February 21, 2007
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
-- HOST A SHUTTLE DOWNLINK SESSION
-- INT'L POLAR YEAR BEGINS
-- MUSEUM OF FLIGHT: TEACHERS NEEDED
-- SUN-EARTH WEBCAST (5-8)
-- WOMEN FLY!(7-12+)
-- MARS WEB SEMINARS (5-12)
NASA is seeking formal and informal education institutions and organizations—working indivdiually or together—to host live, in-flight education downlinks during STS-118, the first flight of Educator Astronaut Barbara Morgan.
A downlink is a modified videoconference in which participants hear and see the crewmembers live from space. The theme of the STS-118 education effort is "Igniting the Flame of Knowledge."
To maximize the impact of these events, NASA seeks organizations that will draw large participant numbers and demonstrate large-scale educational impact. For more information, go to
In 1879, the International Polar Commission established the first international polar year, dedicating 1882-83 to bring countries together to meet the cost and challenges of exploring the polar regions. This fourth polar year, beginning in March 2007, will involve over 200 projects, with thousands of scientists from over 60 nations examining a wide range of physical, biological and social research topics.
To learn more about this unprecedented opportunity to demonstrate, follow, and get involved with, cutting edge science in real-time, go to
The Museum of Flight is looking for 24 teachers interested in spending one week working with high school juniors during their six-day summer residency at the museum. The teachers will serve as counselors to small groups of students selected from across the state of Washington. Selected teachers will earn $500 stipends for their participation.
The summer residencies are part of the new Washington Aerospace Scholars program. Counselors must be Washington state certified teachers of science, math, technology or related subjects. The deadline for teacher applications is March 12. For more information, go to
On Feb. 22, a Sun-Earth Day webcast will provide an opportunity to learn about the sun's impact on our solar system and the space environment beyond it directly from NASA scientists that study it. The webcast also features an activity from the Space Weather Action Centers, where students and educators can use NASA data to track a solar storm and create their own Space Weather Alert story.
The topic deals with the impact of the Sun on the solar system. Experts will share information about the Earth, Moon, Mars, and Jupiter. Participants will also visit a classroom that has its own Space Weather Action Center. Free lesson plans to accompany the webcast are available. For more information, visit
On March 16, the Museum of Flight's Women Fly! education program brings young women (ages 13-19) who have an interest in aviation and aerospace careers together with professional women already working in the field. The program includes a special luncheon, discussions, and multiple networking opportunities.
On March 17, there will be a public panel discussion, highlighting the achievements of Chinese and Chinese-American women who broke barriers, shattered stereotypes and create world records. Participants include Maggie Gee, one of two Chinese-American women who flew with the Women Airforce Service Pilots during World War II, and Luan Rongrong, the first woman to become a 767 Captain in China. For more information, go to
NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, in collaboration with NSTA, has developed a series of free 90-minute Web seminars for 5-12 science educators on the topic of Mars Exploration. The live professional development sessions that use online learning technologies to allow participants to interact with nationally acclaimed experts, scientists, engineers and education specialists.
Online registration for each is now open. The next JPL seminar is Feb. 28. Upcoming topics include robotic engineering, and using Earth to explore Mars. To participate in these and other NSTA Web seminars, 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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