February 19, 2008
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
-- SPACE EXPLORATION TALK 2/21
-- EXPLORING MARS ON EARTH (5-8)
-- SUN-EARTH DAY 2008 (K-12)
-- FREE RESOURCES (K-12)
-- NAME THAT SPACE TELESCOPE
On Feb. 21, the Seattle City Club will hold a special lunch hour discussion, " Space Exploration: To Go Where No One Has Gone Before?"
Speakers include Bonnie Dunbar (retired NASA astronaut and president of the Museum of Flight), Dave Moore ( project manager at Vulcan Inc.), George "Pinky" Nelson (retired astronaut and director of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education at Western Washington University) and Tim Ziemba, president of Eagle Harbor Technologies, Inc.)
Among the questions under discussion: What is the value of a human presence in space? Can robots ultimately do the job just as well? What are the trade-offs between human and robotic-based space missions?
For more information, go to
Floods and Flows: Exploring Mars Geology on Earth, a NASA-sponsored summer workshop for science educators, will visit the site of ancient glacial Lake Missoula and trace the path of its flood waters through Montana, Idaho, and into Washington. The workshop will take place July 13-19.
During the workshop, participants will examine the geologic evidence for catastrophic flooding, as well as for past volcanism in region. Participants receive 60 hours of professional development credit, plus hands-on inquiry-based lesson plans, readings, and NASA materials. The application deadline is April 7.
For more information, go to
Sun-Earth Day is comprised of a series of programs and events that occur throughout the year culminating with a celebration on or near the Spring Equinox. This year the main event will take place on March 20.
Space weather is the focus of Sun-Earth Day 2008. Lesson plans, activities and other links are available at
Federal Resources for Educational Excellence (FREE) organizes more than 1,500 lesson plans, plus primary documents, science animations, math challenges, and more from dozens of federal agencies. Resources can be searched by topic.
Among the participants are the Library of Congress, Smithsonian Institution, National Archives, National Science Foundation, NASA, National Institutes of Health, National Gallery of Art, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Park Service, U.S. Geological Survey, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Visit FREE at
NASA is inviting members of the general public from around the world to suggest a new name for the Gamma-ray Large Area Space Telescope, otherwise known as GLAST, before it launches in mid-2008.
GLAST is designed to probe the most violent events and exotic objects in the cosmos from gamma-ray bursts to black holes and beyond. The name should be catchy and capture the excitement of GLAST's mission. The deadline for submissions is March 31. To submit a name, go to
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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