Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

April 23, 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

-- BLAST OFF TO LEARNING WORKSHOP (K-5)
-- JOIN THE MARS LANDER MISSION (9-12)
-- AVS WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS (9-12)
-- CLIMATE CHANGE WORKSHOP
-- NASA EDGE PODCASTS

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BLAST OFF TO LEARNING WORKSHOP (K-5)

Blast Off to Learning, an intensive three-day workshop aimed at formal and informal educators working with children ages 5-10, will take place July 10-12 at Heritage University in Toppenish. The workshop--sponsored by Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium,NASA Aerospace Education Services Program, UW@Heritage and the Kenilworth Fund--will provide participants with the means to use astronomy and space science as themes in arts, literacy, mathematics and other subjects. The registration deadline is June 22, 2007. Participants will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by e-mail. Participants will receive a $100 stipend to help defray expenses. Credit and clock hours are available for purchase. Once enrollment reaches 20 particpants, people will be put on a waiting list. For more information, visit http://www.s2n2.org/astounding/index.html Queestions? Contact Dr. Julie Lutz at nasaerc@u.washington.edu

JOIN THE MARS LANDER MISSION (9-12)

The Phoenix Student Interns Program allows high school teachers and students to become part of the 2007-2008 Phoenix Mars Lander Mission. Participants will work with scientists to prepare for surface operations on Mars, analyze data during the mission, and reach out to others through presentations, articles and Web sites. Selected teachers and students will spend one week at the Science Operations Center in Tucson during landed operations to help investigate the surface of Mars. Each team is comprised of one high school teacher and two students. All must be U.S. citizens. Applications are due April 25. For more information, visit http://phoenix.lpl.arizona.edu/edu_psip.php

AVS WORKSHOP FOR TEACHERS (9-12)

Pacific Northwest Chapter of the AVS Science & Technology Society is offering sponsorship for high school science teachers who would like to attend the 2007 AVS science teachers workshop being held in Seattle Oct. 15-16.

Upon completion of the workshop, teachers receive at no cost a certificate of completion, 1.4 nationally certified Continuing Education Units (CEU's), and a new vacuum system for their school identical to the ones used in the workshop (if the school has already received a vacuum system in previous years, restrictions may apply). If necessary, the cost of a substitute teacher will also be covered. The application deadline is August 30. To apply, go to http://www.avs.org/education.workshop.aspx Questions? Contact Theva Thevuthasan at (509) 376-1375 or e-mail theva@pnl.gov

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

NASA EDGE PODCASTS

One NASA. Two hosts. Twenty thousand plus rocket scientists. We have liftoff! Unscripted and unpredictable, NASA Edge takes a unique look in and around the greatest space program on the planet. Whether it's the latest launch or the coolest gadgets, NASA Edge podcast hosts provide an offbeat, funny and informative look behind the NASA curtain. If you've ever wanted to learn about NASA but thought you needed to be a rocket scientist, wait no longer. For more information and a list of other science-relate podcasts, visit NASA Edge at http://www.nasa.gov/multimedia/podcasting/nasaedge/index.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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