Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

September 27, 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

-- CELEBRATE EARTH SCIENCE WEEK
-- SUMMER ASTRONOMY WORKSHOP (9-12)
-- NASA AT YOUR FINGER TIPS (K-12+)
-- OCEAN EXPLORATION WORKSHOP (6-12)
-- PLAY AND LEARN RESOURCES (K-12)
-- MUSEUM OF FLIGHT ASTRONOMY DAY

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CELEBRATE EARTH SCIENCE WEEK

Earth Science Week 2006 will be celebrated from October 8-14. This year's theme is "Be A Citizen Scientist!"

Since October 1998, the American Geological Institute has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. The 2006 toolkit for teachers includes posters, fact sheets, DVD, CD and other materials.

For more inforamation, go to

http://www.earthsciweek.org/

SUMMER ASTRONOMY WORKSHOP (9-12)

The National Optical Astronomy Observatory in Tucson offers a summer workshop aimed experienced high school teachers interested in mastering research-based science education.

The Astronomy Research-Based Science Education workshop offers selected teachers an opportunity to spend 10 days in Arizona next June, including four full nights observing with a variety of research telescopes at Kitt Peak National Observatory.

To prepare, participants will also take an online course, beginning in mid-January. Applications are due Oct 31. For more information, go to

http://www.noao.edu/outreach/tlrbse/

NASA AT YOUR FINGER TIPS (K-12+)

Visitors can now search NASA's For Educator pages alphabetically. To locate specific topics, simply click on the first letter in the word. Choose from NASA educational resources, programs and projects, mission information, multimedia, NASA history, aeronautics, space science, Earth science, space operations, the Vision for Space Exploration and much more.

The A-Z Index for Educators is available from the following pages:

K-4 For Educators
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/k-4/features/index.html

5-8 For Educators
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/5-8/features/index.html

9-12 For Educators
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/9-12/features/index.html

Postsecondary For Educators
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/postsecondary/features/index.html

Informal For Educators
http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/informal/features/index.html

OCEAN EXPLORATION WORKSHOP (6-12)

From tropical underwater volcanoes to the Arctic Ocean floor, we know more about the Moon than our ocean. To help remedy that, the Seattle Aquarium and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will present the NOAA Ocean Exploration workshop from 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. on Feb. 10.

Biologist Valerie Chase will lead participants in standards-based activities using the agency's Ocean Exploration curriculum and CD-ROM. These inquiry-based activities include biology, earth, physical, and marine science courses.

A refundable deposit of $25 is required at time of registration. Workshops fill early. Those attending both the introductory workshop and the follow-up workshops will receive a $100 stipend. Clock hours are available. For more information, visit

http://www.seattleaquarium.org/learn/teachers/workshops/

PLAY AND LEARN RESOURCES (K-12)

Play and Learn is a new category of online resources available in the education section of NASA.gov. This section contains fun and engaging education supplements. The items can be printed for instructional use, game time or just to make learning more fun. To download materials, visit

http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/topnav/materials/listbytype/By_Type_Play_and_Learn_landingpage.html

WOMEN'S ADVENTURES IN SCIENCE (5-8)

The Women's Adventures in Science (WAS) project is designed to support kids, especially girls, in their scientific explorations so they learn the fundamental skills of scientific investigation and feel empowered to tackle such adventures.

Inspired by biography series of the same name, Women's Adventures in Science chronicles the lives of contemporary, working scientists. Each of the women profiled in the series participated in her book's creation and participated directly in the creation of the Web site. Each profile page includes a comic, a science lab and links to age-appropriate interactive sites exploring the scientist's area of study.

For more information, go to http://www.iwaswondering.org/

MUSEUM OF FLIGHT ASTRONOMY DAY

On Oct. 5, learn about the wonders of the night sky as local astronomy buffs and Museum of Flight educators introduce museum visitors to the stars, the planets and more!

The event takes place from 59 p.m. Participants will be able to learn the constellations in the Starlab portable planetarium, try out a variety of telescopes and hear about the latest developments from the Cassini spacecraft, Deep Impact mission and Mars rovers. For more information, visit

http://www.museumofflight.org

FEEDBACK

Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at isvete@u.washington.edu

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