March 31, 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
-- SCIENCE INQUIRY IN ACTION (K-8)
-- PEGGY VATTER SCHOLARSHIP (K-12)
-- YOUNG SCIENTIST CHALLENGE (5-8)
-- YURI'S NIGHT CELEBRATION
-- LIFE BEYOND EARTH?
Washington State LASER is sponsoring four sessions of the Inquiry in Action Workshop for K-8 Building Administrators around the state.
The workshops, conducted by Michael Klentschy of San Diego University, will provide superintendents, central office administrators, and principals with research and context related to the importance of science in the K-8 classroom, and its potential to help students succeed in math and science at the high school level.
The first workshop will take place April 9 in Moses Lake. Others are scheduled for Prosser, Kelso and Seattle. For complete information, go to the events section at
The Peggy Vatter Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by Washington Science Teacher Association, is intended to increase equity education in science and mathematics.
The scholarship provides up to $1,500 in funds to pursue certification in science education or in elementary education with an emphasis in science. The funds may also be awarded to certified teachers who show intent to improve skills in providing equitable science education through professional development.
The application packet must be postmarked by May 1. To download an application, go to
Discovery Education/3M Young Scientist Challenge is designed to encourage the exploration of science among America's youth and to promote the importance of science communication.
Between March 1 and June 15, students are invited to create and submit an online video explaining one of six science concepts. At the end of the competition, American's Top Young Scientist will be awarded a $50,000 savings bond. Prizes are also awarded to finalists and semifinalists. This year, there is a competition for teachers. Five teachers will receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, DC, for the competition finals and the title of "DEN's Science Teacher of the Year".
For more information, go to
On April 12, the Museum of Flight will celebrate the coinciding anniversaries of the first human in space and the launch of the first space shuttle with a presentation by Charles Simonyi, who will speak about his trip to the International Space Station.
Simultaneous anniversary events are being held in scores of cities in dozens of countries on every continent and even aboard the International Space Station. The Seattle event will takes place from 7-10 p.m. A coffee and cake reception follows the presentation.
For more information, go to
On April 16, astronomer and author Jeffrey Bennett will appear at the Pacific Science Center to talk about why this question has become a hot topic of scientific research, and discuss how scientists are searching both for microbial life and extraterrestrial intelligence.
"Beyond UFOs: The Search for Extraterrestrial Life and its Astonishing Implications for Our Future" will take place at 7:30 p.m. Admission is $5; students with ID are free. For more information, see
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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