June 3, 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
-- TEACH ASTRONOMY FOR UW CREDITS (11-12)
-- MARS ROVERS: WHERE ARE THEY? (5-12)
-- LIVE SOLAR ECLIPSE WEBCAST
-- MATH WORKSHOPS & COACHING ONLINE (K-12)
-- BRING AN ASTRONAUT TO YOUR SCHOOL
-- E-LETTER BEGINS SUMMER SCHEDULE
Interested in teaching a University of Washington Astronomy 101 course for college credit at your high school? UW in the High School (UWHS) allows qualified teachers to offer astronomy and other subjects (Earth science, mathematics) to their students for UW credits.
On June 27, an orientation for prospective UWHS Astronomy 101 teachers will be held from 9 a.m. until noon in the Physics and Astronomy Building, Room C341 on the UW Seattle campus. To register for this session contact Shannon Matson
For information about the UWHS program see
On June 5, join Dr. Steve Ruff of Arizona State University for a free online seminar as he presents an update on the Mars Exploration Rovers, including a description of an important new discovery concerning water and habitability on Mars. The initial results from the Phoenix landing and future Mars exploration plans will also be discussed.
Designed for educators of grades 5-12, the 90-minute seminar will begin at 6:30 p.m. EDT. For more information, go to
On August 1, a team of Exploratorium and NASA heliophysics experts will broadcast live coverage from China of a total solar eclipse. The eclipse begins at 6:09 p.m. China time near the windswept high grasslands northeast of the small hamlet of Yiwu, about two hours north of Hami in the Xinjiang province.
Details on the upcoming coverage are available at
The Northwest Regional Educational Laboratory's Center for Classroom Teaching and Learning offers workshops, onsite coaching and online classes to meet the needs of teachers of K-12 mathematics.
The center also provides professional development that addresses specific school issues, including fostering a more collaborative approach to instruction. For more information, go to
On Sept. 17, astronauts and cosmonauts from around the world will fan out to visit schools throughout Washington. The goodwill visits are part of the Association of Space Explorers XXI Planetary Congress being held that week in Seattle. Request letters are now being accepted to participate this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
Request letters must be signed by the school principal and should contain the following information: the location (city and county; approximate number of people expected to attend; description of any publicity plans; and name, address, telephone number, fax number, and email address of the contact person at the school. The request must also include a statement indicating that the sponsoring organization assumes responsibility for all expenses associated with an appearance.
For more information, please call 206-768-7116 or e-mail
The Association of Space Explorers (ASE) is an international nonprofit professional and educational organization of over 300 individuals from 32 nations who have flown in space. To learn more about ASE, visit
This month, the Washington NASA Space Grant Consortium Newsletter for Teachers begins its summer schedule. There will be a single newsletter in June and July. We will resume our regular twice-monthly schedule in August. For the latest Washington Space Grant news, please visit our Web site at
Ideas, comments and Web sites of interest to other teachers should be sent to Irene Svete, newsletter editor, at
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