Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

October 17, 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

-- AEROSPACE SCHOLARS APPLICATION (11)
-- MEET A SPACE ARCHITECT (K-4)
-- 2007 ORIONID METEOR SHOWER
-- JOURNEY THROUGH THE UNIVERSE (K-12)
-- AQUARIUM EDUCATOR'S OPEN HOUSE (K-12)
-- NEW LAKES FOUND ON TITAN

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AEROSPACE SCHOLARS APPLICATION (11)

Washington Aerospace Scholars program is currently accepting applications from high school juniors from across the state. WAS provides students with opportunities to study a NASA-designed curriculum, work with professional engineers and scientists, visit engineering facilities, and compete in hands-on engineering challenges. Beginning in Jauary, students will complete a series of online lessons centering on space exploration, then in the summer select students will be invited to Seattle for a six-day residential experience hosted by the Museum of Flight There is no cost to participate. The deadline to apply is November 9. Applications and details are available at http://www.museumofflight.org/washingtonaerospacescholars

MEET A SPACE ARCHITECT (K-4)

Who knew space missions require an architect just as much as buildings do? Space Place Live!, the cartoon talk show where the Space Place kids, Kate and Kyo, chat with real NASA scientists and engineers about their jobs, talks with Linda Herrell, a space mission architect. Space Place, a NASA science and technology site for children, offers a "teacher's corner," as well asgames, podcasts and instructions for projects such as making pop rockets, asteroid potatoes and other spacey things. There is also a link to a Spanish language version of the site. For more information, go to http://spaceplace.nasa.gov/en/kids/ 2007 ORIONID METEOR SHOWER In recent nights, sky watchers have noticed meteors shooting out of the constellation Orion. This signals the beginning of the annual Orionid meteor shower caused by space dust from Halley's Comet. The shower is feeble now, producing only a few bright meteors per hour, but the show will improve as we approach the shower's peak on October 21. Observers last year counted as many as 50 Orionids per hour when Earth passed through the thick of Halley's dust trail and another good display may be in the offing. For more pictures information, go to http://spaceweather.com

JOURNEY THROUGH THE UNIVERSE (K-12)

Journey through the Universe is a national science education initiative that engages entire communities -- students, teachers, families and the public -- using education programs in the Earth and space sciences and space exploration. Sponsored by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education, the program offers professional development, curriculum and access to visiting researchers. For more information, visit http://journeythroughtheuniverse.org/

AQUARIUM EDUCATOR'S OPEN HOUSE (K-12)

On November 12, the Seattle Aquarium will offer free admission for educators, school staff and their families. The Educator's Open House will take place from 9:30 - 5 p.m. There will be special animal talks, trainings, feedings, dive shows and limited behind-the-scenes tours. Educators will be able to meet with staff and learn about education programs and activities. Registration is required; please call 206-386-4353. For more information on the Seattle Aquarium, visit http://www.seattleaquarium.org

NEW LAKES FOUND ON TITAN

The Cassini spacecraft has discovered three new lakes near the south pole of Saturn's moon Titan. These strange bodies are filled not with water but liquid methane and ethane. Researchers are also studying a lake near Titan's north pole larger than Lake Superior. For the whole story, visit http://science.nasa.gov/headlines/y2007/12oct_titan.htm?list886271

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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