November 8, 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
-- ASTRONOMY: NW TEACHING EXCHANGE NOV. 18 (9-14)
-- 2007 IGES THACHER COMPETITION (9-12)
-- THE GREAT MOONBUGGY RACE BEGINS (9-12+)
-- BIOMEDICAL BREAKTHROUGHS AND MY LIFE (7-8)
-- THE AIR WE BREATHE (K-4)
-- THE NATIONAL SCIENCE DIGITAL LIBRARY (K-12)
On November 18, college and high school faculty who teach introductory astronomy courses will gather to share teaching strategies and assessment techniques and to discuss other issues related to their course offerings.
The Center for Astronomy Education Northwest Teaching Exchange takes place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Seattle Community College. The meeting (including lunch) is free but pre-registration is required. High school teachers who attend the entire meeting may receive six clock hours at a cost of $15.
For more information on the meeting schedule and location, contact Julie Masura at
or Kristine Washburn at
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) announces the 2007 Thacher Scholars Award competition for high school students who design and conduct the best projects using satellite remote sensing of the Earth.
Remote sensing can improve the quality of our lives by supporting weather prediction, natural hazards monitoring, transportation, land-use planning, agriculture, coastal management, public health and emergency response.
Three cash awards ranging from $500-$2,000 will be given to the winning students. Teachers and coaches of winning students will receive $200 Amazon gift cards. The entry deadline is April 2, 2007. For more information, go to
The 14th Annual Great Moonbuggy Race, open to high school and college teams, takes place April 20-21 in Huntsville, Alabama, at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. Students must design a vehicle that addresses a series of engineering problems similar to the problems faced by the original Moonbuggy team.
The human-powered vehicles will carry two students each, one female and one male, over a half-mile simulated lunar terrain course including "craters", rocks, "lava" ridges, inclines and "lunar" soil. For more information, visit
Vaccinations, pharmaceutical drugs, medical devices, surgery and transplants. These are only some of the ways biomedical research has had an impact on students lives. The Northwest Association for Biomedical Research (NWABR) is sponsoring an essay contest on the topic for Northwest middle school students. For more information, visit
The Air We Breathe picture book is designed to introduce students to Earth's atmosphere and its importance to life on Earth. It's appropriate for students in grades K-4. To download the picture book, go to
The National Science Digital Library (NSDL) was created by the National Science Foundation to provide organized access to high quality resources and tools that support innovations in teaching and learning at all levels of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.
NSDL provides an organized point of access to STEM content that is aggregated from a variety of other digital libraries, NSF-funded projects, and NSDL-reviewed web sites. To browse the library, 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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