Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium

November 27, 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 POLAR SCIENCE SEMINARS (5-8)
-- YES OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS (11-12)
-- TOUCHDOWN ON TITAN
-- WEEKLY SPACE MATH PROBLEMS (5-11)
-- NASA IMAGES OF WILDFIRES

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FREE POLAR SCIENCE SEMINARS (5-8)

Beginning today, NASA and its partners will be offer two free online seminars for educators on the topic of the International Polar Year. The standalone seminars — one November 27 and the other on December 13 — will focus on the interaction of polar regions with Earth's climate system, atmospheric gas changes over our planet's history, what ice cores tell about past climate, and the implications of climate change in the polar regions. Archives of the seminars and the presenters' presentations will be available online. To participate, go to http://learningcenter.nsta.org/products/symposia_seminars/fall07/IPY_Denver/webseminar.aspx

YES OFFERS SCHOLARSHIPS (11-12)

The Young Epidemiology Scholars (YES) Competition awards up to 120 college scholarships each year to high school juniors and seniors who conduct outstanding research projects that apply epidemiological methods of analysis to a health-related issue. The application deadline is February 4, 2008. The site also offers teachers interdisciplinary epidemiology units for use in the high school classroom. Lessons may be searched by title or discipline such as biology, mathematics or social studies. For more information, go to http://www.collegeboard.com/yes/index.html

TOUCHDOWN ON TITAN

On Dec. 3, The Royal Society will offer a public webcast recounting thelanding of the European Space Agency's probe Huygens on the surface of Saturn's largest moon, Titan, and the results of the probe's explorations. John Zarnecki, director of the Centre for Earth, Planetary, Space & Astronomical Research, will also address how findings about Titan's atmosphere may increase our knowledge about Earth's atmosphere over 4 billion years ago. For more information on the London lecture, visit http://www.royalsoc.ac.uk/event.asp?id=7170

WEEKLY SPACE MATH PROBLEMS (5-11)

Looking for new math challenges for the classroom? NASA Weekly Math Problems teaches students about space weather by using mathematics. Students use actual data from various observatories such as Hubble, Hinode and Spitzer. To download lessons, go to http://spacemath.gsfc.nasa.gov/

NASA IMAGES OF WILDFIRES

Since October 2007, NASA satellites have been capturing images of the wildfires in Southern California and their aftermath. To view the satellite images and read more information on the fires, go to http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/lookingatearth/socal_wildfires_oct07.html

BREAKTHROUGH MAP OF ANTARCTICA

A newly completed map of Antarctica is expected to revolutionize research of the continent's frozen landscape. Created by researchers from NASA, the U.S. Geological Survey, the National Science Foundation and the British Antarctic Survey, the Landsat Image Mosaic of Antarctica is a realistic, nearly cloudless satellite view of the continent. With the unprecedented ability to see features half the size of a basketball court, the mosaic offers the most geographically accurate, true-color, high-resolution views of Antarctica to date. To view the map and learn more about the project, go to http://www.nasa.gov/vision/earth/lookingatearth/lima_feature.html

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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