Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

September 28, 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

-- NASA EXPLORER PODCAST COMPETITION (5-12)
-- DEEP IMPACT: THE SEQUEL
-- ASTRONOMY DAY EVENTS
-- NASA DEBUTS ECLIPSE DOCUMENTARY
-- TOY DESIGN COMPETITION (5-8)

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NASA EXPLORER PODCAST COMPETITION (5-12)

The second annual NASA 21st Century Explorer Podcast Competition challenges students to create unique audio and video podcasts. Students will create an audio recording or video short to answer the question: What do you think is NASA's greatest exploration achievement in the past 50 years and why? The contest is open to students ages 11-18, who are also U.S. citizens. The contest opens on October 1 and closes with the first 1,000 entries in each category or midnight on January 4, 2008 ET, whichever comes first. Only one entry may be submitted for each person. Students under 18 need written consent from a parent or guardian. For more information, visit http://www.explorationpodcast.com/

DEEP IMPACT: THE SEQUEL

The flash! The dazzle! The front page of the New York Times! Two years ago, NASA's Deep Impact spacecraft dropped an 820-pound copper projectile onto Comet Tempel 1, unleashing an explosion that made headlines around the world. But how many people know what happened after the blast? The surprising answer is none — not even NASA. NASA is going back for a second look. For the entire story, see http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2007/26sep_next.htm?list820645

ASTRONOMY DAY EVENTS

On October 4, the Museum of Flight will celebrate Astronomy Day. Museum admission will be free after 5 pm. All of the galleries will be open, including the new Space Exploration exhibit, Rendezvous in Space (about local Apollo astronaut Pete Conrad), World War I and World War II, and the Great Gallery. Learn about the constellations, view amazing astronomical photographs, try out a variety of telescopes and hear about the latest developments from the Cassini spacecraft, Deep Impact and the Mars rovers. For more information, go to http://www.museumofflight.org

NASA DEBUTS ECLIPSE DOCUMENTARY

On March 29, 2006, a NASA-led science expedition traveled to Tripoli and then the Sahara desert to witness and study — first hand — a total solar eclipse. This international expedition was an unprecedented collaboration with Libyan scientists and researchers from across the globe. NASA's Office of Public Affairs has produced a high definition video documentary of the expedition and its interactions with Libya academics and government officials. To view the documentary, go to http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/everydaylife/eclipse_libya.html

TOY DESIGN COMPETITION (5-8)

Sally Ride Science announces its sixth annual Toy Challenge. Designing toys and games is a great way for students to learn about science, engineering, and the design process. Each team consists of a coach and three to six members. Half of the team members must be girls. The toy or game cannot include parts of existing toys or games (for example, Lego, Erector Sets, etc.). The registration deadline is December 12. For complete information, visit http://www.sallyridescience.com/toychallenge

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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