Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

April 4, 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

-- YURI'S NIGHT 2007
-- BEYOND THE SOLAR SYSTEM (6-12)
-- NATIONAL ASTRONOMY DAY
-- UW WEEKEND OPEN HOUSES (K-12)
-- COOKING WITH SLOAN WORKSHOP (8-12)
-- BEST PRACTICES WORKSHOP (K-12)
-- UW ASTRONOMY 101 WORKSHOP (11-12)
-- ELEMENTARY GLOBE (K-4)

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YURI'S NIGHT 2007

On April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin became the first human being to leave the Earth's atmosphere. Twenty years to the day later, American astronauts rocketed skyward aboard the Space Shuttle Columbia — the first orbital flight of the reusable spacecraft. Yuri's Night marks the twin anniversaries with simultaneous parties in scores of cities in dozens of countries on every continent and even aboard the International Space Station. On Saturday, April 14, the Museum of Flight will host Seattle's celebration of Yuri's Night with keynote speaker Capt. Wendy Lawrence. A retired NASA astronaut, she is the veteran of four NASA shuttle missions and served as the agency's operations director at the Gagarin Cosmonaut Training Center in Star City, Russia. The Yuri's Night 2007 celebration takes place from 7:30-9:30 p.m. in the museum's William M. Allen Theater. For more information, go to http://www.museumofflight.org/Display.asp?Page=NewsCalendar

BEYOND THE SOLAR SYSTEM (6-12)

Curious about the universe beyond our solar system? Beyond the Solar System, a workshop sponsored 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

NATIONAL ASTRONOMY DAY

On April 21, LIGO Hanford Observatory and Moore Observatory at Columbia Basin College will be hosting a variety of public events to celebrate National Astronomy Day. Members of the Tri-City Astronomy Club will host telescope viewing at both locations. Both events are free and all ages are welcome. LIGO activities, including CREHST Museum interactive exhibits, will begin at 7:30 p.m. and sky viewing through TCAC telescopes gets underway at 9 p.m. The Moore Observatory will offer solar viewing at 5:30 p.m. along with workshops on the use of personal telescopes. CBC Astronomy Instructor Tony George will provide views through the observatory's 16-inch reflector throughout the night. For a color flyer with more information, download http://www.ligo-wa.caltech.edu/Natl_Astro_07/Natl_Astro_07.pdf

UW WEEKEND OPEN HOUSES (K-12)

Washington Weekend, the University of Washington's annual open house, takes place April 26-28 with exhibits, lectures and hands-on activities on the three UW campuses. Events include activities at the Department of Astronomy from 1-4 p.m. Saturday and hands-on activities for families at the NASA Educator Resource Center (Rm 141, Johnson Hall) from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday. The Department of Earth and Space Sciences and College of Engineering will also be hosting activities and special lectures throughout Washington Weekend. For a complete schedule of events and locations, see http://www.washington.edu/alumni/weekend/

COOKING WITH SLOAN WORKSHOP (8-12)

The Sloan Digital Sky Survey (SDSS) is an online astronomical database that students can use to explore concepts such as the varieties of star colors and the types of galaxies. The science of SDSS involves stars, galaxies and the large-scale structure of the universe. In Cooking With Sloan, a free workshop for educators, we will explore the who, what, where and why of SDSS, the science discoveries that have resulted from it, and what students can do with the database. The workshop will be held from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 5, in Johnson Hall, Room 162, on the University of Washington campus. Three clock hours will be available for free. To register, e-mail nasa@u.washington.edu

BEST PRACTICES WORKSHOP (K-12)

The U.S. Department of Education will offer a free regional summer workshop July 9-10 in Redmond for teachers to learn best practices from their fellow educators. The workshop, co-hosted by Microsoft, will focus on math and science. Registration begins April 8. For more information, go to http://www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2007/01/01092007.html

UW ASTRONOMY 101 WORKSHOP (11-12)

On May 5, certified high school science and mathematics teachers are invited to attend a workshop on offering the University of Washington's Astronomy 101 course to the college-bound students in their high school. The workshop will be held from 9 a.m.-12 p.m. in Johnson Hall, Room 162, on the Seattle campus. Workshop attendees will receive three clock hours. To offer this course, teachers must have their credentials, course syllabus and other materials (textbook, etc.) approved by UW's Astronomy Department. This year four teachers are offering the course for college credit in their high schools. To register for this workshop, contact Dr. Julie Lutz at nasaerc@u.washington.edu

ELEMENTARY GLOBE (K-4)

Elementary GLOBE is a series of five storybooks designed to help K-4 teachers integrate Earth science into their reading and writing curriculum. Each book focuses on a different Earth science topic as the main characters -- Simon, Anita and Dennis -- explore the natural world. Storybooks and learning activities are correlated to national education standards in science, geography and math. For more information, go to http://www.nasa.gov/audience/foreducators/k-4/features/F_Elementary_GLOBE.html

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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