November 16, 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
-- EARTH & SKY IN SPANISH
-- SOUNDS OF SATURN
-- IT'S YOUR ENVIRONMENT (6-10)
-- GIANT COMET MEASURED
-- BIOLOGY EDUCATION ONLINE (K-5)
Earth & Sky — one of the longest-running science radio shows — has launched a Spanish-language version. Cielo y Tierra will feature the latest science news and answer listeners' science questions in Spanish.
Cielo y Tierra is funded by the National Science Foundation and complements the original Earth & Sky, which has broadcast more than 5,000 two-minute, 90-second and 60-second radio shows since its launch in 1991. For more information, visit
For information in Spanish and an archive of Cielo y Tierra broadcasts, visit
Sounds from outer space are weird, if not downright spooky. Be ready for a goosebump or two as you feast your ears on some of the greatest sounds gathered during the exploration of the Saturnian system. To listen to the sounds of Saturn, go to http://saturn.jpl.nasa.gov/multimedia/sounds/IT'S YOUR ENVIRONMENT (6-10)
Today's pressing environmental problems need innovative solutions. Scholastic and the American Museum of Natural History invite students in grades 6-10 to submit their winning innovations in the "youinnovate21...It's Your Environment" challenge. To enter, students need to write a 300-500 word essay explaining the environmental problem they want to solve, their idea, how it will solve the problem , and how they would let people know about the innovation. Winning innovations will be selected based on creativity, scientific and practical soundness, writing skills. The deadline for entries is December 15. Students may enter as an individual or as a class. For complete contest rules, click on the You Innovate button at http://scholastic.com/scienceexplorations
University of Hawaii astronomers have measured the diameter of Comet 17P/Holmes. At 1.4 million kilometers, the exploding comet is bigger than the sun and now the largest object in the solar system.
(Note: The sun remains by far the most massive object in the solar system. Comet 17P/Holmes' diaphanous atmosphere of dust and gas, which is what the astronomers measured, contains less mass than a typical asteroid.)
On Nov. 19, stargazers will have an especially good chance to see Comet Holmes as it glides by Mirfak, the brightest star in the constellation Perseus, and appear to swallow it. For more information, see
BioEd Online offers slides, lesson plans and activities to translate cutting-edge information into the classroom. Developed by Baylor College of Medicine, site also includes streaming video presentations. Recent topics included water cycles and nutrition, as well as answering such questions as why our ears pop and what causes an ice cream headache. For more information, go to http://www.bioedonline.org/k-5/FEEDBACK
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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