enrollment reaches 25 particpants, people will be put on a waiting list. For more information, visit
Mount Rainier National Park is offering three summer workshops, including an in-depth look at the science of volcanoes. Living with a Volcano in Your Backyard, which takes place July 18-21, mixes content, curriculum activities and field experiences. The interdisciplinary curriculum focuses on the science of the Mount Rainier volcano and the hazards associated with living in its shadow.
Best of the Northwest Program on June 10 at Cispus Learning Center (near Randle, Wash.) is designed to give teachers a taste of the educational experiences and opportunities available to their upper elementary students. Partner sites featured include Cispus Learning Center, Mount Rainier National Park, and Tacoma Power's Fish Hatchery and Mossy Rock or Cowlitz Dam.
On July 28, there will be a workshop to introduce teachers to programming available for all grade levels at the new Mount Rainier National Park Education Center. For complete information, visit
The Astronomical Society of the Pacific has just released a new annotated online listing of over 90 books, articles and Web sites that deal with the astronomy of diverse cultures around the world.
Among the astronomical works and ideas listed are those from Asia, South and Central America, Africa, ancient Europe, Polynesia and various Islamic countries. There are also links to the astronomical ideas of Native North American cultures.
Most resources cited are non-technical and can be used in introductory courses and public programs. Suggestions for additional non-technical resources are welcome. A small number of technical volumes are included at the end for specialists. The guide is available at
The LIGO Hanford Observatory (LHO) is looking for high school science teachers interested in piloting a new opportunity for students to undertake research projects using LHO data. This emerging program is part of a National Science Foundation effort to build student science inquiry skills through access to selected data streams from several large science endeavors.
LIGO is developing a Web-based data analyzer that will allow students to read LHO's environmental channels such as seismometers and weather stations. Teacher participants will receive stipends to attend a late-summer workshop for training and planning. Classroom implementation would occur during the 2006-07 school year.
Interested teachers should contact LHO's Dale Ingram at 509-372-8248 or at
The American Museum of Natural History is looking for educator input to fine tune its Science Bulletin. As a token of appreciation taking their online survey, the museum is sending participants free packages of grade-appropriate educational materials.
The Science Bulletin features stories and interactive data visualizations, and weekly Snapshot images bring you recent discoveries and new technologies in astrophysics, Earth science, and biodiversity. To participate in the survey, go to the bottom of the page at
The Space Foundation has developed a new Web site offering more than 200 science lesson plans organized by grade level pre-K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The bank of standards-based lessons is designed to prepare students to demonstrate their knowledge and skills both on standardized testing and in daily learning.
Each grade level matrix indicates which science standards are addressed, gives key words, identifies other content areas integrated in the lesson, the lesson title and whether it is a unit or individual lesson. All lessons follow the same format, and include learner objectives, suggested grade level, subject areas taught, timeline, background information, materials, step-by-step lesson execution, extensions, evaluation and resources. Visit the Web site at
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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