Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

June 6, 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

-- WORKSHOP REGISTRATION EXTENDED (K-4)
-- LIFE ON EARTH..,.AND ELSEWHERE (5-8)
-- LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW? (K-5)
-- RECORD-BREAKING ASTRONAUT VISITS
-- NASA RESOURCES BY MAIL (K-12)
-- VISIT THE NASA ERC THIS SUMMER (K-12)

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WORKSHOP REGISTRATION EXTENDED (K-4)

The registration deadline for Blast Off to Learning, a July 10-12 workshop aimed at formal and informal educators working with children ages 5-10, has been extended to July 5, 2007. The workshop will take place at Heritage University in Toppenish. Blast Off to Learning will provide participants with the means to use astronomy and space (rockets, humans in space, etc) themes in arts, literacy, mathematics and other subjects. Participants will receive a $100 stipend to help defray their expenses, as well as free NASA educational materials, lunch and snacks. Credit and clock hours are available for purchase. For more information, visit http://www.waspacegrant.org/astounding/index.html

LIFE ON EARTH..,.AND ELSEWHERE (5-8)

The NASA Astrobiology Institute recently revised its educator resource guide, "Life on Earth...and Elsewhere?" The guide includes five inquiry- and standards-based activities for the classroom. Also included are three math extensions spanning topics from defining life, to determining the chances for the existence of extraterrestrial life. To download the guide, go to http://nai.arc.nasa.gov/teachers/index.cfm#15

LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW? (K-5)

NASA Space Place demonstrates and explains scientific concepts related to astronomy in a fun, hands-on manner. The site offers games, podcasts and instructions for projects such as making a pop rocket, asteroid potatoes and other spacey things. Visit the Space Place at http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/kids/

RECORD-BREAKING ASTRONAUT VISITS

By the time U.S. Navy Captain Michael Lopez-Alegria returned to Earth from his tour of duty as the commander of Expedition 14 aboard the International Space Station he held the American record for the most time in space, the largest number of spacewalks, and the most time spacewalking. His record for longest single mission by an American will likely stand until the U.S. builds a base on the moon, or sends people to Mars. On July 28, the astronaut will be speaking from 2-3:30 p.m. at the Museum of Flight in Seattle. The lecture program is free with museum admission. For more information, go to http://www.museumofflight.org

NASA RESOURCES BY MAIL (K-12)

The Central Operation of Resources for Educators (CORE) serves as the worldwide distribution center for NASA-produced multimedia materials, offering more than 200 video, slide, CD-ROM and DVD education programs at minimal charge through its mail order service. To browse the CORE catalog, go to http://education.nasa.gov/edprograms/core/home/index.html

VISIT THE NASA ERC THIS SUMMER (K-12)

Summer is a great time to visit the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center (ERC). The ERC has NASA posters, curriculum packs, education briefs, educational CDs and other materials. Bring your own tapes and copy NASA videos, or request copying and mailing for only $5 per tape. The ERC also has a collection of books for K-12 students on Earth and space sciences, aeronautics and other NASA topics. Books can be checked out for a month. The ERC — located in Johnson Hall 141 on the University of Washington campus — is open 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m., Monday-Friday. For more information and directions, visit http://www.waspacegrant.org/tresou1.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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