July 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
-- UNDERSTANDING WEATHER AND CLIMATE (5-9)
-- ASTOUNDING ASTRONOMY WORKSHOP (3-8)
-- WASHINGTON AEROSPACE SCHOLARS (11)
-- WASHINGTON MARINE LIFE WORKSHOP (K-12)
-- SUMMER MATH INSTITUTE OFFERED (K-5)
-- MYSTERIOUS LUNAR SWIRLS
-- ROCKET CURRICULUM AVAILABLE (PRE-K-2)
A two-part series of workshops on weather and climate for teachers is being offered at the University of Washington this summer. Understanding the Physics of the Atmosphere (July 24-28) and Understanding Climate Change July 31-Aug. 4) are designed to support teaching of earth and space science instructional materials such as STC/MS Catastrophic Events, FOSS Air and Weather and others.
The courses will use hands-on experiments and daily experiences to build the participants' understanding of basic physics concepts, and to apply these concepts about the atmosphere to climate processes. Teachers are encouraged to register for both courses, and should not register for the second course alone unless they have taken Physics of the Atmosphere previously or have instructor permission.
Courses may be taken for clock hours ($10 minimum) or 3 credits for $163 per course. To register, contact Dr. Heather Price at
A syllabus for the courses is available at
A few 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. Participants will receive a $200 stipend to help defray expenses. Clock hours or 2 credits of UW Astronomy 497 may be purchased.
For registration and additional information, go to
Washington Aerospace Scholars is a statewide interactive online learning program for high school juniors, culminating in a six-day residential internship at The Museum of Flight in Seattle.
Selected students will participate in hands-on engineering activities, tour facilities such as The Boeing Co., Microsoft, Battelle and the University of Washington, as well as conduct a project on Mars exploration and receive mentoring from astronauts, engineers and scientists.
Students are recommended by teachers and chosen by state legislators. To participate, students must be a U.S. citizen and Washington resident, at least 16 years old, and interested in math, science, engineering and computer science.
For complete application and program information, visit
On July 24-28, the Seattle Aquarium will hold an educators workshop on Washington's marine birds and mammals: Marine Birds and Mammals of Washington, Auklets to Orcas.
The workshop will interpret the connection between the state's marine life and human actions through hands-on, inquiry-based teaching. Activities will take place within the Seattle Aquarium exhibit area, in the classroom, and in the field. The cost is $135, plus an SPU fee for 3 credit or 30 clock hours.
To register, call (206)386-4353. For more information, see
The Center for Classroom Teaching and Learning at the Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory (NWREL) is offering two summer institutes for teachers of grades K-2 and 3-5.
The K-2 session takes place July 24-28 and focuses on activities to teach number sense and algebraic reasoning in the primary grades. Participants will receive a copy of "Children's Mathematics, Cognitively Guided Instruction" (Carpenter, Fennema, Franke, Levi, & Empson, 1999) and an institute binder.
The session for teachers of grades 3-5 takes place July 31-August 4, and focuses on the integration of arithmetic and algebra in the elementary classroom. Participants will receive a copy of "Thinking Mathematically, Integrating Arithmetic & Algebra in Elementary School" (Carpenter, Franke, & Levi, 2003) and an institute binder.
For more information and to register online, go to
Picture this: A cup of coffee, steaming and black. Add a dollop of milk and gently stir. Eddies of cream go swirling around the cup. Magnify that image a million times and you've got a lunar swirl. To learn more about these strange markings on the moon, go to
"3...2...1...Liftoff!" educator guide and lessons introduce young students to the International Space Station and the role rockets play in its construction.
Lessons include developing pattern skills by ordering rockets by size; launching of a balloon rocket to learn about Newton's Laws of Motion; and graphing the distance traveled by paper rockets. The activities emphasize hands-on involvement, data collection, observation, exploration, prediction, interpretation, problem solving and development of language skills.
To download the guide or individual lessons, 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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