Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

October 26, 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

-- FREE METEROLOGY COURSE (K-12)
-- ASTRONOMY AFTER SCHOOL (K-12)
-- MUSEUM OF FLIGHT GRANTS (4-12)
-- WIKISKY BROWSES THE HEAVENS
-- ASTROMATH LESSONS (K-5)

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FREE METEROLOGY COURSE (K-12)

Learn how to apply weather principles in the classroom. A free 12-week meteorology course, sponsored by the American Meteorological Society and NOAA, is being offered to K-12 science educators, beginning January 21, 2008. Each participant will receive free text and lab manual, weather radio and 4.5 quarter the graduate credits from State University of New York at Brockport. Participants will meet three times in a central Puget Sound location, with the rest of the course study being conducted independently through weekly communication with a course mentor (Northwest Weather Service forecaster, EVCC professor, or high school master teacher). For more information, contact Dave Weller, AMS LIT leader, at dave.weller@sno.wednet.edu

ASTRONOMY AFTER SCHOOL (K-12)

Join an ever growing community of After School Astronomy Clubs and share your ideas, questions, challenges, and approaches with other clubs. After School Astronomy Clubs provide students, families, and even whole communities with a unique opportunity to experience the wonders of astronomy outside of the traditional school day. These clubs can provide focused experience beyond the scope of the school curriculum for groups of motivated students. For more information, visit http://afterschoolastronomy.org/

MUSEUM OF FLIGHT GRANTS (4-12)

The Museum of Flight offers grant assistance to teachers who would like their classes to attend the museum's educational programs. The FedEx Scholarship provides teachers with funding for aChallenger Learning Center, Aviation Learning Center or Sleepover program, plus up to $500 for transportation reimbursement. The award is open to all Washington schools, public and private. The application deadline is January 31, 2008.

The Bank of America Aviation Learning Center Transportation Grant is open to any school where at least 50 percent of the students receive free or reduced school lunch. Qualifying schools will receive a minimum of 50 percent off the total cost of the program, plus up to $150 transportation reimbursement for travel to and from the museum. Financial assistance is also available to schools and youth groups where at least 35 percent of the students receive free or reduced school lunch. For applications and information, go to http://www.museumofflight.org/Display.asp?Page=EdGrantAssistance

WIKISKY BROWSES THE HEAVENS

Imagine standing on the ground looking up into a clear sky unclouded by weather or light pollution. That's the effect you get staring into Wikisky, a detailed, interactive map of the heavens. The new site features more than half a billion astronomical objects. Visitors can navigate easily by clicking and dragging the map and using a zoom-in/zoom-out sidebar. The site also includes a link to the Sloan Digital Sky Survey which generates a high resolution Sky Survey image of the area being browsed. To explore more, go to http://wikisky.org/

ASTROMATH LESSONS (K-5)

AstroMath is a package of inquiry-based classroom lessons designed to integrate the K-4 national standards in mathematics (NCTM) and astronomy (NSES) using existing NASA science resources. The lessons address subject areas such as measurement, numbers, algebra, geometry and spacial sense, and more. To download lesson plans, go to http://solar.physics.montana.edu/astromath/

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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