October 25, 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
-- NAME THE NEXT ISS MODULE (K-12)
-- FREE METEOROLOGY COURSE (K-12)
-- ANTARCTIC OZONE HOLE BREAKS RECORD
-- OLD FAVORITES, NEW FORMAT (K-12)
-- BECOME AN EINSTEIN FELLOW (K-12)
-- EL UNIVERSO EN LA CLASE
The International Space Station is growing. NASA's Node 2 is scheduled for installation on the orbiting laboratory. U.S. students in grades K-12 will have a chance to name the module and become part of the history of the station.
Students will name their node, write a brief description explaining their choice and take digital pictures to send to NASA. The submitted image of the model will not be judged, but functions as the students' ticket to enter the name challenge. The deadline to submit model images and names is Dec. 1, 2006. For information, visit
A free 12-week meteorology course, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and NOAA, is available to K-12 science educators. Participants earn 4.5 quarter graduate credits through State University NY-Brockport.
This is primarily a distance learning course. Participants are matched to a mentor (Northwest Weather Service forecaster, EVCC professor, or high school master teacher), complete weekly textbook readings and online activities, and attend three group meetings, including a tour of the NWS office in Seattle. They also receive free textbooks, weather radio, and other curriculum materials.
The course begins Jan. 22, 2007 and enrollment is capped at eight students. For more information, contact Dave Weller, AMS LIT leader, at
NASA and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) scientists report this year's ozone hole in the polar region of the Southern Hemisphere has broken records for area and depth.
The ozone layer acts to protect life on Earth by blocking harmful ultraviolet rays from the sun. The "ozone hole" is a severe depletion of the ozone layer high above Antarctica. It is primarily caused by human-produced compounds that release chlorine and bromine gases in the stratosphere.
For information and images about NASA's ozone research, visit
Popular NASA classroom videotapes like Liftoff to Learning: Living in Space (K-4), International Toys in Space (5-8) and Flight of Apollo 11 (7-12) are now available on DVD from NASA's Central Operation of Resources for Educators (CORE).
For a minimal charge, CORE provides access to more than 200 video, slide, CD-ROM and DVD programs, chronicling NASA's state-of-the-art research and technology. The materials provide students with the latest in aerospace information, as well as providing a springboard for classroom discussions of life science, physical science, Earth/space science, aerospace research, technology, mathematics, geography, careers, education and history.
To browse the CORE catalog, visit
The Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellowship is a paid fellowship for K-12 math, science and technology teachers. Einstein Fellows spend a school year in Washington, DC serving in a federal agency or on Capitol Hill. To be considered for an Einstein Fellowship, apply and submit three letters of recommendation online by January 8, 2007.
For more information, go to
The Spanish language version of the Fall 2006 issue of the Universe in the Classroom, "Mercury - its time has come" by Suzanne Gurton, is now available. This issue highlights the upcoming transit of Mercury, which will occur on November 8. View the Spanish language version here
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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