Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

August 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

-- CHANGES AT SEATTLE'S NASA RERC (K-12)
-- GOOGLE SKY: EXPLORE, SEARCH & DISCOVER
-- IGES 12TH ANNUAL ART CONTEST (2-4)
-- BECOME AN EXPLORER SCHOOL (4-9)

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CHANGES AT SEATTLE'S NASA RERC (K-12)

In September, Dr. Julie Lutz, director of the NASA Regional Educator Resource Center, will retire. The Regional Educator Resource Center (RERC), located in the Space Grant offices at the University of Washington, will be closed after Sept. 14, 2007. Until then, the RERC -- located in Johnson Hall 141 -- will be open 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday-Friday (except Labor Day). Teachers seeking materials may also e-mail the center on or before Sept. 14 at nasaerc@u.washington.edu Please include your name, address, school, grade level and the astronomy/space science topics that you teach. Space Grant plans to increase the number of educator resource links available on its Web site and will continue to publish its electronic newsletter for teachers on a twice monthly schedule during the school year. Additional NASA educator resources are available through http://www.nasa.gov

GOOGLE SKY: EXPLORE, SEARCH & DISCOVER

With about a hundred million stars and two hundred million galaxies, Google Sky lets you explore the heavens like never before. Switch your view to see the sky above your home or school, and explore far-away galaxies, nebulae, and more. Zoom in to see imagery from the Hubble Space Telescope, learn about the lifecycle of a star, or even view the constellations Sky is part of Google Earth, which combines satellite imagery, maps, terrain and 3D buildings to put the world's geographic information at the user's fingertips. To explore Google Sky, go to http://earth.google.com/sky/skyedu.html

IGES 12TH ANNUAL ART CONTEST (2-4)

What do you see when you picture the ocean? Waves crashing onto a sandy beach? Dolphins leaping out of the water? What about what's under the waves? The 12th annual children's art contest, sponsored by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), asks students to explore the ocean from top to bottom then draw a picture showing what they learned. The winning artist will receive a $250 savings bond and the top 12 entries will be printed in a 2008 calendar. The entry deadline is Oct. 26. For complete list of prizes, rules and entry information, visit http://www.strategies.org/ArtContest

BECOME AN EXPLORER SCHOOL (4-9)

Applications are now being taken to become a NASA Explorer School for the 2008-09 school year. Selected schools or school districts enter into a unique three-year partnership with NASA to bring exciting opportunities to educators, students, and their families. The NASA Explorer Schools program will be accepting applications through an online application. Applications are due Jan. 31, 2008.. For more details, click on http://explorerschools.nasa.gov/portal/site/nes/

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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