May 21, 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
-- PHOENIX TO LAND ON MARS
-- NW AQUATIC & MARINE EDUCATORS CONFERENCE
-- TEACH ENGINEERING (K-12)
-- THE SCIENCE BEHIND THE NEWS (5-12)
-- TEACHING SCIENCE THROUGH INQUIRY (K-12)
On May 25, the NASA Phoenix spacecraft will arrive at Mars. Phoenix will be the first vehicle to land on the surface of Red Planet since the Mars rovers Spirit and Opportunity landed in January 2004.
The Museum of Flight will be showing live coverage from Mission Control. The museum's theater will remain open to see the first pictures from the surface of the Martian arctic plain, which are expected to arrive on Earth around 6:30 p.m.
A panel of local Mars experts will be on hand to discuss the mission. Guests arriving after 4:30 p.m. will receive a reduced admission rate of $5 to attend the theater program only.
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On May 22, NASA's Jet Propulsion will conduct a live webcast for schools (grades 4-12) at 9 a.m. PDT. This webcast will preview the events of the entry, descent and landing, the path to Mars so far, and the science mission. For information on how to view the Webcast live, visit
To learn more about the Phoenix mission, visit
Living on an Island: Salish Sea Stewardship is the theme of this year's conference of Northwest Aquatic and Marine Educators (NAME).
The conference will take place July 9-12 at Friday Harbor Middle School on San Juan Island. The event includes speakers, sessions, field trips and workshops for classroom teachers, informal educators, consultants, agency and outreach staff.
For additional information and registration materials, visit
TeachEngineering.org is a searchable digital library collection of standards-based engineering curricula for use by K-12 teachers and engineering faculty to make applied science and math (engineering) come alive in K-12 settings.
The site is a collaborative project five universities and the American Society for Engineering Education, with NSF National Science Digital Library funding. The collection can be browsed by subject area and provides educators with free access to multi-week curriculum units, lessons, activities and living labs. To explore the resource library, go to
Based at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, The Why Files explore the science, math and technology behind the news of the day, and present those topics in a clear, accessible and accurate manner.
The site produces a new story each week, alternating longer features with shorter shorties. They also post a series of interactive science animations, and a series of teacher activity pages linked to the national science standards. Visit The Why Files at
IslandWood — the outdoor learning center on Bainbridge Island dedicated to fostering lifelong environmental and community stewardship — will hold its fifth annual teacher education conference July 31-August 2.
Teaching Science through Inquiry: Experiential & Engaging Strategies for Science Success will feature specific inquiry-based science activities that will enhance learning in the EALRs, provide strategies to fully engage diverse students inside and outside of the classroom, and utilize the arts to enhance science learning.
For more information, including a list of workshop presenters and speakers, see
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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