Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

May 29, 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

-- WEB TOOLS FOR DATA ANALYSIS (8-12)
-- BLAST OFF TO LEARNING WORKSHOP (K-5)
-- NEW SMITHSONIAN WEBSITE (K-12)
-- VOLCANO ABOVE THE CLOUDS
-- MARS' WATERY PAST

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WEB TOOLS FOR DATA ANALYSIS (8-12)

Introduce students to authentic data analysis through use of Hanford Observatory's LIGO's environmental sensors such as seismometers and weather stations. Join a team of teachers at the observatory on August 13 and 14 for a workshop featuring LIGO's Web-based data analysis software. Learn how to facilitate research projects for your students using data from LIGO's environmental sensors such as seismometers and weather stations. All that's needed is a Web browser. The workshop will provide the opportunity for teachers to practice on the software and to develop plans to implement it with students. This is a great way to add more inquiry opportunities for students. Stipends will be provided. For more information, contact outreach@ligo-wa.caltech.edu

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

NEW SMITHSONIAN WEBSITE (K-12)

Smithsonian Education, gateway to the Smithsonian's educational resources, now aligns more than 1,200 free educational resources to standards of learning in every state. By entering the name of the state into the search engine, teachers can find lesson plans, virtual exhibitions, photographs and artworks, and databases of research information that apply to their curriculum. The state standards are correlated to all subjects-from language arts and social studies to mathematics and technology. The resources are available at http://www.SmithsonianEducation.org

VOLCANO ABOVE THE CLOUDS

In 1980 Mount St. Helens suffered a catastrophic landslide that released seething volcanic gases and rock fragments in a cataclysm that destroyed hundreds of square miles of forest. Could Africa's fabled Mount Kilimanjaro be heading for the same fate? Join NOVA for an expedition up Kilimanjaro to learn what the future holds for the world's tallest volcano and its iconic--but vanishing--summit glaciers. "Volcano Above The Clouds" will be re-broadcast May 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT. To learn more about the show, visit http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/kilimanjaro/

MARS' WATERY PAST

A patch of Martian soil analyzed by NASA's rover Spirit is so rich in silica that it may provide some of the strongest evidence yet that ancient Mars was much wetter than it is now. The processes that could have produced such a concentrated deposit of silica require the presence of water. For the full story, go to http://www.nasa.gov/mission_pages/mer/mer-20070521.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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