Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

March 6 , 2007

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

-- SUMMER ASTROBIOLOGY WORKSHOP (7-12)
-- BEYOND THE SOLAR SYSTEM (6-12)
-- MISSION TO STUDY AURORAS
-- UW MATH DAY (9-12)
-- AVIATION IN YOUR CLASSROOM
-- ENGINEERGIRL CONTEST 2007 (6-12)
-- MY NASA DATA WORKSHOP (6-12)

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SUMMER ASTROBIOLOGY WORKSHOP (7-12)

Combine a trip to Hawaii with a chance to learn more about astrobiology, an integrative science focused on searching for the signatures of life in the universe.

Participants in the Astrobiology Laboratory Institute for Instructors (ALI'I), offered by the University of Hawaii June 10-15, will review and do activities from NSF field-tested materials such as Voyages Through Time by SETI and others aligned with 2061 Benchmarks. The application deadline is March 19, with a wait list deadline of April 8. The registration fee is $50. Two UH graduate education credits will be offered for an administrative fee of $90. A limited number of teachers from continental US will receive a subsidy of $500 for room and board to defray expenses. For an application and more information, visit http://www.ifa.hawaii.edu/UHNAI/epo/alii.htm

BEYOND THE SOLAR SYSTEM (6-12)

Curious about the universe beyond our solar system? The Beyond the Solar System workshop, conducted by the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center, will address how astronomers collect information from distant objects such as stars and galaxies. The workshop will take place 9 a.m.-3 p.m. April 14, at Rogers High School in Puyallup. The presentations will be activity-oriented and based on a DVD distributed through the NASA Universe Education Forum. All participants will receive a copy of the DVD and other materials. The workshop is free but six clock hours will be available for $15. Participants should bring their own lunch; drinks will be provided. For more information and registration, go to http://www.waspacegrant.org/teaworkshops.html

MISSION TO STUDY AURORAS

Last weekend, NASA launched its THEMIS mission, aimed at solving the mystery of what triggers geomagnetic substorms, those atmospheric events visible in the Northern Hemisphere as a sudden brightening of the Northern Lights, or aurora borealis. The findings from THEMIS (which stands for Time History of Events and Macroscale Interactions during Substorms) may help protect commercial satellites and humans in space from the adverse effects of particle radiation. During the mission the five THEMIS satellites will observe an estimated 30 substorms in process. At the same time, ground observatories in Alaska and Canada will time the aurora and space currents. For more about the mission and information on auroras, visit http://www.nasa.gov/themis

UW MATH DAY (9-12)



University of Washington Math Day, an annual one-day program for high school students, takes place March 19. The morning schedule will be devoted to talks, seminars and field trips; afternoon activities include lab sessions. Featured speaker Zeljko Ivezic will give the plenary lecture, "Reaching for the Sky - Astronomical Surveys: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow." Panel discussions on careers in mathematics and on the experiences of undergraduate math students are also part of the day's activities. Other topics include math applications in biology, electrical engineering and physics. For more information, see the brochure at http://www.math.washington.edu/~morrow/mathday.html

AVIATION IN THE CLASSROOM



On Mar. 17 The Museum of Flight presents Flying The Wright Way: Aviation In Your Classroom, a teacher workshop where participants use NASA materials and hands-on activities to learn how researchers use mathematics and science to design and test new experimental aircraft. Based on NASA Connect, the award-winning online math, science and technology series.

For more information, go to Professional Development at

http://www.museumofflight.org/educators

ENGINEERGIRL! CONTEST 2007 (6-12)

Every year the National Academy of Engineering and the EngineerGirl! Web site sponsor a essay contest for pre-college students. The topic of the 2007 essay contest is Engineering's Grand Challenges, looking at the grand challenges of the 21st century and highlights NAE's Grand Challenges for Engineering effort. For complete information, go to http://www.engineergirl.org/CMS/5308.aspx

MY NASA DATA WORKSHOP (6-12)

The week of July 29-Aug. 3, NASA's Langley Research Center will host a hands-on workshop designed for educators focusing on the implementation and use of Earth system science data sets developed for the pre-college education community as part of the MY NASA DATA program. A major component of the workshop will be the development of lessons incorporating one or more data sets.The workshop includes field trips and data applications for inquiry-based learning and research. Earth science educators are particularly encouraged to apply. Lodging, meals at government rates, and airfare within the United States will be covered by the program. Applications must be postmarked by April 30, 2007. For more information, visit http://mynasadata.larc.nasa.gov

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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