April 30, 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
-- TEEN SCIENCE LECTURES (7-10)
-- SUMMER SCIENCE FUN (3-12)
-- CASSINI SCIENTIST FOR A DAY (5-12)
-- INTERACTIVE ASTRONOMY (9-12)
-- FIELD TRIP TO THE MOON (5-8)
-- SCIENCE OF FLIGHT FOR TEACHERS (5-12)
On May 15, Seattle Town Hall kicks off its Teen Science Lecture series with science writer George Johnson, author of "Beautiful Experiments," a chronicle of "those rare moments when, using the materials at hand, a curious soul figured out a way to pose a question to the universe and persisted until it replied."
There will be a 30-minute presentation followed by a question and answer period. The free event takes place 4-5 p.m. and open to teachers and their students, as well as interested parents. Seating is limited.
To participate, send an RSVP to Wier Harman (Town Hall's Executive Director) with a projected attendance for your group at least one week prior to the lecture by calling 206-652-4255, ext. 16, or by e-mailing
Love science and drawing? Introduction to Natural Science Illustration, part of the University of Washington's Summer Youth Program for High School students, presents students entering grades 9-12 with an overview of the fundamental principles related to anatomical form and function in rendering illustrations for scientific purposes.
Students will learn how to render form, using light, line, measure and perspective working in their own sketch journals in three mediums, graphite (pencil), pen and ink, and colored pencil. Some drawing experience is helpful but not required. The 10 sessions will run 9 a.m. - noon July 21-August 1 on the UW Seattle campus.
For more information on this and other courses visit
Science-related classes for students in grades 2-12 are also being offered through the Burke Museum on the UW campus. For more information, go to
The Cassini Scientist for a Day essay contest offers students an opportunity to compete for the privilege of deciding where to point the cameras onboard the Cassini spacecraft on June 10, 2008.
In the essay contest, individual students or student teams become NASA scientists studying Saturn and select a target image that they think will yield the best scientific results. Essays will be divided into three groups: grades 5-6, 7-8 and 9-12. Entries must be submitted by a teacher.
Entry deadline is noon PDT (3 p.m. EDT) on May 8. For more information, visit
Interactive Classroom Materials for Introductory Astronomy, offered by the University of Nebraska, offers a variety of highly animations for classroom use.
Instructor's manuals and PowerPoints are also available. Materials are designed for use at either the college or advanced high school level. For more information, go to
NASA's Field Trip to the Moon provides a virtual journey to the moon using NASA engineering models and scientific data. Like NASA astronauts, viewers are faced with the challenges and excitement of launching from Earth's surface and journeying to the moon. Along the way, they discover the differences between the Earth and the moon, and what makes Earth unique and habitable.
Educators toolboxes have been created to bring the "field trip" to life. The toolboxes match up with the six science-based team explorations: ecosystem, engineering, geology, habitat, medical and navigation. For more information, visit
K-12 teachers and informal educators may also download a free companion guide and educator guides with hands-on activities. To download the guides, go to
Two aviation camps for teachers will be held at Paine Field in Everett this summer. The eighth annual "Science Flight for Teachers" will be offered June 23-27 and Aug. 4-7.
Sessions include flight instruction, aircraft rides, field trips to aviation-related sites such as Airlift Northwest, the Boeing Co. and the Museum of Flight, demonstrations and strategies for teaching aviation. The cost is $300 and provides three Seattle Pacific University graduate credits. For more information, contact Gary Evans at 360-629-2005 or e-mail
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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