Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

March 20, 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

-- CS4HS SUMMER WORKSHOP (9-12)
-- SPACEWARD BOUND! WEBCASTS (K-12)
-- IGES EARTH DAY PHOTO CONTEST (5-8)
-- A COOL SOLAR MYSTERY
-- SPANISH SCIENCE RESOURCES
-- CLIMATE CHANGE WORKSHOP

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CS4HS SUMMER WORKSHOP (9-12)

Want resources to incorporate fun and accessible computer science elements into your math, natural science, or computer science class? CS4HS, a three-day workshop at the University of Washington, will introduce teachers to basic computer science ideas and help them integrate these ideas into their teaching (a separate, concurrent track is available for teachers who are already familiar with computational basics). The workshop takes place July 20-22. Accepted applicants pay a $25 registration fee. Free housing is available for nonlocal participants. Priority will be given to those who teach AP/IB/ honors versions of any high school math or science course. For more information, go to http://cs4hs.cs.washington.edu/

SPACEWARD BOUND! WEBCASTS (K-12)

Follow along as teachers and scientists working in the Mojave Desert perform scientific fieldwork in lunar geology, Mars astrobiology, Mars geology, and issues of temperature and solar inundation and radiation. The expedition is planned for March 25-30 at the California State University Desert Research Station at Zzyzx, Calif. The ultimate goal of this excursion is to leverage these field expedition experiences into classroom use. On March 28, NASA will offer two webcasts from the site—one in English, the other in Spanish. Students will also be able to learn more about the expedition through the teachers' journals and pictures. To learn more, go to http://quest.nasa.gov/projects/spacewardbound/mojave2007/index.html

IGES EARTH DAY PHOTO CONTEST (5-8)

Our planet is constantly changing. Look closely and you'll see changes on the land, in the water and in the air. This spring, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies is holding an Earth Day photo contest, asking middle school students to capture the changes in their local environment. Photos must be taken between Sunday, April 22, and Sunday, April 29. Participants then research and write an explanation of the change documented in the photograph. Entries must be received by May 9. For more information, go to http://www.strategies.org/education/index.aspx?sub=education&sub2=earthday&sub3=contest2007

A COOL SOLAR MYSTERY

One pole of the sun is cooler than the other. That's the surprising conclusion announced by scientists who have been analyzing data from the ESA-NASA Ulysses spacecraft. For the full story, go to http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2007/20feb_coolmystery.htm?list820645

SPANISH SCIENCE RESOURCES

The Rice Space Institute now offers a Spanish language resources page with links to Spanish versions of NASA materials and other popular science resources such as Windows on the Universe and the math forum at Drexel University. Director Patricia Reiff says they plan to continue expanding the list as they hear for new resources. For more information, visit http://www.tormentassolares.com/

CLIMATE CHANGE WORKSHOP

On May 1, Facing the Future, World Affairs Council and Yes!magazine are sponsoring an interdisciplinary teacher workshop on the Earth Charter and global climate change. and ways to teach about them in class. Teachers will participate in hands-on curriculum exercises and get resources for teaching about sustainability and involving students in local service-learning and action opportunities. The dinner workshop takes place at the Northshore School District in Bothell and features Richard Gammon, UW professor of chemistry and oceanography and co-director of the UW Program on the Environment. The registration deadline is April 26. The $26 fee includes presentations, classroom resources, a light buffet, and three clock hours. For more information, download http://www.teacherscorner.org/Workshops/documents/FinalEarthCharterFlyer2007.doc

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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