September 13, 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
-- SCIENCE LECTURES APLENTY
-- LUNAR RESEARCH STATION DESIGN CHALLENGE (5-8)
-- NASA EXPLORER PODCAST COMPETITION (5-12)
-- TALK TO ISS ASTRONAUTS LIVE
-- NOVICE SCIENCE TEACHERS WANTED (5-12)
-- ONLINE STORYBOOKS FOR KIDS (K-5)
In addition to the annual Seattle Science Lecture series, Seattle Town Hall and Pacific Science Center are hosting a special lecture series on the Dead Sea Scrolls. This series, which begins Sept. 27, is being offered in conjunction with the Center's exhibit, Discovering The Dead Sea Scrolls, which is on display September 23-January 7.
Considered by many to be the most significant archeological find of the 20th century, these biblical and sectarian manuscripts date from 250 - 68 B.C.E. Apparently the library of a Jewish sect, they are the earliest known manuscripts of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), written primarily in Hebrew and Aramaic. The distinguished lecture series features national and international speakers exploring the context and science of the exhibition.
The Dead Sea Scroll Distinguished Lecture Series takes place at Seattle Town Hall, located at Eighth Avenue and Seneca Street, at 7:30 p.m. every Wednesday, September 27-December 13 (excluding Nov. 23). Tickets are $15 and may be purchased online or at any Pacific Science Center ticket booth. (Tickets for the regular Seattle Science Lecture series are $5 at the door.)
For a complete lecture schedule, go to
To prepare for exploration on the moon and Mars, NASA uses sites on Earth to simulate living and working on extraterrestrial surfaces.
In the 2006 Quest Challenge, presented by NASA's Exploration Systems Mission Directorate, middle school students design and build a model of an Earth-based research station that will support living adaptively and working efficiently on the moon. Registration is now open and preliminary designs are due in late October.
For more information, visit
The first NASA 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition challenges students to create unique audio and video podcasts. The topic: How will space exploration benefit your life in the future?
The contest is open to students ages 11-18, who are also U.S. citizens. The final deadline for submissions is Oct. 10. Prizes include iPods, a MacBook laptop and a free passport to Space Camp. Students are grouped into two age divisions: 11-14 and 15-18.
First, second, and third place prizes will be awarded in each age group and category (audio and video). An additional "People's Choice Award" will honor one podcast for each age division. Only one entry may be submitted for each person. Students under 18 need written consent from a parent or guardian.
For more information, visit
Proposals are now being accepted to participate in live question-and-answer sessions between students and crew members aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Students watching from their school or science center pose questions related to their classroom studies while crew members discuss and demonstrate science, technology, engineering, and mathematical concepts in ways that are unique to the environment of space.
Education downlinks run approximately 20 minutes. The number of downlinks awarded depends upon mission requirements and crew time. Please contact the Teaching From Space Office for the current proposal deadline. For information including the current proposal form and a copy of "Live In-Flight Education Program: A Planning Guide", contact the Teaching From Space Office at
The Washington Center for Teaching and Learning is seeking 25 middle and high school science teachers (first to third year of teaching only) to work with online mentors and scientists.
Novice teachers will be matched with an in-state mentor who works in the same discipline and grade level; participate in weekly online activities with their mentors; access a vast array of science resources; and participate in online, inquiry-based professional development with scientists, content specialists, as well as mentors and new teachers from other states. Participants in eMentoring for Student Success (eMSS) will also earn $500.
The application deadline is Sept. 22. For more information, go to
Colorful new storybooks and links to other materials for elementary school students are now available on the NASA Kids main page. Titles include: "The best-Dressed Astronaut", "Steps to a Countdown" and "What is the Solar System?"
The page also offers a 12-page Color and Learn book that can be downloaded and printed out. For these resources and more, visit
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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